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Android is set to get a major boost in gaming once the PlayStation phone becomes officially recognized. The handset is caught on film just ahead of a rumored December unveiling.

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Could the PlayStation phone debut in early December? Nowhereelse

The rumored Sony PlayStation phone has been spotted again, this time getting captured in video form.

A Greek gadget blog has roughly 2 minutes of blurry footage of someone reportedly playing with the device. Although we never see the phone opened up to reveal the gaming controls, it appears to be a real working model. According to Techblog.gr, the handset is codenamed Zeus and will bear the name of Sony Ericsson Z1 when it arrives.

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It's possible it's still a work in progress and not the final build. Other details reported by the Greek site indicate a middle touch pad in place of analog sticks and the ability to choose live wallpapers and set the phone to automatically rotate colors. MobileCrunch is reporting that the phone will run in the ballpark of $500, with that price including five free games.

Sony Ericsson representatives have hinted that the company will have something big to reveal at Mobile World Congress in February, but others suggest the handset could arrive December 9 when the company holds a press event featuring its "most anticipated presentation of the last 10 years." A quick look at the invitation shows the familiar PlayStation buttons and a telephone icon. We still think a release next week is too soon, but in the cell phone world, anything is possible.