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Sony Unveils First PlayStation Phone

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the seeing-what-sticks dept.

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KRK-TR writes "Sony Ericsson has unveiled the first 'PlayStation phone,' called the Xperia Play. The device resembles a regular smart phone but has gaming buttons that slide out from beneath the screen." Eurogamer got some hands-on time with the device, and they had this to say: "The recessed digital controls are precise and responsive but have a hard, microswitch-style 'click' to them which contrasts with the soft, springy touch of a PSP or a Dual Shock pad. There are left and right shoulder buttons recessed into the handset – you need to find these with the tips of your index fingers, rather than the joints as you're used to. The most interesting inputs are the twin circular touch-pads between the buttons. These effectively replace the on-screen virtual analogue sticks that blight so many smartphone games – and they do the job well. ... Despite the nominal similarity to PSPgo, it doesn't bear any family resemblance to or design hallmarks of SCE products, and indeed is only passingly identifiable as a Sony Ericsson phone. It's very much an anonymous Android handset with the added novelty of game controls."

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oblig (4, Insightful)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 3 years ago | (#35249880)

Fuck sony

Re:oblig (5, Insightful)

moniker (9961) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250370)

On the bright side, because it is a phone, there is the DMCA exemption for jail breaking it.

Re:oblig (1)

cbhacking (979169) | more than 3 years ago | (#35251170)

That's actually a very good point. I wonder of Sony really considered that fact...

Re:oblig (2)

canajin56 (660655) | more than 3 years ago | (#35251990)

The DMCA exception doesn't prevent them from bricking your phone, just having you thrown in prison after. They will still put all of their effort into destroying customers phones, don't you worry. It also won't stop the phone from recording every phonecall you make and sending it to Sony over your 3G, nor will it stop it from logging your credit card numbers and sending them to Sony every time it's booted, unencrypted.

Re:oblig (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 3 years ago | (#35252952)

Jailbreaking it for the purpose of changing wireless carrier. The exception's rather neatly circumscribed, you can bet that any jailbreak which allows you to bypass the PlayStation Suite's DRM will have no protection.

Re:oblig (1)

Sloppy (14984) | more than 3 years ago | (#35267494)

The exemption says nothing about changing wireless carriers. It allows you to load software that the manufacturer hasn't blessed. It was a response to the iPhone.

Re:oblig (3, Insightful)

DMoylan (65079) | more than 3 years ago | (#35254392)

so a firmware update to remove the phone functionality? if they can remove the other os option... :-)

haven't bought sony since 1997, not likely to buy for another 10 years. at least.

loading . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35250388)

loading . . .

Re:oblig (2)

ifiwereasculptor (1870574) | more than 3 years ago | (#35251026)

Come on, mods. It isn't really trolling if he's talking about Sony, now, is it? So he was less than eloquent, but he's saying pretty much what all comments below will. You see, this cat Sony is a bad mother-

Re:oblig (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35251048)

Shut your mouth!

Re:oblig (1)

ifiwereasculptor (1870574) | more than 3 years ago | (#35251082)

But I'm talking about Sony!

Re:oblig (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35251150)

Then we can dig it.

Re:oblig (1)

newDzerzhinsky (1806046) | more than 3 years ago | (#35252094)

I am intrigued....Did you actually post twice as an AC and reply to yourself, or was there really someone sad enough to do that for you?

Actually, you probably don't need to answer that... :o

Re:oblig (1)

Phoghat (1288088) | more than 3 years ago | (#35252706)

And the horse they rode in on. They are against every freedom that gamers can aspire to

Re:oblig (1)

SenseiLeNoir (699164) | more than 3 years ago | (#35268076)

Sony Ericson is NOT Sony. It has enough "erricsson" to make that difference clear.

SE has had a history of being more "open" and "standards compliant" than most other phones.

To Little (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35249894)

To Little to late...

Re:To Little (1)

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250400)

Sony of Slashdot?

Engadget covered this almost a month ago [engadget.com] .

Re:To Little (1)

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250418)

Ugh, 'or' not 'of'.

Terrible name (1, Interesting)

imthesponge (621107) | more than 3 years ago | (#35249920)

"Xperia Play"? Are you serious? It sounds like some Chinese knockoff.

Re:Terrible name (3, Interesting)

Narishma (822073) | more than 3 years ago | (#35249986)

I don't see what's wrong with the name. It's part of the Xperia series of Android phones, and Play is obviously for Playstation as it supports the Playstation Suite framework.

Expect confusion... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250214)

...come Christmas time. [expedia.com]

On a positive side, many gamers will actually get to see the world. The one outside.

Re:Expect confusion... (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250596)

Are you saying people will confuse xperia with expedia?

What kind of morons do you hang around with?

Never misunderestimate people's potential... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250922)

...for stupidity. Normal distribution... she is a very strict bitch. But a sexy one too.
And anyone can ring her bell, IF you know what I mean. [wikipedia.org] Nudge-nudge, wink-wink, say no more...

What kind of morons do you hang around with?

Depends. Sometimes they are your regular morons, and sometimes they just don't get the jokes like the ones I made in the post above.
Those just get the "Whoosh!" sound instead. A very peculiar phenomenon indeed.

Re:Never misunderestimate people's potential... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35252894)

Yeah, dumb chicks are easy and sexy as hell.

DOA (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35249938)

Reminds me of this bit from "Objectified", quoting roughly:

"So the stats come, our average customer is a woman about 30-s early 40-s, has 2 point 3 children on average. I interrupted him. I said, don't give me the average, give me the extremes, the average will take care of itself naturally"

If you are a gamer enough that you'd want your phone to come with a thick joystick pad, wouldn't you rather go the extra inch, and get yourself a separate PSP, that is the solid experience, and then some phone, as you need.

I think most will.

Many phones make great casual gaming devices. But this poor hybrid will see the same sad destiny as other gaming phones we've seen in the past.

Oh and if you get it, don't get carried away playing for too long, or else you can't make critical calls on a wasted battery. Sucks, I know.

Unknown sources (2)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#35249992)

If you are a gamer enough that you'd want your phone to come with a thick joystick pad, wouldn't you rather go the extra inch, and get yourself a separate PSP, that is the solid experience, and then some phone, as you need.

Except PSP can't run the specific game you want to play because Sony declines to give its developer a license to develop for PSP. Lately, Sony has even been seen to sue those who enable homebrew on its platforms. But this isn't Sony's platform; it's Google's, and the majority of Android-powered phones and tablets have "Unknown sources" and "USB debugging" switches that explicitly allow homebrew. This report on a forum [ps3trophies.com] claims that Xperia Play, like most Android-powered devices not sold by AT&T, is expected to have the "Unknown sources" switch.

"Objectified"? Oh.. so you're an Appleoid, right? (2)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250154)

"So the stats come, our average customer is a woman about 30-s early 40-s, has 2 point 3 children on average. I interrupted him. I said, don't give me the average, give me the extremes, the average will take care of itself naturally"

You do realize that THAT is exactly where N-Gage came from? The very extreme value on the curve representing a normal distribution of mobile phone users.

If you are a gamer enough that you'd want your phone to come with a thick joystick pad, wouldn't you rather go the extra inch, and get yourself a separate PSP, that is the solid experience, and then some phone, as you need.

But if you are a gamer looking for a new "smart" phone, and along comes such a phone by a major manufacturer of phones AND game consoles, and such phone happens to also be a dedicated gaming console...
Yeah... you're absolutely right.
You should instead buy 3 iPhones and an iPad (make that 2 iPads), and 5 iPods and you'd be all set. I mean... we all know that iPad is actually the future of gaming.
And you should always have your gadgets completely separated. One for music, one for video watching, one for video recording, one for storage, one for audio recording, one for audio listening, one for a flashlight, one for a fleshlight...

Many phones make great casual gaming devices. But this poor hybrid will see the same sad destiny as other gaming phones we've seen in the past.

But, but, but... you just said that phones are great casual gaming devices. You mean to say all these phones [pocketgamer.co.uk] were actually abysmal failures? [pocketgamer.co.uk]

Or are you actually saying that it will be an iPhone killer?

Oh and if you get it, don't get carried away playing for too long, or else you can't make critical calls on a wasted battery. Sucks, I know.

Yeah... I know. I hate when Wi-Fi does that.

Re:"Objectified"? Oh.. so you're an Appleoid, righ (1)

Golddess (1361003) | more than 3 years ago | (#35251294)

I agree. It would be great to have a single portable device for both gaming and making phone calls, so long as it's a gaming device that can also make phone calls instead of a phone that can also play games (*cough*n-gage*cough*). My only question though, can it play UMDs? Not seeing anything one way or the other on that.

And you should always have your gadgets completely separated. [...] one for a flashlight, one for a fleshlight...

I lol'd.

Re:"Objectified"? Oh.. so you're an Appleoid, righ (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#35251406)

We aim to please here at Slashdot.

And no, not in THAT way.

Re:"Objectified"? Oh.. so you're an Appleoid, righ (1)

newDzerzhinsky (1806046) | more than 3 years ago | (#35252114)

We aim to please here at Slashdot.

And no, not in THAT way.

Damn, I was gonna bin my fleshlight and just read slashdot....then you ruined it all :(

Re:"Objectified"? Oh.. so you're an Appleoid, righ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35254584)

Wait, why is the OP implying that you can't field replace the battery on the phone? Gamers would already be use to carrying around UMDs or small cartridges; couldn't you replace those with battery(ies) for gaming that can last for your marathon 20 hour gaming spree?

Oh wait, I guess the OP's use to not being able to replace the battery, perhaps because of a decision s/he made in picking what technology s/he owns.

Re:DOA (1)

Dr Herbert West (1357769) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250444)

I, for one, am lookin forward to building mobile phone games that can handle real joystick input.

Real question is, how's this going to work with the Android API? Special input class? Does anybody know?

Oh, and, um... fuck Sony, BTW.

Re:DOA (1)

bemymonkey (1244086) | more than 3 years ago | (#35252436)

I may be wrong about this, but I don't think the PSP runs NES, SNES, Genesis or Gameboy games, does it? If you're into older stuff, an Android phone with a gamepad is a fantastic proposition...

Re:DOA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35252804)

You are wrong [zophar.net]

Re:DOA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35254096)

a psp with custom firmware can run emulators, so yes it does.

Re:DOA (1)

bemymonkey (1244086) | more than 3 years ago | (#35254254)

Interesting. That puts the Playstation Phone at an advantage - getting emulators on Android is as easy as downloading them from the market, no root or custom firmware necessary :)

Late to the Party (3, Funny)

TheRedDuke (1734262) | more than 3 years ago | (#35249988)

This is about two years too late, Sony. And while you were busy trying to pedal the Go, your chief competitor was putting tens of millions of their units in consumers' hands and building an impressive library of inexpensive games.

Oh, just got a phone call on my iPhone. Nokia and Palm want to know if you're free tonight.

Re:Late to the Party (1, Informative)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250644)

Android is the number one platforms for smartphones. It pushed out Nokia. Your little toy phone wasn't even a contender.

Re:Late to the Party (1)

Salvo (8037) | more than 3 years ago | (#35252792)

Android is the most common, not necessary most popular.
Would you say that Windows is more popular than Mac OS X, or only more common.

Android's current ubiquity is mainly because of Saturation of the US Market with cheap/free handsets. In other countries, WM7, Symbian and Android are equal competitors, vying for sales when iPhones are out-of-stock.

Re:Late to the Party (1)

tuppe666 (904118) | more than 3 years ago | (#35252946)

LOL the reality is Android is the most popular, Selling WOLDWIDE twice that of the iPhone. You can argue many things about Android, but it is the No.1 smartphone platform and growing, and it is because of the massive advantage of "fragmentation". You simply cannot buy a iPhone with a built-in unique input device.

Re:Late to the Party (1)

Patch86 (1465427) | more than 3 years ago | (#35260162)

There's a difference between "popular" and "best". That's always been known. The most popular films are not the best films, the best music is not the most popular. A Ford Focus is more popular than a Ferrari Enzo (for a variety of reasons, not least of which is price); doesn't necessarily make it the better car.

Android is more popular than iOS. That might be because there are more Android products to choose from, or it might be because of the price, or it might or might not be seen as the better designed or more functional platform, or it might or might not have more "cool factor". But regardless, it is more popular.

Re:Late to the Party (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35252882)

Your little toy phone wasn't even a contender.

Yes, my little toy phone was beaten by 300 separate models, all slightly different, half of which had to be given away.

Android = teh winnar.

Re:Late to the Party (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35252634)

Late? Show me another phone that has a built in gamepad. Touchscreens are crap when it comes to playing most types of games.

That said, I'd buy one of these in an instant if it had a dual slider with a gamepad on one side and a keyboard on the other. Slide it down for gamepad, slide it up for keyboard and have the UI auto-rotate.

Re:Late to the Party (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 3 years ago | (#35253072)

Not really. It's an Android phone (yeah, I know - you're probably as confused as I am that Sony didn't follow Nokia and go down the "Microsoft Kin v2" route.). So there's already a bunch of games/apps out there. Hopefully this will provide the same spur to other manufacturers to come up with some improvements to their own phones with regard to games that the HTC Desire/Nexus One did around a year ago.

My phone already plays Sony games. (1, Troll)

Immostlyharmless (1311531) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250024)

Why the hell would I buy some Sony POS that they are liable to brick or not let me make calls on if it doesn't have updated firmware every 2 weeks. Sony can lick my fat sack. I *almost* lifted my 10 year ban on Sony products and bought a PS3 prior to Christmas, bought an Xbox instead. Boy am I ever glad I stuck to my guns.

emulators! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35250636)

I assume I can play any emulator using the slideout (android is already prepared for a d-pad), making me independant of sony if I wish -- they probably have little to do with sonyericsson and android anyway.

Already not in line to not buy it. (0, Flamebait)

DCFusor (1763438) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250066)

As a poster above said. Fuck sony. No way those asshats get a single dime off me after all they've done.

N-GAGE 2 (3, Insightful)

allusionist (983106) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250098)

So it's a new N-Gage.

And Sony thinks that THIS TIME it will be successful? They really have lost touch with reality.

Re:N-GAGE 2 (4, Insightful)

chuckymonkey (1059244) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250738)

Except that they're opening with a nice library of games from playstation, something a lot of people remember fondly. They also have a nice framework for gaming programmers to use to make new games. The phone is also useful outside of being a gaming device, it runs Android something a lot of people are already invested in. So, this is more value add than anything else. You can use all the apps you already have on your Android device, play games that were on Playstation which so many remember fondly, and have a very powerful and useful smartphone. No, this is not another N-Gage, if anything the Playstation framework is a "killer" app.

Re:N-GAGE 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35252184)

Except that they're opening with a nice library of games from playstation, something a lot of people remember fondly.

Which you are going to pay and pay and pay for, and oddly enough, each time you pay for them again, you seem to be able to claim less and less ownership of them.
    Whatever fond memories I have of playing games, are attached to the device I was playing hem on. Game "X" on a portable device is not at all the same as playing on the TV with a wired controller.

Re:N-GAGE 2 (1)

Salvo (8037) | more than 3 years ago | (#35252802)

The problem with N-Gage and PSP is that they try to be Portable Gaming for Hard-Core Gamers. The truth is, Hard-Core Gamers would rather sit at their Overclocked PC, or in front of their X-Box or PS3 to play their Hard-Core Games.
Casual Gamers are the only people who play games on their phone.

Speaking of Casual Games. My 5-year-old Niece loaded all the (free) games onto her iPod Touch. Her father loaded lots of free games onto an old iPhone 3G. His new Android doesn't have any games on it, because he can't figure out the Android Marketplace on his Phone.

Re:N-GAGE 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35254652)

This is the OOOOLD 2008 Android Market:
http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2008/08/googles-android-market-cathedral-or-bazaar.ars

The slightly newer:
http://www.geardiary.com/2009/12/17/android-market-gets-updated-tab-for-t-mobile-users/

And the newest:
http://androidandme.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/android-market-makeover.jpg

I guess your fathers a fucking retard, because it's clearly laid out in all 3 cases: there's nice big buttons on the top labeled "Apps", "*GAMES*". Tapping Games goes into further subcategories to refine what you're looking for.

Seriously, he should grow a brain, unless there's a reason why he's getting confused when things are sitting right in front of him.

Re:N-GAGE 2 (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 3 years ago | (#35255230)

The problem with the N-Gage was that it was an incredibly poorly designed piece of junk. Talk like a taco? Have to pull out the battery to change the cartridge? You might as well have shipped each one with typhoid fever and a cue-cat.

And the PSP has seen worldwide sales of 62 million units. It's not as over-the-top popular as the more innovative (and slightly cheaper) DS was, but it was by no means a failure.

Re:N-GAGE 2 (1)

gozu (541069) | more than 3 years ago | (#35252888)

No, the Killer app are the delicious controls that will allow non-casual games to be played.

Battery life remains a huge problem though.

Re:N-GAGE 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35254160)

That you'll have to rebuy EVERY game you want to play. Any games you remember fondly that you might still have a copy of wont work (Either on PS3 or PSP)

Because of this, and Sony's stance on OtherOS, there is no way I'll buy one.

Re:N-GAGE 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35256528)

I actually have the Xperia play right in front of me as I write this since I work as a developer for a certain Swedish company... (please remember that the phone was *not* made by Sony) The games that comes with it is fairly cool and playing some good old psx games is nice, but the most fun I have with it is playing emulator games, there are the usual set of nes/snes/gameboy/sega/mame emulators for Android, and they run smooth on the phone hardware and works with the gamepad.
so N-GAGE 2? The n-gage suffered from lack of games... on the release day - Xperia play runs the full console retro history, all native android games, ps1 games as well as the proprietrary games developed especially for it. Combined with everything else you can do with Android makes it a pretty fun gadget...

Re:N-GAGE 2 (1)

SenseiLeNoir (699164) | more than 3 years ago | (#35268106)

People forget that Sony Ericsson still has that "Ericsson" part. I agree with you however, and hope someone mods you up.

Re:N-GAGE 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35251214)

N-Gage was Nokia, not SE.

Disappointed :( (3, Interesting)

Zelgadiss (213127) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250126)

You have no idea how disappointed I was when I found out it couldn't play PSP games - that I thought it would be able to based on it's name.

Re:Disappointed :( (3, Informative)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250258)

why? some psp's dont even play psp games... and ... if you had not noticed with the many versions of the psp, sony is not that great about quality portable games, but strongly feels you need to rebuy all new cables / batteries every time they tweak it, or on the GO where they flat out said "eh just buy your games again if we feel like copying them to the website".

Re:Disappointed :( (1)

rsmith-mac (639075) | more than 3 years ago | (#35252148)

Sure, but that means it's still less functional than a PSP-Go, never mind a PSP-3000. It can't play PS2 games, it can't play PSP games, so that leaves you with what, PS1 games? Anyone who wanted to play PS1 games on a phone was already doing that thanks to some very good PS1 emulators and the fact that PS1 games are a dime a dozen (and easy to image).

Re:Disappointed :( (1)

Teknikal69 (1769274) | more than 3 years ago | (#35252534)

Not to mention it's still missing 2 shoulder buttons so emulation won't be even be great the original playstation had 4 not two. This alone is enough to mess up a lot of the best ps1 games.

I did want an ngp though it looked really good until I found out it had a sealed un replaceable battery guess I'll be skipping all Sonys offerings.

Maybe in 18 months... (1)

keith_nt4 (612247) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250332)

My Verizon contract will be up in ~18 months (July 2012) and by then maybe there will be a decent version of this. Unless I am remembering something else entirely there will a "framework" or whatever that will allow for these ExperiaPlay-whatever games to run on multiple devices. Like a runtime or DRM layer or something, I don't know. Anyway the point is if these things are improved in 18 months and it's still Android that does everything a normal android does I think I might consider one of these. Maybe the gamepad-like button set will also make emulators that much easier to approach. And it will still be subsidized instead of $400 and work as an actual phone I hope...

So Typical (2)

gearloos (816828) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250520)

Use an OPEN OS, close the F%@K out of it, and sell it. Whay am I not surprised. As stated in post #1 F##K SONY and the Nintendo's success they rode in on

Re:So Typical (1)

Zelgadiss (213127) | more than 3 years ago | (#35252698)

I regret to inform you that Android is only "open" to handset makers.

Tivoization as it's finest.

Re:So Typical (1)

gearloos (816828) | more than 3 years ago | (#35253782)

Hmm I seem to remember downloading a source bundle. I don't make handsets.

Re:So Typical (1)

Ixokai (443555) | more than 3 years ago | (#35253894)

And you took that software and were able to update your Droid to the latest release whenever you wanted, right?

If so, congratulations!

If not, that's pretty much the definition of tivoization.

Getting the source code is nice and all.

Being able to USE the source ON any of your devices that run a previous version of it is what defines open and free.

This, "Android is Open" thing is just sorta a lie to consumers. Fortunately, to most consumers they don't understand or care. Unfortunately, the consumers that should know the difference (I'm looking at you all), it seems you don't understand or care either.

Re:So Typical (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35254762)

Actually, yes. If you look over at XDA, there's clear instructions on how to do it. Sure, it's not as easy as a plug-n-play, but these are phones, and the closest hardware you'd field-change that is relevant to the OS is the memory card.

An advantage of fixed hardware is taken up by the HTC Thunderbolt, which can boot into a ready state in under 10 seconds.

Re:So Typical (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35256124)

Actually I run the nightly builds from Cyanogen on a Nexus S. I do occasionally poke around in Google's sources but no, I don't really update my own image. I am able to download many different flavors of Roma and yes I can downgrade my O S to a previous version if so inclined

If only it was from a reputable vendor........ (1)

Blue_Wombat (737891) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250564)

Bah..it's a Sony - the vermin of the consumer electronics industry. There is no way they are getting another dime from me .... ever. If it was from a reputable vendor I might have been interested. Do you have to wait five minutes before you can make every call while it downloads new firmware to patch its in-built root-kit?

Re:If only it was from a reputable vendor........ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35251360)

C'mon rootkits are old school, they have all kinds of new technology at their disposal now. It's a portable device, so the SONY freakshow likely has some kind of surveillance kit built in. As for updates, well, it'll just turn itself on when it know you're not using it (night time), and wait for a SONY controller to decide what software would best suit SONY's needs, next.
So what are they going to offer, like 2 or 3 new games, then insist you buy all the old games again, at $60 a pop? On another new proprietary format? Where you don't own the machine, the games, and maybe even the bandwidth you've paid for. Hah, that'll be the day.
Fuck SONY. They can rot in a dead anus.

Does it come with sidetalking? (1)

Fremandn (316311) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250928)

I'm sure that it will be n-gageing.

Man, if they were only 3 or 4 years quicker (1)

bobjr94 (1120555) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250932)

A phone that can play games, has a large screen, can likely store lots of music, that would have been cool in 2006 now its like welcome to the club. It will probably use some special Sony only sim & memory cards.

instant down mod probably... (2)

fred fleenblat (463628) | more than 3 years ago | (#35250952)

Is there some epidemic of compulsive gaming going on? Honestly, there's nothing wrong with playing some games at home on a PC or console, then stopping that and doing something else for a while.

Go for a walk, hang out with friends, get something to eat, heck, even do homework or (gasp!) talk to your parents about life. It's okay, and possibly even healthy, to do non-twitch, non-adrenaline things while out and about each day.

Re:instant down mod probably... (1)

newDzerzhinsky (1806046) | more than 3 years ago | (#35252164)

Go for a walk, hang out with friends, get something to eat, heck, even do homework or (gasp!) talk to your parents about life. It's okay, and possibly even healthy, to do non-twitch, non-adrenaline things while out and about each day.

Wow....not sure if you remembered where you were posting or not while I read that.
"Go for a walk"....sounds like you forgot it was /.
"Hang out with friends"....same as above.
"Get something to eat"....Hmmm, might be OK for /., but I doubt most forget to do that one.
"Do homework"....Really? You might be right and I am out of touch, but is /. really inhabited mainly by people who have "homework" these days?
"Talk to your parents about life"....Well, fair enough, assuming the readers can shout loud enough to be heard from the basement.
"Out and about each day"....lmao....Nope, you really did forget you were on /. didn't you? :D

Re:instant down mod probably... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35252418)

Handheld games have been around for.... 35 years now? And you're only NOW worried about this?

Re:It actually works the other way round for me (1)

franciscohs (1003004) | more than 3 years ago | (#35253742)

I don't spend much time at home playing games, because I like to hang out with friends, go for a walk, read a book, listen music, etc... it's actually when I'm on the train to work that I read a book or use my DS to spend that useless time.

Too little, too late (1)

dark_requiem (806308) | more than 3 years ago | (#35251020)

Sony's a late entrant to a market for playing its own games on mobile. fpseCE has been available on WinMo forever, and has just been ported to android. Android already had psx4droid (even though it was slow, buggy, incompatible, the fps counter was bs, etc.) for quite some time. fpse plays all the original psx games (you know, the ones you already have, already paid for years ago, and don't feel like paying for again?), it's fast, compatible, looks great, and runs on ANY android phone. By releasing a specific phone to run Sony's "official" psx emulator, they're shooting themselves in the foot. Even the gamepad will soon have limited appeal, as there are already several projects out there to make a good universal bluetooth pad for smartphones (I myself am actually working on a slide-out gamepad to clip onto the back of my G2, and am currently just waiting to have spare cash to buy some parts).

So, Sony can go ahead and put out an entire phone for a niche market (that phone, by the way, has almost identical specs to the HTC Desire Z/G2 that has been out for many months, but with gamepad instead of keyboard), while independent devs continue to make universal apps that do the same thing on ANY reasonably powerful phone, with no DRM (not announced for the Sony system, but knowing Sony, you can bet your shiny metal ass it'll be in there). Guess which strategy will pay off?

Unlocking this phone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35251028)

What are the odds of unlocking this phone? High! What are the odds that the anal-retentive company backing it will sue till their blue? High! Will they listen to reason eg: the supreme court allows unblocking... NO! Will they still sue till they're blue? YES! Will I buy one? NO! Should anyone give them business? NO!

Unlock for what? (1)

petman (619526) | more than 3 years ago | (#35252288)

I'm sorry, but I'm not clear in what aspect you expect this phone to be locked.

X Play Anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35251422)

Why don't they just call it X Play? Oh, wait...

Does anybody care? (1)

MeNeXT (200840) | more than 3 years ago | (#35251598)

Why would you even want one... in a couple of months it could probably stop being a phone..... possible no service.... no texting... how can you even be sure that it will still play games?

I hate "mobile" games (1)

Boycott BMG (1147385) | more than 3 years ago | (#35252254)

Most of the big, expensive mobile games use a "virtual joystick" which I hate. I tried to get used to them in the diablo clone Dungeon Hunter, but I just couldn't. It was missing the tactile feedback that I need. If this thing takes off to any degree, then I hope it sets a precedent.

Re:I hate "mobile" games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35253042)

It's got two round touchpad controller, to mimic analog sticks. if you pay attention on the photos there are two circles in the middle of the controller.

I got it in my hand, one word - emulators! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35253226)

Employees at a certain Swedish office space are now allowed to take the "zeus" phone outside the building, I just installed nes/snes and Sega genesis emulators and filled the SD card with my old rom collection, they run perfectly at full speed and it's mapping the (Actually great) gamepad to the emu works perfectly. now playing mega man X3 with full snes controls. This is going to be a serious hit really... it can play gazillions of games.

It's a phone, for now . . . (3, Funny)

muridae (966931) | more than 3 years ago | (#35253434)

We should have all learned of Sony's plan after the PS3. Sure, this phone runs android right now. They may even release it with android in the furture. But as soon as they figure out that people have android apps that Sony doesn't control, poof, and away it goes. At that point, we will be lucky if it still functions as a phone. Sony might try telling us that we only bought a piece of plastic, and they made no claim to it being either a phone or a gaming system, and to feel lucky that we get to keep the chunk of plastic we bought.

But don't think of hacking that now useless piece of plastic!

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