PlayStation Phone Ideal vs Actuality


Sony Ericsson’s upcoming PlayStation Phone is coming under fire for its tacky design – particularly when compared to some of the svelte mockups which were circulated prior to it becoming a real product.

The ideal:

The actuality:


The device itself is now believed to be set for an April 2011 release, and will follow the PSP Go model of downloadable games, although there is some speculation that the games will actually be significantly cheaper this time.

Aside from it being ridiculed for being hideous, there are also concerns over it being little more than a repackaged PSP Go – a device which proved less than successful.

With the mobile gaming market already owning PSPs or DSes and currently salivating over the 3DS, and smartphone users now having access to a huge variety of sexy phones with markedly superior capabilities to the now rather dated PSP, the PlayStation Phone’s success is somewhat in doubt.

Whether the PlayStation Phone (which carries an Android standard 1Ghz processor) actually uses PSP hardware or is merely an emulator is still not clear – were Sony able to overcome its aversion to hardware it does not control, selling PSP games over Android’s Market might prove quite lucrative.

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    Avatar of GREW
    Comment by GREW
    08:42 23/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This thing sure looks like a cheap Made in China copy!

    And... why does it run with a Linux version? I though Sony banned the support on Linux for the PS? :3

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    Comment by King Tiger
    08:47 23/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    i like the "ideal" model more that the "actual" one

    has anyone realized the words: "PlayStation Phone" has the letters "PSP" in it? O_o?

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    Comment by Shadow C
    14:07 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was really hoping for an actual PSP2 instead of this.

    Here are my top reasons for this device failing.
    1. Cell phone Contracts(people don't leave their networks easily)
    2. Huge competition(competing with a bunch of smart-phones instead of just going up against the 3DS is a dumb idea)
    3. Current generation hardware(hard to stay relevant with better smart-phones coming out every year)

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    Comment by alidan
    13:01 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Shadow C

    1) contracts last 1-2 years on average. you cant launch a phone if you don't already plan on this, and sony launches allot of phones.

    2) competition from what? iphone? android? if this plays old games for playstation, and gives app games real fucking controls, this will be the gamers phone of choice.

    3) i dont get what you are saying. because this is somewhere on par with the best out there in hardware terms i believe.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    08:59 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who the fcuk think they're kidding?!

    Why not just call it "PSP Ni Go" instead?

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    Comment by alidan
    19:02 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    so what are we bitching about here? the flip up phone making the over all product smaller so it more easily fits into out pockets?

    the fact that we only want 1 analogue stick? as the "ideal" version only has one, the actual may have 2 emulated sticks, but fuck, i would rather have 2 emulated analogue sticks than only one.

    or ate we bitching that it has the psp go look? the psp go want a bad design, give it a bigger screen, and have the controls hidden so its more portable.

    and who is the retard who like the iphone controls for any game? there are some, ill admit, that work better on a touch screen, but dammit there has never been one game worth playing on the i phone that i didn't want some physical controls.

    and if you haven't guessed, i prefer the actual over the ideal.

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    Comment by OhYeah
    10:01 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Words fail me. It's like a knockoff of every other flip top phone in existence. Shouldn't there be a page where they are like "USE THE DESIGN THEY GAVE YOU! IT IS FREE!"

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    Comment by Alpha
    09:47 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Or better yet, why don't we call it the Sony N-Gage. It'll do just about as well >_>

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    Comment by alidan
    12:57 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wall plugs are ment to get you from point a to point b.

    its like a gaming laptop. you want a laptop for portability, and it also has the benefit of being mobile. its not meant to last you 20 hours on the go, its meant to last you between places you can plug it in.

    there hasn't been a single time i went somewhere where i was away from an outlet for more than 4 hours where gaming was an option.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:05 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope because it has no dvd drive this has a battery-life longer then a couple of hours.
    Wall-plug portables might as well be a home console.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:35 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey Sony, nobody cares about this, just finish the damn PSP2 already while i play with my iPhone 4, thank you.

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    Comment by Megidola
    09:07 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a PSP Go with a regular phone taped to the back, which is cleverly hidden by the choice of angle in this photograph.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:05 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thought, "Wow, it seems somewhat fair and not skewed by Artefacts INSANE devotion to nintendo for once."

    Then saw the Second to last paragraph, hah...

    Of course..

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    Comment by obro
    08:44 23/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    when will they learn....

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:38 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Everyone here is over looking the positive thing about this phone. It has little to do with the psp itself.

    It's simply the fact that the phone has a real game pad built into it. That is a big plus, at least until somebody else gets the idea to put a game pad into their phone, psp or not.

    Android emulators are quite popular, and being able to use this phone for that purpose would be the single greatest benefit. That is why the psp (not phone) is still one of the better emulator platforms out there, because the psp is a gaming system it has the best configuration for all your classic gaming needs. The problem with current phone emulators is quite simple, touch screens suck for games, and trying to use a phone keyboard is not much better.

    Now being able to have not just a psp, but all the classic 8, 16, and 32 bit era games, along with a proper controller on your phone would be freakin' sweet. And maybe (just maybe) some Android devs will make games that support a game pad configuration, which would would be quite nice as well.

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    15:45 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, what do you expect, mock-ups tend to appear to reach unreal heights of existence anyway...

    It wasn't exactly going to look better then all of them anyway...

    That being said, WTFH is with that white, hey, hey, lose that color on that part or it will generally just looks worse then it probably is...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:34 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unfortunately its still all speculation as nothing official has come out of Sony Electronics nor its Ericsson or Playstation divisions. The "ideal" picture is an artists rendition in photoshop (its not even a physical mockup) so is the "actual" (thus the reason for the Linux desktop)

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:45 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Must be a prototype or something. that can't be the real deal. I mean, how does it play Monster Hunter?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:12 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Err Sony have been using this design since 2005, way before the PSP GO.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:11 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    fucking do not want

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:46 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    But still there will be some idiots who will buy it just because it is a playstation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:29 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If sony keeps this up we wont be seeing a ps4

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    Comment by Chiaki H
    15:00 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously? No, that has to be a China quarity copy. NO one would make such a dumb decision to make something so ugly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:20 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    that can't be real must be a fake

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    Comment by Pin
    21:02 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So this is Sony's take on the N-Gauge?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:05 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    a 9-digit keypad, you think that is ideal?! you people are dumb.

    It should be almost exactly like it is, the difference being that it should be designed to slide both directions, exposing a QWERTY keypad on the other side.

    Lower the d-pad and buttons, shrink the width of the touch sensitive pad and relocate the select/start buttons bellow it. Then there should be enough space for that, provided they made the rail system correctly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:28 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That "actuality" photo is purportedly a leaked, unofficial image of a SUPPOSED development model. The legitimacy of the pic is questionable, as is its finality.

    But inflammatory journalism and readers blindly following are nothing new here, are they?

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    Comment by Zavulon
    06:52 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have this thing, kind of sucks as a playstation phone but the buttons make playing GBA games a joy :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wasn't going to buy this crap from the get go. PSP does me just fine for music vids, and games. I don't want a tiny handheld like that for games anyhow. It would be awesome if someone modified it to look like the ideal pic though...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:43 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The *actual* unit is based more on reality in that it uses a bigger screen like a typical smart phone. Compared to the mock-up with a more complicated (but very cool looking) dual sliding mechanism - which would be more prone to damage.

    Its the way to go and with Android.

    If the PSP-Phone came out 2-3 years ago, then it would be a different device.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:22 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I develop for this stuff at my company (Can't say which). This is not even compatible with PSP, it's just android with a custom game oriented api from sony. It's more like a XBLA competitor than PSP.

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    Comment by Fajar Purnama
    01:49 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder what happen when someone calls you in the middle of a game?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, the PsP -go was a bag of shit, gone was the originality of the UMD disk, and now we have to D/L games and stuff into the device. pooooo

    The ORIGINAL PsP had it all, I still have my house brick one, its a really great multimedia device [not games system as portrayed]I listen to my MP3 music daily, still avidly play Monster hunter Freedom Unite, and have a cool program that converts movies into magable sizes for my memory card to use, not to mention anime, and comic book viewers for manga.

    PsP-Go = Go stuff it in the bin.....

    Comment by PhillB
    05:45 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No chance that flashy tacky gadget can outstand its sleeky design versus the iPhone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:01 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you're curious, the mockup is from a 2008 edition of the Portuguese edition of Stuff. I bought that edition actually, but I'm pretty sure it was trashed away long ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:32 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sorry sony, but Nintendo gets my money with the 3DS this round...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This stuff is about as fake as it can be.

    Remember all the fake PS3 images and shit the internet has "leaked."

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:17 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    there are even videos of it

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    Comment by Ichiro Ino
    09:16 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I totally forgot the S*ny makes phones...

    I was like, "What!? S*ny is going to make Phones now!?"

    And suddenly remembers that I for one is an Ericsson user...

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    Comment by Mizushima 水島
    09:41 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    thats hella small for my big hands

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:41 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A slider phone with pads that aren't even on level... ideal? Hardly.
    Can already imagine you closing the fucking thing by accident all the time while playing a game.
    My ideal PSP phone is very simple: A PSP slim that just happens to work as a phone. That's it.
    Then again, I'm not interested in a PSP phone at all, so...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:15 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't really see a problem.

    The "actual" one while not as "shiny" is more practical. IMO

    Of the "ideal" designs, I can't find the D-pad on the left one, the one on the right will be crazy long for a phone assuming the screen is of a reasonable size.

    People do expect to be able to keep a phone in their pocket.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ahm actuatlly the 2 phones are the same on the ideal picture! its a dual slide! so you need to slide the phone to the other direction to see the d pad! and i agree with above comment that holding it will be akward cause they are on a different level (dpad and xo bottons)

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:14 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah I see.
    Never thought of that.

    One way of fixing the "level" problem would be to make both sides slide out (both left and right), but that would mean more moving parts and what you kind of end up with is almost the same as the actual design.

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    Comment by Rizual
    08:42 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like the mockup better...

    It feels alot more userfriendly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:53 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like the actual version better, just needs to be black inside as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:58 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No it doesn't.

    Just look at the position of the D-pad and the buttons. They're not even on the same level. One is lower than the other. That's going to be awkward to hold.

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    Comment by Majineko
    09:26 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    true, but it still has tht awesome classic ericson look

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