Sony Ericsson to launch Playstation Android phone

Gaming hasn't been so great on the Android platform so far, but all that could change with the launch of a new Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone on the platform.

According to Engadget, that platform is likely to be Android 3.0, with the handset set to be the star of that particular launch, possibly as soon as October. Although it's likely to be 2011 before you can grab one off your network.

The gaming aspect is a new platform in itself within the Android framework, utilised by a handset said to be not unlike the PSP Go handheld device, complete with slide-out gaming controls rather than the usual QWERTY keyboard on a landscape handset. There's also said to be a 'long touch pad' for control, along with standard PSP buttons and shoulder buttons.

Of course, this isn't just a gaming device, Engadget also believes it to be a tasty Xperia-branded smartphone too, complete with a display of between 3.7 and 4.1 inches with WVGA or better resolution, a 5-megapixel (or better) camera and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. That image is a mock-up by the way, with the finished product claimed to be 'pretty damn sexy', if looks mean a lot to you.

Yet despite that, gaming will certainly be the headline act, with a new area of the Android Market specifically for the games and initially, just for the new handset. Titles like God of War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Little Big Planet should head things up at launch. As soon as we get confirmation of that launch, we'll let you know.

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