Sony Ericsson recently held a private event where a prototype of the so-called “PlayStation Phone” was shown off, according to a report in MobileCrunch. The publication has posted several new supposed details about the handset from a tipster who claims to have been at said meeting, including the fact that games are expected to cost under $10, and not upwards of $30 as titles on standalone mobile consoles are priced these days. Furthermore, the company is said to be working with Google on a method of distributing games through the Android Market, although no plans have been finalized, apparently.
According to the alleged attendee, the phone’s screen is “mind-blowing,” looking as good to the naked eye as the class-leading Retina Display found on the iPhone 4. In fact, the handset may be leveraging some of Sony’s Bravia television technology, whose branding may find its way into the device’s marketing material. Speaking of branding, the tipster apparently confirmed what the Wall Street Journal reported last week, which is that the company is apparently eschewing the PlayStation moniker for Xperia. However, Sony Ericsson will supposedly take advantage of parent Sony’s relationship with leading game developers: Tekken was one title allegedly being suggested.
Finally, the Z-System architecture we’re heard about is said to describe both the gaming platform as well the software distribution center, which may or may not be Market-affiliated. As far as timing goes, MobileCrunch reports that a holiday release is totally off the table, with a Mobile World Congress launch seemingly being the most likely scenario. Sony Ericsson is reportedly targeting a $500 off-contract price point, and may include five free games with every handset. With this new info, that December 9th debut is looking a bit less likely, although this phone has admittedly been full of surprises since day one.