Video: Sony Ericsson’s PlayStation Phone ‘Zeus’ Gets More Real

A purported video of Sony Ericsson’s yet unannounced but increasingly more plausible PlayStation Phone has emerged on the internet. Don’t get your hopes up too high yet—the video is grainy and the user of the phone doesn’t slide it open to reveal the PlayStation controller inside. They just use it, like a phone. That’s probably one of the last things someone who owns a PlayStation Phone would do. While it’s pretty much impossible to determine if this really is the Zeus codenamed PlayStation/smartphone combination that has been spotted in plenty of pictures lately, it does look like it.

Possible PlayStation Phone Zeus Spotted in the Wild

 

This video of the new Sony Ericsson device was spotted and reported by techblog.gr. Do you think this really is the Zeus?

Sony Ericsson is building a smartphone codenamed the Xperia ‘ANZU’ right now that might get Sony’s Bravia branding. The shape of the ANZU model (it’s been spotted in a picture from the front) is nearly identical to the leaked pictures of the Zeus. However, the Zeus has four buttons on the front instead of three and a slightly more rounded top. Comparing the pictures of the Zeus and the ANZU to the smartphone in the video leads me to believe that this really is the Zeus caught on video.

Rumored PSP Zeus Specs:

  • 3.7” to 4.1” touchscreen (the guy in the video claims it’s a 4”)
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • microSD card support
  • Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ or Android 3.0 ‘Honeycomb’
  • Touch input on the slide-out PlayStation controller
  • Dedicated PlayStation game store

Rumor has it that Sony Ericsson will announce the PlayStation Phone on December 9th in France through its local branch. This is impossible to verify right now, but with almost everything known about the device already, you would think that Sony Ericsson has this phone nearly launch-ready. But wait, wasn’t Sony just making fun on the iPhone in commercials this year for being a phone and not a gaming machine? The dedicated Sony PlayStation store that is expected to be on the Android OS powered smartphone is going to fragment the Android app market even more. Are developers going to be interested in developing just for the PlayStation Phone platform? Sony is betting on it and you have to admit that if the controls are done well, they lend themselves to game playing quite a bit better than touchscreen only devices do. Of course, if the phone flops, then Sony will be left out of the smartphone game for another year.

Do Sony and Sony Ericsson have the right idea of merging the PSP and an Android smartphone into the PlayStation Phone? Are dedicated, portable gaming consoles going to be a thing of the past soon? Let me know your opinion.

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