Gaming on a smartphone has come a long way from the days of black-and-white Snake on a Nokia, with ever-rising expectations of hardware performance to run increasingly complex game software. While gaming performance might be just one among many things you consider when shopping for a phone, customers looking forward to the “PlayStation Phone” are going to be expecting a platform rivaling Sony’s dedicated game consoles. While we’re withholding judgement for the final, commercial hardware, initial benchmarks on a prototype model leave a lot to be desired.
A video of the PlayStation Phone running some benchmark tests has just surfaced. The phone is running Neocore, assessing the hardware’s 3D capabilities. Once the rendered scene played through, and the virtual dust settled, Neocore crunched the numbers and calculated an average frame-rate of only 24.4 frames per second. To put that in perspective, a Nexus One can pull off 26.7, and a Nexus S a whopping 55.6.
To say we’re not impressed may be a bit of an understatement. If Sony Ericsson expects the Zeus Z1 (or whatever the PlayStation Phone ends up being known as) to make any sort of impact on smartphone gaming, it sure as sugar better be able to perform on the same level as its peers, not get trumped by a year-old model.
Still, there’s no reason to expect that Sony Ericsson won’t be optimizing the heck out of the phone before its anticipated 2011 release. For all we know, the company cobbled together some quick-and-dirty drivers to get the phone up and running, with proper software to follow. It’s just hard to imagine trying to pass this kind of performance off as coming from a “gaming phone”.