Sony Ericsson Xperia Play rocks the Android game with 50 titles at launch, soon on Verizon
First off, the specs - Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a second generation 1GHz Snapdragon chipset, which should be running mobile games with ease, since even the prototype handled scored the impressive 1733 on Quadrant with 59.1fps. There are 512MB RAM/ROM onboard, 4" LCD screen with 480x854 pixels of resolution, 5MP camera with LED flash and HD video recording, 1500mAh battery, and everything else you'd expect from a modern smartphone, including dual mics for noise cancellation. The lack of an HDMI-out port is a letdown, though.
As far as gaming content is concerned, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play features the PlayStation Pocket app - an access point to the dedicated space on Android Market for mobile games specific to the device. Besides coming preloaded with a PSone game (we heard rumors of Tekken), Sony Ericsson will have 50 additional titles from 20 studios, that have been specifically written for the device, as well as ported mobile games like Reckless Racing with new levels.
As for the games' cost we've heard smartphone prices, meaning that they will probably be $9.99 or less, rather than cost $30-$40 a pop, as they do on other Sony PlayStation devices. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is actually the first PlayStation Certified device, whatever that means for the time being.
You will be able to play multiplayer locally via Wi-Fi, so get your game one, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is here, and we will be handling it shortly. The first specialized Android gaming phone will hit the shelves in March, possibly as a GSM reincarnation in Europe first, and then in the Spring the CDMA version will be brought to the American shores by Verizon, as we heard before.
Have a look at the video presentation of the Xperia Play from its Product Manager below. Did he just say "you can beat the crap out" of the gamepad? Oops.
source: Sony Ericsson
1. Need Information (unregistered)
Wirefly said it is coming to VZW... Is that still true? If so, this is my new phone... Not even concerned about 4G LTE....
2. icepikk (Posts: 32; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)
I have wanted this phone ever since it was (unofficially) announced, and since it is coming to VZW, for whom I work, I will be getting this one. I really wish it was dual core but I can deal with it and I know 4G wont be in my area for a while so I am not worried about that. I have wanted physical, dedicated gaming keys for a long time because I play a lot of games and now I can have it. Cant wait for emulators to take advantage of the keys.
3. Hell Racer (unregistered)
does it have bravia meachine ???
is this phone amoled & hd video recording ??
is it 3G atleast
4. MOTOX (unregistered)
HOLY CRAP! i was right? its on verizon!....omg, this has to be lte then no? ericson has never made an verizon phone!!!>....*jumps up and down*
5. Hell Racer (unregistered)
6. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)
And of course, Verizon will find a way to add extra charges for game playing and all that other stuff.
7. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 505; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)
Boti95 Don't be silly. I'm sure that since it has a playstation app and a special place in the market that you'll just have to purchase the games themselves.
8. icepikk (Posts: 32; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)
If it was going to be 4G LTE it probably would have been mentioned as today was the official unveiling of the phone. Also it says right in the article that it will do HD recording. Of course it will be 3G, it's Verizon. All the other phones they are unveiling are Bravia so why wouldnt this one be? How do you suppose Verizone will add extra charges for game playing? I'm guessing you're one of those haters who has either never had the service or feel jaded in some way by the company, I'm guessing the latter. The games will cost money to get but that most likely will be handled by Sony since it will be coming from their Playstation Suite app.
9. Junior (Posts: 52; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)
This would be a pretty badass phone to have and it's great that Sony Ericsson is finally making a device for VZW. Is it at all possible that it lacks support from Android game devs? It would really suck to buy the phone and only have a handful of devs supporting it. Really the only reason I would like to have this is because of the nostalgia effect. It would make me feel like I'm on a PS1 again.
10. Jasneet (unregistered)
1500 mAh won't be able to keep up long enough...
11. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
online gaming only over wifi is a bit of a let down.
4G gaming would make so much sense for this device. sony never seems to have their act together to release the right hardware at the right time. also on that note, a faster processor would make perfect sense too. how hard would it be to get a 1.2ghz in this thing?
all that said, since i wont see 4G coverage for a year give or take, i might jump on this. especially if they can get it out soon.
just think of the ps1,2 titles that they might port to this thing!!!
12. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 269; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)
this just sucks, i swear, sony sucks, the only company that is good is apple and the iphone, the iphone is simply the best. nothing beats it, and with atts great service i get fast web browsing speeds, verizon sucks cuz its slow
gaming on the iphone def beats out sony and their crap. apple has a better os than android cuz android sux. the best is apple and they will always be the best along with att.
13. wondit (unregistered)
AZTAXIA12295 are you steve jobs???
15. tedmathiou (unregistered)
i swear, apple sucks, the only company that is good is sony ericsson and the xperia, the xperia is simply the best. nothing beats it, and with atts great service i get fast web browsing speeds,
gaming on the xperia def beats out iphone and their crap. android has a better os than Ios cuz apple sux. the best is sony ericsson and they will always be the best along with att.
16. tedmathiou (unregistered)
hahahahaha... apple & iphone... devices for children and womens.
only for fashion like bob squarepants!!
hehehe.. iphone is a nickelodeon product. shit!!
18. Vegas89 (Posts: 51; Member since: 15 Mar 2010)
Why VZW, Sprint for once do something awesome and get this with 4g on top, I need something I want to upgrade too
19. MANNY (unregistered)
OMG!!! i have the storm 2 and i am buying this one for sure....