Why not just PSPhone and skip the PSP Go?
Why does PSP Go graphic look nicer? it's basically same specification as PSP-1k ~ 3k, it's because they are same resolution but with smaller screen, so it does look nicer from 4.3 inches to 3.8 inches. They can actually make it to 3.5 inches which come with the phone feature, i think people could accept even 3.2 inches.
*(HTC Touch HD, 3.8 Inches, Toshiba G01 4.1 Inches)
Well if it's come with a simple touch screen phone, with basic phone feature, call, sms, calendar, etc., together with the Sony App Store and the touch screen, i believe PSP could just go for 2nd generation, with lots of application and touch screen game which would be very nice. Good for user and Sony for the device and the app store.
Maybe these are their concern? Battery consumption? Hardware for psp and phone couldn't fit into an acceptable size of device? price from USD 600-850 (contract-less price) is acceptable for a smartphone? then why not for PSPhone?
So, how do you think? (sorry for my bad english ;) )
Either way, it's still not going to be a killer product, I reckon. I'd rather just stick with the gaming device; my fingers are crossed for a PSP2!
On the other hand, size and battery life will definitely be an issue right now but with the constant advances in tech, and everything getting smaller and smaller, I can't see why Sony/Ericsson wouldn't eventually move in that direction.
I can guarantee there are prototypes in a locked office somewhere on the premises as I type this. It's just a matter of hitting the market at the right time, choosing the right OS, and being able to provide it at a good price point.
With WebOS and MacOSX (mobile), and WinMo advancing rapidly, Sony is in a good position to sit back and see who's gonna excell and who's gonna crash in the mobile OS market. Then they can swoop in with the dream machine when the time is right.
I wouldn't expect a PSPhone until 2012 at least. Nor a PSP2 for that matter. We'll just have to see how the Go and digital downloads work out. If they don't, it's back to the drawing board.
...but I don't see a need for a device that does lots of things just OK. Usually making a phone means so many compromises with the interface and gaming ergonomics of the device.
I'd rather see a device like the PSP that does games really well first, and the interface and controls on the current PSPs do that well. The PSP Go is a bit of an ergonomic backwards step just to get it compact, though.
Before doing any of this, if they really want to make the PSP better, they need to make a better web browser. They haven't done anything significant with the web browser in years, so I don't think that's their focus. Their focus is making a games machine (and general entertainment machine) that does games really well with all those other things secondary.
I think it's good that they have some consistency, both with hardware and prices. An expensive do-it-all device and cheap device will just add confusion as to which one to get, and alter the marketing image and places that sell it. Also, it will compete with their other businesses.
Adding phone functionality will also be a big turn-off to many parents buying the machine for their kids, plus I don't think many would go for the price.
Plus there are different phone standards all around the world (different versions of GSM, CDMA, 3G, etc) necessitating making the device under many different hardware revisions. That's without going into battery life and size.
I think it's best left as it is.