Off of the back of some worrying news for Sony and mooted takeover talks, it seems the company has finally put the long rumoured Playstation phone into reality. While many argue that, especially with Sony’s current precarious position, the company should have done years ago, it’s certainly a very interesting prospect. Whether this is related in any way to the also rumoured PSP2, the so-called “Z-System” appears to at least be Android based, with the prototype currently armed with the 2.1 flavour of the OS and a slide out control pad. Currently it’s only equipped with digital gaming controls (U,D,L,R and the PS shape quintet) and a set for stop / start and an undefined button from what can be seen, although there could be shoulder buttons lurking underneath.
As this is the first rumours, there is no word on games – will we begin to see Sony’s IPs on the green robot or will the Playstation part run as a separate entity? Could this even bring a hardware standard to Android gaming, the lack of which is strongly rumoured to be the reason that so few developers have so far released Android versions of their iPhone apps? Furthermore, would this be killed stone dead if the rumoured Apple buyout were to happen (clue – almost certainly)? We’ll have to wait and see, but certainly in a world of Android hardware blending into each other, a Playstation phone is certainly an interesting dot on the mobile horizon.