By >Akihabara News Team
PlayStation Phone Speculation…
Engadget made a big report two days ago, that sent gaming and phone geeks into an online frenzy yesterday. So what was all the hype about? The apparent posting of some photos of an honest to goodness PlayStation Phone prototype is what.
Engadet reports that their photos are of a prototype for a phone that “is headed into the market soon, likely boasting Android 3.0.” They also suggest that Sony will launch its own Marketplace for purchasing aps for the device.
While some observers are calling “fake”, we here at AkihabaraNews are fairly certain that the prototype is real, after all, the technology is possible, and Sony creates all kinds of prototypes. The point to take note of though is that a huge chunk of those prototypes never go to market, and they were never meant to.
I asked Alex, our editor-in-chief and professional Akihabara geek with years of experience, for his opinion on the story. He told me that there was absolutely no way that this will ever go to market. Sony Computer Entertainment, the maker of PlayStation, has always been a rather closed company, and they won’t be willing to share their technology with Sony Ericsson anytime soon. While it is possible that a PlayStation Phone will someday be released, there is no way that it will run on an open platform like Android. It was possible to install Linux on the first generation of PlayStation, but that capability was quickly revoked as soon as it was discovered that the systems could be hacked. If the PlayStation Phone runs on Android, Sony will be experiencing far more intense headaches.
Citing anonymous sources, Engadget claims that the device could be unveiled and on the shelves in time for the holiday season or early 2011 at the latest.
We’ll keep our eyes peeled for the release of the PlayStation