Sony Unveils PlayStation-Friendly ‘Xperia Play’



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14 February 2011 | 0

Sony popped the lid on the industry’s worst kept secret, trotting out its Xperia Play Android phone at Mobile World Congress. You probably know all there is to say about the device at this point, except for one little thing.

It’s not a PlayStation Phone. No, really. In fact you won’t find the PlayStation logo anywhere on the thing. It’s rather an Android 2.3 Gingerbread slide-bottom phone (with PSP-style controls) that can play PlayStation games.

As anticipated, Xperia Play features a 4″ multitouch 854x 80 pixel LCD screen; a Qualcomm MSM8655 chipset with a single core processor capable of clocking from 123MHz up to 1GHz; an Adreno 205 GPU, 512Mb of RAM; dual cameras, and a slide-bottom gamepad with PSP-style controls to either side of an oblong touchpad accessed with your thumbs (think thumb-nubs without the nubs).

Games designed for the phone should look pretty sharp on this sort of hardware, though nothing like what’s coming with Sony’s NGP, which sports processing architecture several orders of magnitude more powerful.




Sony said it will launch the device with 20 publishing partners and offer 50 games; though based on what Sony demonstrated – titles such as Guitar Hero, Dead Space, and Assassin’s Creed – expect mostly ports out the door, not Xperia Play exclusives.

Sony said the Xperia Play should ship globally in March.

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