Whoa. Engadget's reporting that Sony Ericsson, who haven't been quickest on the draw with Android devices, are in the "late stages of planning" for an Android 3.0 phone with sliding gaming controls and an accompanying gaming platform.
Android fans, listen up. Gamers, listen up. Android fans who are gamers, really listen up. Engadget hears from a "trusted source" that Sony Ericsson is working a device that's being described as "a cross between the Samsung Captivate and the PSP Go", bringing real deal 3D gaming on an Android device. Wha?
According to their source, it'll potentially sport a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and a screen sizing between 3.7 inches and 4.1 inches. The real business - a D-pad and a "long touch pad" in place of a joystick - slides out in place of a keyboard. The device currently bears Xperia branding but could also be part of the PlayStation family when it lands, possibly as soon as October, though that seems awfully ambitious.
The handset is said to run a skinned version Gingerbread (Android 3.0), and its games, which supposedly will include favourites like God of War and Modern Warfare, older PSX titles and new ones that incorporate augmented reality game play, will be graphically akin to PSX and PSP games. Depending on what particular kind of button mashing they require, titles could be available to other Android devices.
It definitely seems as though Google's becoming increasingly interested in the gaming space and the PSP Phone has been an elusive object of gamer yearning since time immemorial. Though the image above is just a mock-up, you might want to start doing your thumb exercises in preparation, just in case these rumours do bear out. [Engadget]