We'll forgive you if you thought the Xperia Play was eons before. Let's quickly run through its short-yet-illustrious history: we published first details in August last year, followed by the very first pictures in late October. More and more details emerged throughout the remainder of the year. By the time 2011 hit, a prototype was making the Chinesemediarounds (teardown included), and then we managed to get our own Xperia Play prototype for preview. It's at this point that Sony Ericsson joins in on the fun with itscreepy Super Bowl ad reveal.
But after months of detailed leaks, early hands-on previews, andnumerousexecutivenon-denials, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is finally 100 percent official.
As we've heard for ages now, it'll run Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor with Qualcomm Adreno 205 graphics and display those games on a sizable 4-inch, 854 x 480 multi-touch LCD screen, the combination of which Sony says will provide 60 frames per second playback and manage up to 5 hours, 35 minutes of battery life in a single game session with the slide-out PlayStation Certified controller. Gaming credentials aside, you're looking at either a quad-band GSM or CDMA and EV-DO smartphone with a 5-megapixel autofocus camera, LED flash, stereo speakers, Bluetooth and WiFi functionality baked in, as well as Sony Ericsson's Timescape UI layer.
The phone comes preloaded with a "legendary" PSone game of the undisclosed variety, as well as a bevy of popular Android games including Asphalt 6, The Sims 3 and Tetris, and Sony Ericsson promises a library of 50 additional titles available at launch from 20 publishing partners. Some games ported from existing smartphone platforms (like Reckless Racing) will have bonus content on Xperia Play, too. Local area multiplayer gaming is a go, as you'll be able to host a WiFi hotspot on one device and join the game with another. It's launching in March, and will be available on Verizon (a US timed exclusive) in "early spring," suggesting that we'll see the European launch before it hits the States.
Sony has detailed its new approach to mobile gaming for smartphones, revealing the PlayStation Suite designed to bring familiar console experiences to portable handsets.
Acknowledging the evolution of portable gaming through smartphones and other devices, Sony president Kaz Hirai admitted that "the environment surrounding portable gaming has undergone a radical transformation since the launch of PSP," at the PlayStation Meeting today in Tokyo.
The PlayStation Suite is aimed at taking the brand beyond consoles onto mobile handsets, specifically Android smartphones and tablets, along with the PlayStation Certified service which will help developers test and QA games for Android.
Describing it as a "hardware neutral game framework" enabling "PlayStation quality" content for multiple mobile hardware, PlayStation Suite content will be available before the end of the year, with a dedicated PlayStation Store for Android.
""We envision PS Suite as an initiative that is essential to the world of portable entertainment," added Hirai.
Those lucky gits at Engadget have posted the worlds first preview of the Playstation Phone, lets hope its hackable ;)
Oh yes. After all the unbearable teasing since we unveiled the first ever photos of the PlayStation Phone, we've finally managed to get hold of the real deal for an in-depth preview. Honestly, we couldn't wait any longer with this thing floating around in China; we'd otherwise have to wait until MWC, where we expect the phone to be launched as the "Xperia Play" (and we shall refer to this name henceforth). Before you pop the cork for us, do bear in mind that what we're seeing here is subject to changes, so don't be alarmed by any missing features or exposed cables in our preview. When you're ready, head right past the break to find out what Sony Ericsson's cooking up.