It was as far back as 2007 that we first began reporting on the possibility of a PlayStation Phone coming from Sony Ericsson – and finally, four years later, the Xperia Play is made official.
Sony Ericsson will unveil its highly-anticipated Xperia Play at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next Sunday, 13 February at 6pm. While some of Sony Ericsson’s employees have been doing their best to give us some glimpses of the handset, this is the first official confirmation by Sony Ericsson about the phone. As well as the date of the announcement, the under-pressure phone manufacturer has released a minute-long video showing an Android robot getting some thumbs grafted onto its hands. While we get the meaning, it does strike us as a little unsettling for a promotional video for a mobile phone.
The Xperia Play is a pretty impressive looking piece of kit and will come running Gingerbread out of the box. This announcement will complete a major month for portable gaming following the unveiling of the Nintendo 3DS and the Sony NGP in the past three weeks. The Xperia Play will obviously be taking advantage of the PlayStation Suite, which will see PlayStation One games become available to mobile phone owners at some stage this year.
We will be in Barcelona to bring you all the latest news on the Xperia Play and to give you our first impressions on what could be a game changing handset for Sony Ericsson.
Update All five of the major UK networks have now confirmed they will be getting the Xperia Play. So that's O2, Vodafone, Three, Orange and T-Mobile bringing the gaming goodness to you soon. Release date is still unknown but Orange is pointing at April which seems reasonable.
Source: Sony Ericsson Facebook