|"Hi. I'm real. Here's what you can expect from me."|
If you've been following this story at all, then you probably already know the Xperia Play as the "PlayStation phone." The Android-based smartphone will be launching this Spring, pre-loaded with several games and powered by Gingerbread, the latest version of the Android operating system.
And, of course, there's that full slide-out PlayStation control pad.Over 20 partners are confirmed to be developing games exclusively for the device, including EA, Gameloft, PopCap and more. Here's a list of what Sony Ericsson considers the "Xperia™ PLAY Key Features:"
• PlayStation Certified gaming experience
• Latest version of the Android platform (Gingerbread version 2.3)
• 60fps play-back enabled through the Snapdragon 1Ghz processor, optimized with enhanced graphical processor unit the Adreno 205
• Dedicated gaming controls for real console quality game play, including four-way directional keys, recognizable ABCD keys with PlayStation iconography, left/right shoulder keys and two analog touch inputs for joystick action
• 4-inch brilliant multi-touch display
• 5.0 megapixel camera
And here's a nice little video overview.
Of course, you can't talk about this device without talking about games.
Based on what I've seen, I can't wait to get my hands on this phone. I'm a big believer in Android phones, and as much as I like Angry Birds, I'm all for a phone that can offer up real console-style titles. Could there be some potential drawbacks? Sure - the original PSP was long knocked for having only one analog stick. The Xperia Play has zero. And I have to admit that I was hoping to see a better camera than a 5 megapixel - 8 is pretty common on high-end phones these days. Nevertheless, the Xperia Play seems like an extremely exciting product, and I'd jump at the chance to check one out.
More information about the Xperia Play can be found here.