Could Sony make a PlayStation Vita phone?

Sony buying out Ericsson means tighter control over phones, but there's one phone move that Sony should, and hopefully will, make.

Add voice calling, and you have a phone. CNET

Two things leap to mind this morning:

1. Sony has acquired Ericsson's part of Sony Ericsson for $1.74 billion .
2. The PlayStation Vita handheld has a 3G version, and will be released in the U.S. next year .

Somehow, can Sony's full control over the mobile phone unit lead to what I've been hoping for for years--a true PlayStation phone, preferably in the form of a revamped Vita?

While the logical thinker might say no, consider the odd forgotten Xperia Play and its failed attempt to mesh an Android phone with vestiges of a PlayStation experience : a control pad with buttons, but no analog sticks. Downloadable PlayStation games, but old, old-school PS1 titles, not PS2 or PSP games. When I played the Xperia Play months ago, it already seemed clear to me that the PS Vita was the true PlayStation phone , even without technically being a phone.

The Vita, Sony's next-generation gaming handheld , has a U.S. release that's been pushed to February 2012. There is, indeed, a 3G version of the Vita in development for use on AT&T's network, although at this point it doesn't appear to handle voice calls.

The iPhone only continues to get stronger as a gaming device . Sony has the rare ability to build a phone and gaming hardware into one device. Why not take advantage?

Do you agree? Would you even want a Vita Phone? Or, do you think handheld gaming has run its course? Sound off below.

About the author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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