Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Hands-on

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Hands-on
Well, fellow gamers, we've waited so long for it, and Sony Ericsson has finally replied to our wishes by introducing the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play – a true PlayStation phone for us enthusiastic hack-and-slashers.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play actually has the honor of being the very first PlayStation Certified handset (more on that in our article about PlayStation Suite). This is what actually enables it to run all those PS one classics that will be made available by Sony Ericssson, as well as the specific games that will be developed for all PlayStation Certified devices.

We'd like to deal with all possible confusion here and say that you won't be able to play actual PS games on the Xperia Play, and nor will you be able to hook it to a TV and enjoy a full-featured PlayStation experience in a way. With that said, we're pretty confident that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has the potential to become a great portable gaming device. And here's why...

What makes the Xperia Play so gaming-centric is of course its gamepad, which slides out in landscape position. And the most important thing for every gamepad is of course just how comfortable it is for prolonged gaming. Naturally, we can't make statements in this regard yet, but from what we saw (and felt), it looks like Sony Ericsson has done a magnificent job with the design of the controls.

First of all, the main d-pad is nicely-sized, with its keys having a decent click to them. The analog pads also seem to be working fine. We've got to tell you, folks, we're really in love with the action keys on the sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. You can make no mistake whether you've pressed a key or not, because of their pronounced clicking feel, while at the same time they do not require too much force to be pressed, meaning that we won't tire our finger when bashing those zombies.

Now, let's see what the company has in store for us when it comes to games! First before most, the titles that we saw demoed had really fine graphics, however, some of them were a bit laggy, which is due to the prototype nature of the units available here though. At launch, all such issues should be fixed and all titles should run just fine, at about 60 frames per second. Sweet! Yesterday we heard that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play will come with one preloaded PS one classic, with speculations hinting it might be Crash Bandicoot. Thankfully, today we know that games for PS Certified handsets will not be significantly more expensive than typical Android titles, and should be available for about $5-$10 (50 titles should be available at launch). In terms of quality, we'd not make conclusions yet whether or not the Xperia Play games will be better than what we already experience with the Apple iPhone 4, but we can confidently say that they will be much more comfortable to control.

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.

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Xperia PLAY
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 0.4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(6.41h 3G talk time)
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.66h talk time)



1. Marius-M unregistered

What did he written on he's hand? :D

2. none unregistered

phone looks ok but I like the HTC thunderbolt and I can play sony games on HTC its a good idea with the key pad ...but they need to up date the batterys not the phone already DA why have it if the battery only last 1 or 2 hrs sucks..

3. Afenix

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

Damn.. Why can't it have an 8 mpx camera with the Exmor R sensor.. Oh and also the Bravia Mobile technology.. sad :(

12. Rick_BR

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 16, 2011

They had to give up on Exmor R and Bravia mobile technology so the phone wouldn't be too big (thick). But hey, you have the gamepad that pretty much offsets the lack of those features.

4. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

this phone is weak. It is going to play PS1 games, LOL. Something that most android devices can do easily enough already. The built in gamepad is nice, but I was hoping for at least PSP or PS2 games on this.

5. Ryssfemma unregistered

This trailer of it is nice, i've always enjoyed Sony Ericsson's vision in their commercial.

6. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

i heard vzw in april!

7. chinakidoliver.iab

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

i ll pass on tis phone

9. snake2332

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

I think I'll have to pass as well. My old Droid1 can already play actual PSX games using a WiiMote, which I think is good enough for those old PSX games. I think they should have made this phone bigger, like 4.5" screen, and it needs Tegra2. And it doesn't even play PSX games?!?! It doesn't have HDMI-out? Does it sync up with the PS3 like the PSP does? Well why not? Blah, Sony, just blah!

10. derp unregistered

Think ill look elswhere. I have no interest in losing game saves due to force close errors.

11. gaush unregistered


13. jakesantley unregistered

i have this phone its strong its got 3hr battrey life its good so go f. u. c. k. you self

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