Video: PlayStation Phone Playing PS Games
There have been quite a few leaks of the PlayStation Phone lately, but the one thing we've been missing is the major function that sets the PSPhone apart from other Android devices: gaming.
Previous images and video only hinted at gaming applications, with some limited coverage of the PlayStation Pocket interface that allows users to play more than just Android games. This newest video gives a much closer look at gaming on the PlayStation Phone.
The video shows someone playing Resident Evil 2 and Rage Racer on a PlayStation Phone prototype. It appears that this isn't a production model simply because the software isn't working completely. The games were actually loaded through ROM Buddy, a third-party Android app, instead of the PlayStation Phone interface.
However, as a proof of concept, the video is pretty compelling. The graphics quality is surprisingly good and gameplay seems to be up to mobile gaming standards. The video still didn't answer one of the biggest questions, though, namely how well the left and right "thumbsticks" work. As you can see in the video, the thumbsticks have been replaced by two trackpads, but there is no definitive information on how well they work. And the player in the video only used the d-pad.
Despite the myriad leaks, the PlayStation Phone still isn't official. Supposedly it will be called the Xperia Play, in keeping with Sony Ericsson's Xperia branding for Android phones. There is no word on when it will be released, how much it will cost or what network it will be on.