BT and Sony turn the PSP into a mobile communications device

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What’s the PSP’s prime selling point? Games? Music? Video? Well, it could even more confusing in the near future, with news that the console is set to become a mobile phone – of sorts.

BT and Sony have joined forces to add wireless broadband communications functions
, which will include handheld video calls, voice calls and messaging, initially integrating BT Broadband video and voice ‘softphone’ products already available today. In the following months, additional features will be launched to enable calls and messages to PCs, fixed lines and mobiles.

According to Steve Andrews, BT chief, Mobility and Convergence, said: “The PSP is an excellent device for both gaming and communications, because of its high quality screen and audio capabilities. With over 8 million PSPs shipped across Europe, we are very excited by the opportunity to give customers a whole new communications experience, connecting and seeing friends across the world through BT’s technology.”

David Reeves, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, said: “It is very exciting for us to be partnering with BT on such a unique project. The opportunity to combine our market leading expertise with BT’s knowledge in communications opens up many possibilities and we look forward to bringing many exciting communication functions to PSP fans.”

BT website

Dave Walker