At this point, it is probably safe to assume that gamers will have a bigger reaction if Sony doesn't release a PSP Phone than if it does. With what seems like a new rumor surfacing at least once a month, Sony Ericcson Chief Executive Bert Nordberg recently sounded off with his thoughts on the "maybe-real, maybe-not" device, and we've got his opinion for you.In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Nordberg was asked about his stance on the proposed hardware:
There's a lot of smoke, and I tell you there must be a fire somewhere. Sony has an extremely strong offering in the gaming market, and that's very interesting.
Fire is somewhere, indeed. As persistent as these rumors are, there's good reason for it. Back in late September, Sony posted job listings on their website for a Senior Server Engineer, notably requiring experience with mobile development and specifically with the Android operating system. Sure, Android powers devices like the Barnes & Noble Nook, but it's best known as being a cell phone operating system.
Android on the PSP rumors aren't anything new. Deputy Editor of PSM3 Magazine and the CEO of TIGA, Richard Wilson, have spoken about an Android PSP phone in the past. Gaming on Android is only getting better, and Sony Ericcson is looking to make gaming a more integral part of their products. The WSJ queried Mr. Nordberg as to why the company has not taken advantage of the PlayStation brand for gaming before:
I haven't dug into that history, but the future might be brighter. Sony is of course a very strong brand, and why shouldn't we use that? Gaming, including content, is a very interesting proposition.
Making sure to state that his company wants to make a big splash at next year's Mobile World Congress, Nordberg's comments are coy enough to further fuel the rumors. It seems like we'll have to play the waiting game at this point. Do you think an Android PSP phone is definitely on the horizon, or do you think such hardware will never see the light of day? With Android having media capabilities as well, would you want a convergence device to handle communication, media, and core gaming, or would you rather your smartphone and portable gaming device to be separate? Let us know in the comments section!
Source: Wall Street Journal