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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Gets Official

David Gilbert


Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Gets Official [Update]

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


February 7, 2011, 4:15 pm

I was tempted for a second, bought a San Francisco, quickly realised mobile gaming is not for me, I want battery life.

When will Sony ever learn from their mistakes. Now they are launching products with no release lineup.


February 7, 2011, 5:25 pm

OMFG that video advert was so disturbing!!! If they put that on TV people will actively avoid this product. Worst advert ever!


February 7, 2011, 5:33 pm

It's a shame Sony doesn't seem willing to write Ericsson off as a bad job, and release a proper Playstation branded phone. We've seen from the NGP that Sony itself is still trying to be bleeding edge, but all the Ericsson concessions make their phone products really outdated/bland/rubbish. People have started to associate the Sony brand with SonyEricsson, and that can't be good for their brand prestige.

Hans Gruber

February 7, 2011, 10:51 pm

@Kaiser202 - Yeah, that advert was truly stomach churning. Just what were Sony thinking? I thought the Android robot would be getting robotic digits, not something resembling the male sex organ. Gross.

I feel Sony have killed this phone off somewhat with the earlier announcement of a new Sony PSP2. Judging by the graphics demoed by the SE Xperia I'm not really interested in the future of Android gaming anymore. Was hoping to be impressed on that front and not just a little. Mind you, good games are not all about the graphics and I'm sure Sony have a great catalogue of retro games to choose from the archives.

Games look better on my own rather underpowered HTC Legend so this new Sony phone looks like a bit of a let down if all it's got is a physical gamepad grafted on. Mind you, a physical keypad for controlling games is sorely needed as many developers just don't seem to get it when it comes to providing adequate controls. Half the battle is seeing what's going on onscreen, as your thumbs obscure everything. So, with clever porting of some classic Sony PS titles, maybe, just maybe?

It'd be nice to see a list of games and pricing for it. I expect there will be a mountain of accessories in the pipeline too.

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