The PlayStation Phone: It’s a PlayStation! It’s a phone! It’s…what the hell is this thing?
Tech blog Engadget posted pictures last night of what it claims to be the in-the-plastic PlayStation Phone. The PlayStation Phone sports a touchscreen and landscape gaming controls which slide out from behind the display. The controls include the familiar four-way directional pad and square, circle, triangle and X buttons from the PlayStation controller, but swap dual joysticks for a multitouch area in the middle. Two shoulder triggers can be found on the top of the device (held horizontally).
According to the blog, specs include:
- 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655
- 512MB of RAM
- 1GB of ROM
- 3.7- to 4.1-inch screen
- SD Card reader (surprising considering Sony’s proprietary MemoryStick format is missing)
Additionally, the PlayStation Phone is running Android, Google’s smartphone OS. The version the PlayStation Phone is believed to be using is version 3.0, allegedly the upcoming “Gingerbread” update (Google codenames each major Android release after a type of dessert).
The PlayStation Phone, when it launches next year, will have a custom Sony skin running atop Android. That’ll come with a custom Sony Marketplace to download apps and whatnot.