PlayStation Phone could be out by Christmas

27 Oct 2010

Sightings of the anticipated PlayStation Phone are adding credence to rumours that Sony has been working on a new device that could potentially debut later this year but certainly in 2011.

Amid rumours that Apple may buy Sony, it seems that Sony has different ideas and wants to compete aggressively against the iPhone in the mobile gaming space.

According to Engadget, the device will boast an Android 3.0 operating system (Gingerbread) along with a customised Sony Marketplace that will allow you to purchase and download games designed especially for the new platform.

It will come with a 1Ghz Qualcomm MSM8655 chip, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM and a screen between 3.7 inches and 4.1 inches in size.

The device will have a long touchpad in the centre for multitouch, and will have two other sets of buttons that remind you of the PlayStation 3 console’s controller. Presumably, at the back of the device there will be two sets of buttons left and right for trigger control, just like on the console controllers.

The question is will Sony release the device in time for the busy Christmas sales season and attack Apple in the midst of building its gaming empire, or will it have to wait another year for the privilege?

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years