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Sony Xperia Play retail booths leaked

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Sony Ericsson is getting ready to release the Xperia Play which is their answer to nothing on the market seeing it will be one of the few phones that have been dedicated to gaming. The last attempt made by Nokia and the N-Gage didn’t work out as well as they wanted and at such it was discontinued. But with Sony’s large pockets and the fact that they are a veteran in the gaming industry, hopefully this might be a better attempt, one that actually ticks.

That said, images of the Xperia Play (aka The PSP Phone) have leaked out for some time now and the device has even been given quite extensive demos of not only the Android software, but the gaming strengths of the device.

And now we have images of what the retail booths for the Xperia Play should look like. The retail booths have images of games on the front of them along with booths on top for three Xperia Play devices. With paperwork under them explaining the internals and highlights of the devices.

Interestingly, there is an image of T-Mobile’s logo on the side of the booths. Call us suckers but we wouldn’t be surprised if this device were heading solely to T-Mobile in the United States and Europe. Such a move makes us wonder if SE is planning to make this exclusive or not as it is imperative for them to have a multicarrier portfolio in order for this device to provide real competition in a world where carrier exclusives devices are quickly coming to an end.

We’ll just have to wait and see what comes out of this. Thankfully, it is less than two weeks till Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain and  Sony Ericsson will be there, so stay tuned.

Source: All About Phones

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Reviewed Again

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Details continue to leak about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, the PSP Phone that everyone has been talking about for a couple of years now. The latest leaks come to us via ePrice which had a chance to take the device for a spin including giving some measurements and testing out the device.

Like noted before, the device will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on top a 1GHz processor with a 4-inch display giving all the awesome details in a resolution of 854 x 480. There are slide out PSP controls, much like what you would see on the PSP Go. There is a 5 megapixel camera on the back as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack and standard 1500mAh battery. The Xperia Play peasures 12cm tall and 10cm wide when open.

Obviously, the device is going to be focused on entertainment and gaming and thanks to more game specific API’s in Android 2.3, it is clear that the Xperia Play could be one of the many gaming centric devices to be released with Android running the show.

Little is known so far concerning whether the Xperia Play will have a dedicated app store or if Sony Ericsson will have some type of software built on top of Android where it can run its games specifically for the Xperia Play platform.

With Apple and Microsoft being the two biggest players in the mobile gaming department, Android has been playing catchup, but thanks to close collaboration between the Mountain View and Tokyo companies, the Sony Xperia Play will bridge that gap as Sony is betting big bucks on this device.

Other rumors say that the Xperia Play’s design might in fact be very close to that of the PSP 2 which is said to be currently in the works.

Via: pocketnow

Future Forecast: Mobile Gaming

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

If the latest update about the rumored Sony Ericsson gaming handset has some smart phone fans disappointed, it simply goes to show that the casual gaming market is not yet prepared to take on the hardcore gaming industry seriously.

Sure, there are now plenty of downloadable games and content that are huge; take the previously released Splinter Cell Conviction and the Rage HD mobile app games, installing both would eat up almost a full gigabyte of storage. But compared to the lower spec Sony Playstation Portable’s high end games, that space is nothing –Tekken 6, Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker and DJ Max Portable all reach up to a hefty 1.5 GB, individually.

If the day comes when mobile gaming starts getting hardcore titles, it would require one of two important factors: a combination of very fast internet connection and plenty of internal storage, or a smart phone that actually supports commercial media storage like the UMD.

As for game quality, many casual gamers are already awed and impressed with sloppy conversions of Resident Evil 4, Medal of Honor, Splinter Cell or the equally shallow gameplay of titles like the upcoming Infinity Blade. Despite being easily accessible on the iPad and the iPhone, these game apps are simple point and click activities. Even hardcore titles like Megaman end up becoming broken due to the inaccurate controls.

Games made for pure touch screen controls will never match up to those that require a physical game pad, and with the Sony Ericsson Android gaming smart phone coming, it might just pave the way for industry. In any case, while the quality of game apps may not improve by much at all, it has been estimated that in about 5 years time, mobile gaming’s revenue will be rising all the way up to 7 billion Pounds.

Mobile Gaming Industry: Not Quite There Yet

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

One long standing argument that many casual smart phone owners have with hardcore gamers is that the mobile handset is a viable gaming device. Sure, when it comes to game sales and number of players; mobile apps have all the high numbers in. But when it comes to content, there is nothing on iTunes, the Android Market and other operating systems that can even compare to the content of the original Nintendo Gameboy.

Considering that a rumor last week stated that the so-called PSP Phone is not going to be carrying the PSP or Playstation logo; it is easy to see that the smart phone industry is leagues away from being able to attract real gamers.

A common point often raised up is that third party developers do make apps; Capcom, Lucas Arts, Bandai Namco, Square Enix and many other game companies now have mobile app divisions. There are even major game titles such as Ace Combat, Katamari Damacy, Ridge Racer, Metal Gear Solid, Mass Effect and more available on game apps.

But what many people fail to realize is that despite the impressive graphics and famous titles, these are all watered down versions of the game. The story is mostly missing, gameplay controls are over simplified and of course, due to the limited size of apps, most of the important content is missing.

So what does the smart phone lack for good games? Media storage is the biggest problem. Much like the PSP Go-exclusives lack good titles due to its download-only policy, the same applies to the smart phone. Bad and inaccurate controls of the accelerometer and the touch screen are another reason. Fighting games and other high speed action games require better consistency of controls that only control pads can give –at least in that regard, the upcoming Sony Ericsson gaming phone has a bit of an advantage over other handsets.

Mobile News: HTC OS, WP7 Push and More

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Rumors about a new mobile platform are spreading around. According to various reports, the new OS is going to be developed by none other than Taiwan based phone maker HTC. Considering the state of the mobile phone industry, this is not going to be a surprising move. In fact, if HTC pushes through with this plan, it will certainly not be the first.

Korean phone maker Samsung has proven to the world that it is possible to support other mobile platforms while developing one’s own proprietary system. Samsung’s Omnia series concentrates on the Windows Phone 7 OS while the Galaxy series are comprised of Android smart phones. Their Bada OS is used in the Samsung Wave series. All together, these three series make up the main lineup of Samsung’s smart phone offerings.

HTC can do the same if they decide to come out with an operating system of their own. With the HTC Sense proving that the company can design a great user interface, coming up with a good platform to run it on (outside of the Android) is pretty much within their capabilities.

In other news, Microsoft is going to go all out with the promotion of the Windows Phone 7 mobile platform. It has been announced that the Bing search engine and the Xbox Live network will be used extensively in order to promote the new OS to everyone. Microsoft currently has to take charge and control as much of the gaming industry market as they could before Sony can produce the rumored PSP Phone –something that could literally take the WP7’s XBL market and bring them over to the Android.

Also, Opera has announced that the latest version of their mobile browser, version 10.1, is now available for Symbian devices. They have finished testing the beta version and the currently available browser download would provide users with the final product.

PSP Phone: Opposing Views from Smart Phone Fans

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The announcement of the PSP Phone is almost surprisingly making the smart phone industry pretty excited. This is odd, because despite the fact that the handset is being rumored as an Android device and will have a touch screen display, the fact remains that this is a gaming handheld with phone capabilities –not a gaming-centric mobile phone.

Unlike the Apple iPhone or the HTC Desire, the PSP Phone is a modified PSP device. This means that above all else, it is a gaming handheld first and a smart phone second. In fact, the only thing that the gaming industry can look forward to with this device is the fact that it will consolidate two gadgets into a single device –which is quite convenient to carry around, but at the same time, raises concerns about text messages, emails and voice calls cutting into gaming time.

That can be most inopportune at times; after all, one can ignore the discreet hum of a mobile phone when playing through a climactic battle, the same cannot be said about a sudden text message breaking you timing of a critical special combo in a boss fight.

Another major difference in opinion is the fact that smart phone users want more casual games –which is practically not the direction that Sony wants to go for. While instant playability is a good feature, the PSP Phone (or Sony Playstation Phone, depending on who you believe) is more than silly app games. The system will need to have hardcore RPG titles, high impact action games and of course, the tight combat feel of serious fighting games.

The bottom line here, no casual gamer with a smart phone will switch to a PSP (they are better off investing in a tablet). After all, the price of a PSP phone will not be cheap making it something that specifically targets gamers. So the next time someone states that the PSP needs titles that are like Angry Birds, they can stick to their vanilla smart phones instead.

More Playstation Portable Phone Rumors Shake Up Game Industry

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

The Playstation Portable Phone, this is not a smart phone: this is a gaming device with voice call, SMS and 3G functionality. Or at least, that is what has been detailed out in the latest rumors about the device.

There will certainly be two differing schools of thought with the device, as it will be seemingly handled by Sony Ericsson and Sony Computer Games Entertainment. Naturally, phone fans would want SE to have a larger influence on the device while gamers would prefer SCE to take charge of the new gadget. So far, no official statement has been given regarding who will actually be creating the final designs for the device.

At the very least, it has been directly hinted by Masaru Kato, current CFO of Sony Japan and Peter Dille from Sony Computer Entertainment America. It will certainly be a while before we actually get the see the new device or have an idea of whether the PSP2 and the PSP Phone are actually a single gadget or two different devices.

For the most part, it is believed that there will be a single portable gaming handset to be released by Sony next year and it will have the Playstation brand as well as smart phone capabilities. It has also been said that the Android operating system will be used with a new custom user interface called the Z-system.

So far, current “leaked” screenshots of the hardware are hinting at the use of a new touch pad as opposed to the traditional analog stick that is used by the PSP –this goes in the direct opposite direction that gamers have wanted to see: dual analog sticks on the PSP. While general gadget users may not see the difference, there is a significant level of performance that one can only get from an analog stick that cannot be matched by a touch pad.

Apple’s Free Engraving on New iPads, PSP Phone Rumours Continue

Friday, October 29th, 2010

The PSP Phone is one elusive device –after all, Sony refuses to make comments or statement directly about the whole matter. But from what we have heard from the grapevine, there are plenty of interesting things about the new handheld gaming system –slash mobile phone.

First off, it seems that the device will certainly be packing a touch screen display in addition to the buttons and that it will also have two analog sticks –or more appropriately, nubs.

Another bit of big news is the announcement that the UMD storage option will no longer be used. Now this is not stating that the next PSP will not support physical storage media –but it does say that the older discs are no longer any good to use. Also, the device will certainly support microSD cards (since it is also going to be a smart phone).

HD video will also be a core feature on the device, though this is most likely to be playback on the HD capable touch screen display as opposed to recording capabilities since the mock ups did not seem to have a digital camera –yet.

The most likely OS to be used in the device is the Android 3.0 Gingerbread; since it is expected that Google would out that version by the time the PSP Phone comes out.

In Cupertino, the folks at Apple are already hard at work making the i-Series for Christmas worthy. One interesting new offer brings the Apple team in engraving the back side of the iPad with two lines of dedication –a particularly interesting option for those planning to give out the touch screen tablet as a gift for loved ones.

Be warned however, that due to the hardware modification process that the etching will induce, the iPad in particular will not be refundable.

Gamer’s View: Insights on the PlayStation Phone Rumor

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Once again, the Playstation phone rumor has been revived. A recent image from Engadget along with allegations that the device in the picture is the real deal has once again sparked all the big rumors about the possibility of Sony allowing Sony Ericsson’s engineers to help crank out a new product with the Playstation brand.

However, as promising as the possibility may be, there are some red flags in the whole concept that still need to be addressed.

First off, the lack of PSN; the announcement that there will be a Playstation Marketplace may seem interesting to non-gaming readers, but for those familiar with Sony Computer Entertainment (the part that actually handles the Playstation branding), it is a well known fact that an online store already exists: the Playstation Network. And an argument that the “Marketplace” will be unique since it will host Android compatible apps, that notion is also void.

The fact is that PSN already hosts downloadable games and content for both PS3 and the PSP. Adding in a new category for an Android phone would not be much of an issue –but opening a completely new store just for Sony Ericsson is a moot point.

The second major issue is the lack of the XMB (or cross media browser). Sure, the Android is an amazing OS, and SE even has that Timescape UI for the XPERIA series. But the XMB is the core user interface for Sony’s entertainment systems, from the PSP, to the PS3, and even in the Sony Bravia. It is however, possible to re-skin the XMB on top of the Android OS.

In all honesty, gamers would certainly appreciate the presence of a great gaming phone. But to make it the mainstream device would be a gamble. It is likely that if the PS Phone will be made, it will only be a secondary device to the upcoming PSP 2 (much like the Playstation Portable Go).