Hey, this is a little too close to breaking company policy…
Sony never "comments on rumor and speculation" and never "announces anything until there's something to announce." It's so 100% written-in-stone that any journalist in the field for more than six months knows you don't bother with e-mails to Sony concerning rumors. And yet, during a conference call, Sony CFO Masaru Kato did indeed hint that Sony is working on a certain product that will cater to the mobile gaming market. Thanks to a Seeking Alpha transcript from that conference call, we get Kato's full comments on the matter.
"I don't think we can discuss specific product or features at this conference call. Mobile gaming is a very important business area for us. We started out with the PSP that was our first mobile gaming console, but since then the market as you know has expanded into bigger arenas that gaming on mobile phones, gaming on tablets, gaming on and also certain mobile devices.
The PSP being a proprietary platform was more concentrated I'd say core gaming segment rather than the light game [segment], but now we are addressing that market as well. I cannot be specific as to how we will introduce [a] new product to address these markets, but one thing I can say is that we have those markets addressed, and we will come out with products and services to capture the broader gaming market."
You "have those markets addressed," huh? So who's going to interpret that as "yep, the PlayStation Phone is coming"? Let's just assume for a second that it's a foregone conclusion: what do you want to see from this PS Phone? What features should they include and which should they avoid? How fixated on gaming should it be, what with the PSP2 also in the works? Also, what's a good price point for the device…?