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PlayStation Phone may be released in 2011

Rumours say the device will be based on the PSPgo

PlayStation Phone may be released in 2011
Sony Ericsson is to launch a device based on the PSPgo in Spring 2011.

The long-awaited PlayStation phone could soon become a reality according to PC World.

In Spring 2011, Sony will launch a device that blends features of the PlayStation Portable with a cell phone, a report in Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper stated this week.

The new device will go on sale in Europe and the US first, according to the newspaper, and is being developed by Sony Ericsson.

The new device will have the PSP's gaming controls and will be based on the PSPgo, a smaller version of the PlayStation Portable which went on sale in 2009. The PSPgo relied on a Wi-Fi link for downloading software, music and movies and links to Sony's PlayStation Network.

"The report isn't based on anything that we have announced," said Ayano Higuchi, a spokeswoman for Sony. "We do not comment on rumor or speculation."

Kaz Hirai, head of Sony's gaming arm said that if they were going to enter the cell phone market, they would develop something that would appeal to core gamers.

The company has been avoiding rumours of a PlayStation Phone for several months, although development of the device has been reported in The Wall Street Journal and a video appeared on YouTube, apparently showing the handset.

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