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TheLonelyGamer

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cheapogamer4life wrote:

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After the disaster that was NGage I dont see it happening again anytime soon.

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Bass_X0

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Well Sony is doing it now.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/26/the-playstation-phone/

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It's hard to believe that what we're looking at is real -- but we assure you, the picture above is in fact the PlayStation Phone you've long been waiting for. As we reported back in August, the device you see is headed into the market soon, likely boasting Android 3.0 (aka Gingerbread), along with a custom Sony Marketplace which will allow you to purchase and download games designed for the new platform. The device snapped up top (and in our gallery below) is sporting a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 (a chip similar to the one found in the G2, but 200MHz faster), 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and the screen is in the range of 3.7 to 4.1 inches. Looking almost identical to the mockup we hit you with this summer, the handset does indeed have a long touchpad in the center which is apparently multitouch, and you can see in the photos that it's still bearing those familiar PlayStation shoulder buttons. For Sony buffs, you'll be interested to know that there's no Memory Stick slot here, but there is support for microSD cards.

The particular model in these shots is still in prototyping mode. As such, the unit doesn't have a custom skin (not even SE's Timescape design seen on the Xperia devices), and is said to be rather buggy. We're digging into more facts as we speak, but it's likely that much of what we reported earlier is still accurate, and though the device could still be headed for a 2010 release, 2011 is looking much more realistic. Still, there's a lot of time between now and the holidays... so keep your fingers crossed!

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@Bass X0: Sony came out and said that was a fake the very next day after that article was posted. Whether or not you believe them is up to you, but there it is.

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Ah, well I just read about it today from that article and didn't know anything else about it.

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If the 3DS gets Skype, then theres no point in putting in a phone function since it can do that and video chat.

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No.

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Bankai

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Why are people mentioning the N-Gage?

Haven't any of you heard of the iPhone? I know it's easier to make an example of the one that failed, than the one that's doing well, but still.

But Nintendo shouldn't, anyway. It's an unsuitable match-up. Nintendo doesn't understand the mobile phone market, having never tried it before, and aesthetically Nintendo consoles have never looked appropriate for mobile phones.

Sony's a different story. Sony knows mobile phones - it owns Ericcson. Sony's PSPGo, too, is a games console that would work, aesthetically, as a phone.

I reckon Sony should head down that path, but I think it's beyond Nintendo.

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jangonov

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Ok, Ill be the different one here. Yes

...oh you are still reading?
I think if they baby step in, it would work. Now, I'm not saying this will happen with the 3DS, just if they were going to do it, this would be the smartest way

Make all of the systems capable of connecting to cell towers via standard connection (no 3G or 4G)
All systems have blu-tooth
Allow for pre-paid cards to be added to the system (to purchase both minutes and texts or an unlimited plan done in monthly payments via said pre-paid cards like metro pcs)
Allow for parental controls, to limit the talk time, number of texts, and a notification system for them to check how many they have left.

The only hitch here is that they would have to sign a deal with a major cell company to "piggy back" on their spare towers. Much in the same way that pre-paid phones do now (virgin has sprint, boost has verizon I think, etc etc.)

If this was allowed, parents could buy the kids ONE device, and they wouldn't lose their phone if it played their games. The kids also can convince the parents that instead of buying two things, they can buy just one handheld and have it do both. Let's face it, kids make the decisions and parents have the wallet sometimes. If it offers a good thing to both sides, it will market itself.

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It's a handheld. Not a flippin' phone. Let's keep it that way.

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V8+Ninja wrote:

I leave you with this image:

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That is all.

EDIT: And if you didn't get it, that's a NO.

That guy pulling that face could make you think the Wii is the stupidest console ever created if he was playing it.

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Bass X0 wrote:

V8+Ninja wrote:

I leave you with this image:

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That is all.

EDIT: And if you didn't get it, that's a NO.

That guy pulling that face could make you think the Wii is the stupidest console ever created if he was playing it.

Or a PS3 ;)

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sonic_brawler95

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No, because that means Steve Jobs wins. >:/

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dangermouseuk78

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I dont think its a good idea keep them as they are as if they become combined the mobile providers will no doubt try and keep them contract exclusive and put them on there highest tariffs.

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jangonov

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agian, this is why I say it should be a pre-paid set-up so while it is locked into a carrier, it isn't REQUIRED to use as a phone. Just an option.

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Birdman

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This is what I think: All future handheld gaming devices should come in two models: One with a phone, and one without, so that way if someone doesn't want to carry around two gaming phones they don't have to. But, in a direct answer to your question, no. That would isolate a significant portion of handheld gamers.

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vonseux wrote:

the Iphone is not a console that makes calls... its a telephone thak play games

HUGE difference

Not really. The iPhone is a device that lets you make calls, check your emails, do some basic working tasks and play some games.

In other words, it's a tiny, limited power computer that also makes phone calls.

If you wanted to turn your iPhone into a gaming console that also makes phone calls, you can. Download enough games apps and that's exactly what it becomes.

The beauty of the iPhone, and the reason it's so popular, is it's not restricted by any real constraints. It's literally what you want it to be - phone, business tool, portable music and movie player, gaming console - it does all those equally well.

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What ever happened to just having a phone? :P

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What ever happened to just having a phone? :P

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