I don't normally post on Apple Insider as I believe it's for Apple followers, which I am no longer since my iBook died. While I do develop games for both iOS and Android, I try to stay out of you guys/gals conversations.
However, sometimes you guys post off the wall stuff unrelated to Apple that deserves correction. Your comment about the psp would indicate that you either don't own a psp or you used it 2x and decided your iphone was a better gaming platform. Either way, you're wrong about the UMDs. These little pieces of crap plastic are a total waste as they break so easily you're constantly looking for receipts to try to get the game fixed our returned for another one. I bought the psp for my 8 year old only to find those damn umds all over the floor, outside their protective covers. My son stopped playing the umd games and took the download options instead. No disk, no worries.
The pspgo is upsetting hardcore gamers because old umds simply can't be played on the pspgo, forcing people to buy their games over again. But this isn't a limitation enforced by Sony, rather by the game publishers seeking double revenue.
If Sony were to create a psp phone, it wouldn't matter much to the iOS platform because of the barriers of entry that Sony places on their licensees that developed games for Sony's platforms. The cost of the psp and playstation sdks and licenses would drive a indie developer broke. Compare that to iOS, about $1,300 ($100 for distribution, $700 for decent mac mini, $200-$800 for a testing device (optional but recommended)), or Android, about $225 ($25 for distribution, $0 for computer since it's likely you already have one, $200 for testing device), to Sony's $10,000 minimum license per platform and you'll see why this won't have much impact.
Sure it will be great for Android, but we already have a PSX emulator for high powered phones out of China (where IP is a myth, apparently). The difference is we won't have to question the legality of downloading games from the net or converting over all these old psx discs I have to iso files. But I think this is Sony's way of keeping customers who are growing up and putting the games away for more communication options, that happen to play games too.
Will this be a flop? Depends on how many psp lovers are moving to the iphone or android for their gaming fix. If Sony's goal is to slow that number, then we won't be able to compare it to iphone or android sales as a whole. You'd have to separate those small group of players that crossed over, and that's a harder thing to measure.
You totally missed the point of my post. I have had two PSP (1st gen. and the silver scph-2001 model) so there goes your first baseless assumption. My point is that while the PSP/UMD situation was not perfect, they were better than the present mess. Yes they were fragile but that is why I did not let kids play mine. My reason for giving up the PSP was that the 1st person shooters were garbage IMO (never liked the control setup on the PSP for shooters) with the only exception being the SOCOM series. What you fail to realize is that SONY wanted the download platform to emulate what Apple has done. They caught so much hell for UMD (and rightfully so) that they had to make a change. Here's the biggest flaw with the PSPGO though. Say you want to let your buddy borrow a game. You can't without lending your PSPGO. If you have two kids with PSPGOs, then you have to buy the same game (if they both like that particular game) for each system. At least with the UMD PSPs, you could just tell the kids to share and save yourself a few bucks. The PSP used game market also took a big hit as well. Want a used game for the PSPGO? Tough s***!! Let me make this clear. I am not praising UMD. They were slow loading and were fragile if handled wrong but it was a better option than the PSPGO model. I feel that this newest venture will be a fail because of Sony's crazy rules (SDKs for example) as well. Their track record in portable gaming market supports that. All in all, my point is, you made an assumption about me and you were dead wrong.