Sony Ericsson may soon release a new smartphone for video game players. Modeled after Sony's PSP Go handheld gaming system, the development-stage device is rumored to run on Google's Android 3.0 operating system and feature a slide-out "gamepad" in place of a standard keyboard. Popular games like Call of Duty and LittleBigPlanet, will reportedly be available for download through an online store. Is making a PSP phone a good move for Sony? (Watch a CNET report about the PSP smartphone)
Staking out promising new territory: This is "a novel idea," says Jared Newman in PC World. Just by adding "a sliding set of game controls instead of a physical keyboard," Sony will give themselves "an obvious competitive advantage" in the smartphone market. But if they want the device to catch on, Sony needs to offer users access to a wide range of games.
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Sounds like a niche market: While this "seems like something a kid would love," says Seth Weintraub in Fortune, I doubt "most adults" will want "carry a joystick around on their phone all day." Replacing the keyboard with a gamepad severely "limits its use in a world where people want a device that can do it all." Perhaps "I'm not the target market for this type of device," but it doesn't seem like the PSP phone is "going to fly."
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This device will probably never see the light of day: There's no doubt that "the PSP platform needs a reboot," says Ben Patterson in Yahoo! News. But this report sounds dubious. "Last we heard, Sony said it had 'no imminent plans' for a PSP 2, much less a PSP phone." And a partnership with Google would be a sharp change of directions "for Sony’s PlayStation division." A PSP phone is certainly a tantalizing prospect — but keep in mind: "It’s still only a rumor."
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