An SCEE spokesperson told MCV:
“We can categorically state that we are not currently working with Sony Ericsson on any form of PlayStation phone.
“We feel that [SCE co-chief operating officer] Jim Ryan has been misquoted [in saying the idea is “definitely plausible”].
"We’ve already lodged a complaint with the publication that ran these quotes.
“We hold constant dialogue with Sony partners – Sony Pictures, the hardware team and Sony Ericsson – but there are no collaborations happening between us on a PSP or PlayStation phone. That’s totally untrue – and goes for now and the foreseeable future.”
The rumour gathered pace after Ryan reportedly told The Economic Times:
“Convergence with the two arms working together is definitely plausible. It is hugely intellectually seductive to have a console oriented phone.
“While the Cybershot and Walkman are better selling brands from the Sony fold, Sony Ericsson and PlayStation would make a strong success story for Sony.”