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bakaori

July 6th 2009 6:58 am

Why not just PSPhone and skip the PSP Go?

I don't understand why Sony doesn't want to skip the PSP Go and go for PSPhone or PSP2. Of course, market risk for PSPhone should be one of the reason, but well that's not an end user's concern.

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 ;) )

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geekyjoncool

I like that idea.
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outunderstars

I really dislike the idea of a PSP phone. it would end up being overly bulky and have a terrible battery life. Sony isn't releasing a PSP 2 yet because the original PSP continues to sell briskly in Japan, and at a decent rate around the world. Sony is making money from their existing PSP lineup and quite frankly needs that profitability as the PS3 continues to lose money.
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bakaori

yeap, it's :( battery consumption, big battery longer life... this never changed, yet...

PS3 is losing money, and that's maybe why they cant really think about to invest on 2nd generation PSP

Thanks for the idea too :)
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TheJoker

Yeah, that would be a huge concern for me. As far as I can see, either Sony makes a chunky PSPhone with a decent price, or a slim, sexy device with a price tag that is beyond this planet.

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!
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ricekrispies

if i commit to buying a PSP GO... i am committing myself with the fact that, hopefully, the PSPhone will be like the iphone to the PSP GO's ipod touch... just the same version with a phone component and a slightly better UI
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MonkeyZero

With the reports of the "non-game" apps being worked on for the PSP Go (and all the other PSP's for that matter but more marketed to the Go) I feel that maybe Sony is gonna see what can be done before venturing towards the PSPhone. If the non-game apps are good and plentiful then it will provide a nice foundation for something like the PSPhone.
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.
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bakaori

yeap i agree this too.
maybe SONY is looking something else rather than just a PSP+phone, maybe more.
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coologuy1957

Sony just integrated PS3 media streaming to their newest phone, but really they are just scared of Apple. Everyone is and rightfully so. RIM, Palm, and HTC are putting up a good fight but Apple is super tops right now. Sony is in no position to think they no better than all 4 of these companies. They are sneaking features across their product lines, but they are waiting for Microsoft to take the leap after the Zune HD before they react....
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bakaori

yeah, see what iphone does, an idea that change the market. I believe every company hope their product could make this effect, maybe SONY is thinking something different !
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brett

Good idea but I think that developing a phone is a lot more involved and there isn't that big of a market for a dedicated gaming phone. Seems really far fetched to me. The approval process would be enormously long and having that much power in a phone generates heat that you don't want on your face.
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coologuy1957

*cough* N-Gage *cough* (Most popular, best selling gaming device ever!!! lol)
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tekdroid

I think your points get discussed a lot in the general population...

...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.
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coologuy1957

Upgrading the web browser is a great point! I haven't heard someone mention this in forever, but this is a pretty terrible web browser. It will get you through and there are tabs, but it runs out of memory and resources so fast it doesn't matter... Plus, they upgraded the PS3 to full DivX certification for great video playback. Why not pass those upgrades along to the PSP!? Why not have parity between your 2 main consoles atm?
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coologuy1957

Apple made it look so easy to just come out with an incredible game changing phone that everyone thinks Sony and Microsoft can all do it too... Sorry, its just not that easy....
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deinfinityx

True but i bet if Nintendo threw phone parts in the DSi they would outsell every other phone on the market.
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phathom

No one wanted the psp go. People want the psp2 already with dual analog so we can have some fps goodness. They are just milking the franchise because they can't do anything better. It's overpriced, cramped controls, same speed, smaller screen for a higher price. No thanks. I still have my fat psp and it works great.
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coologuy1957

A Nintendo phone would probably ban voice so kids couldn't be hunted by pedophiles like with the Wii! LOL
It would be the first phone in history to not support voice conversations!!

I'm waiting for the PSP 2 also... PSPgo is a cheap attempt to money grab...
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phathom

I feel like you are my shadow lol.
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coologuy1957

thats the beauty of this site! finding like minded individuals to bond with about cool stuff..
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coologuy1957

I would like my phone to be able to connect to my PS3 and play some games or some videos, but I wouldn't get a Sony PHONE specifically to have this feature... dream on..
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