Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone videotaped with its game on

Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone videotaped with its game on
Whether you prefer Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone, or Sony Ericsson Xperia Play as a naming scheme, the phone has been handled extensively on video, showing the capabilities of this Android gaming device. First off, the specs - Android 2.3 Gingerbread on 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8255 or MSM8655 with Adreno 205 graphics.

For the non-geeky crowd, these two are the same second generation Snapdragon silicon that is in the HTC Desire HD (QSD8255) or the HTC ThunderBolt (MSM8655), and we noticed they have the highest benchmark scores for stock single-core handsets.

Thus it should be running mobile games with ease, before someone writes a game that can really put those snappy chipsets to the test, since even the prototype handled scored the mighty 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, 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 PlayStation Phone/Xperia Play features the PlayStation Pocket app, and we don't know if this will be an emulator for PSP Go games, or just an access point to the dedicated space on Android Market for mobile games specific to the device, as rumored. The most interesting part about this phone - how gaming control is handled, is in the videos below. The source has measured the loading of Dungeon Defenders against a Meizu M9, which has a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird chipset, like the one in the Samsung Galaxy S, and the Hummingbird phone loaded the game about 4 seconds faster.

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As far as we grasped from the translation, and we have a colleague that studies Chinese in the office, who also confirmed that for the current Android games the controller is useless, they have to be written or ported specifically for the Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone. To play games as the Lord intended on a device with the PlayStation brand, they obviously have to be optimized for use with the PlayStation type controller.

Oh, well, more revenue for developers, and the rumors are that the games will cost about $9.99 a pop, and five of them will be preloaded on the phone when it hits retail. We can't wait for the Mobile World Congress next month to learn more about the pricing (supposed to be in the vicinity of $500 sans subsidies), and availability.

Do you approve of what you are seeing so far from the PlayStation Phone? With this, and the slick Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc (our hands-on here), Sony might just get back in the smartphone game after a bunch of disappointments.

source: IT168 (translated) via Engadget


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