Rumors regarding a PSP phone have circulated for almost as long as the gaming handheld itself has been available, and despite Sony's best efforts they refuse to die down. According to the Nikkei business daily this weekend, Sony is looking to set up a department that would explore gaming/phone hybrid devices; the team could be established as early as July, suggests the report.
It's perhaps saying a lot about our opinion of big businesses like Sony when admitting you purposefully milk early-adopters wins you kudos for honesty. SCEE's Andrew House, current president and former chief marketing officer, has done just that, telling MCV that the PSP Go's high price is partly the result of "a certain premium" associated with a new device.
Game developer Activision have set their sights on bringing Sony down a peg or two, threatening to cease development for the PS3 and PSP consoles if the company does not reduce royalty fees. CEO Bobby Kotick has accused Sony of "losing a bit of momentum" and complained that the company does not "make it easy for me to support the [PlayStation 3] platform". Kotick is now asking for a PS3 hardware price-cut.
Sony's PSP Go! might be a masterpiece of miniaturization, but it'll bring with it a shrinking feeling in your wallet, too. Set to land in the US on October 1st, the all-digital companion to the existing PSP-3000 will not only cost nigh-on twice as much as its bigger sibling, but require all new accessories thanks to a sneaky change of port type.
We've had a busy week here at SlashGear, with news from two shows - games-expo E3 and Computex - together with the arrival of the Palm Pre. The latter may have just a few days in the spotlight before Apple's WWDC keynote on Monday, where we're expecting to see a new iPhone unveiled, so get yourself up to speed with our Palm Pre review in advance of our WWDC live-blog at 10am PT tomorrow.
Sony have officially announced the PSP Go!, and as expected it's the smaller, entirely-digital sibling to the PSP-3000. Rocking a sliding form-factor with a 3.8-inch LCD display, 16GB of onboard memory, WiFi and Bluetooth and a M2 Memory Stick Micro slot, the PSP Go! drops the UMD slot from previous versions and as such is 50-percent smaller than the original PSP and 40-percent lighter.
Videos after the cut
SlashGear has been hanging out with Google this week, at the I/O 2009 conference. You can read our first day and second day highlights for the full details, but perhaps the most interesting news was Google's Wave demo for iPhone and Android, and Andy Rubin's confirmation that there should be 18-20 Android handsets on the market by the end of the year. One of those is expected to be the HTC Hero; make sure to check out the promo video for the chin-heavy smartphone.
Sony's new handheld gaming console, the much-rumored PSP Go, has leaked ahead of its official E3 2009 launch. Bearing quite the resemblance to the fan mockups seen during the ongoing rumors, the PSP Go will have a 3.8-inch display, 16GB of flash memory, Bluetooth (with support for headsets and wirelessly tethering cellphones) and a Memory Stick Micro card slot.
Video demo after the cut