Pssht the PlayStation Phone. We don't know what the think anymore. Engadget posted shots of the device this morning, NowGamer then claimed they had on good authority from a Sony representative that the device was fake. The website pulled that statement earlier this afternoon though, replacing it with a bog-standard "Sony does not comment on rumour or speculation."
Tonight Engadget's said the device is real, but it's argument — the site merely claims to "know" that its true — isn't particularly convincing.
This is a device which has been confirmed through multiple, trusted sources, reads a post on Engadget. And were not just talking good tipsters some of our information comes from people much more closely connected to the project. Even since last night weve received more info about the phone learning that its codename is Zeus, and it was last seen running Android 2.X (not 3.0, which we suspect will be the shipping version).
It should be obvious by comparison of our original mockup to the real photos weve just uncovered that the handset we described in August is the same handset now fully revealed. Prior to last night, we had never seen an actual image of the phone. It should also be obvious that the device pictured in those photos is a prototype running early software (which would explain the A / B button mention in the photo above) with hardware that was likely hand-built, or at the very least created in a very small batch.
Engadget note that they were one of the first sites to successfully reveal the iPhone 4, so they do have a good track-record. Our problem is that the device doesn't look very "Sony", y'know? That could be down to it simply being a prototype.
We also have issues trying to understand what this device actually is. Is it the PSP2? If so, how come it doesn't fit in with all the other rumours we've been hearing about that particular device? And if this is simply a Sony Ericsson that happens to play original PSP games, why does it have functionality for dual analogue control?
What do you think, valued readers. Think this thing is real?