This has either been the worst product reveal ever, or Sony has been letting all this info out as part of some strange marketing plan. The good news is that it should all come to an end when Sony announces it at the World Mobile Congress next week.
“We have a completely open stance [with PlayStation Suite]. With carriers and with hand set makers. There are a variety of OSes, but we’re focusing first on Android. There’s also Windows, iOS and so forth, but we don’t have the resources to make it compatible with everything from the start. We’re not ruling out PSS even on products like Sony Internet TV Powered by Google (Google TV) if adoption rate increases, or if it will help push adoption greatly.” – Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai
Personally, I thought the PlayStation Suite announcement was much more exciting than anything we heard about the NGP. We will have to wait and see how all the pieces fall together, but I’m excited to see just how much competition this will bring to Apple.
Along side the NGP announcement this morning, Sony has revealed their plans to support Android based mobile systems with “PlayStation Suite”.
PlayStation Suite will launch in 2011 and will allow Android devices to run “PlayStation quality” software, starting with original PS One classic titles. Additionally, the NGP will also be able to access the PlayStation Suite, and we are assuming that this will be used on the PlayStation Phone when it is announced next month.
This seems like it has the potential to be the most exciting Android related announcement since… well ever. Check out the full press release after the break.
Engadget, along with just about every website in China, has managed to get a hold of there very own unannounced PlayStation Phone (or Xperia Play as it most likely will be officially called). They have a full preview of the device up, check it out at the link below, that gives all kinds of info like that it has a 4-inch multitouch 854 x 480 LCD screen. Plus there are plenty of pics.
A recent Bloomberg report is claiming that Sony will announce the PlayStation Portable 2 (PSP2) at a media conference on January 27, followed by an official announcement of the PlayStation Phone at the Mobile World Congress in February.
Of course none of this is official, but it does fall right in line with other rumors concerning the announcement of the PSP2 and the PS Phone. It also happens to repeat Sony’s M.O. of not being able to keep a secret.
“Strategy encompasses driving the development of a variety of new strategic products and services including tablets currently in development as well as smartphones, all the while of course integrating the knowhow and the assets that we’ve accumulated from our PlaySation business.” – Kaz Hirai, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment
I really thought that Sony would pull the trigger and announce the PS Phone at CES, but it doesn’t look like they are ready to pull the trigger.
There is no way that Sony is this leaky so I’m going to assume that the large amount of info that has come out about the still unannounced PlayStation Phone has been part of a giant (and strange) marketing plan. At any rate, new pictures of the phone have surfaced and these show a revised model that has both PlayStation and Xperia logos (the Xperia brand was rumored last month).
Click over to Engadget.com for more pics and the full scoop.