11 must-have features for a PSP phone

If a PSP phone is indeed on its way, here are some ways it could help reawaken the PSP brand and offer up improvements on Sony's existing hardware.

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The rumored Android PSP gaming phone from Sony Ericsson isn't just potentially good news for PSP fans--it's necessary news. In case you haven't noticed, the PSP is being edged out of the handheld market thanks to the success of the App Store as a gaming platform for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, and the continued but diminishing popularity of the Nintendo DS. Not even a furious Marcus can stop it.

The next generation of handheld gaming is nearly upon us, and it favors change: Nintendo's 3DS adopts 3D gaming and throws in a 3D camera; Apple's higher-resolution and gyroscope-equipped iPhone 4 opens up its already-thriving gaming landscape further; and the newly announced lineup of Xbox games for Windows 7 phones look like they'll give Microsoft's mobile-gaming aspirations some serious legitimacy.

Here's our advice to both Sony and Sony Ericsson: add these features to a PSP phone . Then, offer up that PSP phone as a phone-free Android gaming device, and call it the PSP 2.

 

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