Might the PlayStation Phone be really, really real? Well, Sony is mum on the subject but SCEA senior vice-president of marketing, Peter Dille, told CNN that the PSP needs to adapt.
Basically, Dille focused on the fact that the PSP isn't "always on;" i.e., it isn't always connected to the Internet…unlike a smartphone and a cellular data network. "The PSP is a Wi-Fi device," said Dille. "People are used to having always-connected devices." He went on to say that the PSP can't "fully realize" the "always-connected vision" as a Wi-Fi device: "If it's not connected then it does sort of limit people." Okay, well, that sounds an awful lot like a phone of some sort. At the same time, Sony understands the PSP is a gaming device, which means a PlayStation Phone would have to be a very different animal.
While smartphones do have games, Dille says those are "largely time-killers" for the owners, and "gamers aren't satisfied with that." No, no they're not. Obviously, Dille wouldn't say anything one way or the other about the rumored PS Phone – all Sony execs abide by their own rules, "we don't comment on rumor and speculation" and "we don't announce anything until there's something to announce" – but his comments are kinda interesting, don't you think?
But with the PSP2 coming soon, is there room in the market for both the new PSP and the PS Phone? Perhaps if they're catering to two different audiences, the Phone won't have to be so game-oriented…