Thinking back a while ago when I got my first console and the tons of fun it brought with itself, I can’t help but shed a tear of joy. I also remember when I got my first time around to play with a Play Station and I still remember the game as well – Tekken. Hours over hours of fun and of course cash were poured into those activities so when it was about time, I couldn’t help but get excited as a young girl before prom night when I first heard of the Sony Ericsson Play Station phone.
It appears that the people over at Engadget got lucky when talking about the Xperia Play as it’s named, as they did receive one to get a preview done. I’ll try to keep things short and give you a basic rundown of what you can expect from this latest addition to the Sony Ericsson Xperia line.
The first thing that popped into my eyes was the Android OS version it was running, namely Gingerbread. The UI is the standard from SE, read as “it chews heavily on the resources”. The layout is being dominated by the 4 inch display, which this time around has multi-touch support. SE claims that thanks to the Bravia engine image quality is highly increased, and in the test videos this seems to have been confirmed. Keeping on the display it does have a native resolution of 854 x 480 pixels and houses 5 screens which are easily customizable.
On the bottom you’ll get to find the standard 4 buttons, which in this preview model don’t seem to be set up quite correctly just yet. Under the hood you will find the yet unconfirmed Qualcomm MSM 8655 chipset, the Adreno 205 GPU, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth and 512 MB of RAM. The device has a front facing camera and a proximity sensor and on the back you’ll see the 5 MP camera along with LED flash. On the side of the device we can find the two standard buttons from the Play Station, namely “L” and “R” and between them the volume rocker. The top houses the power button and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
In the preview we get the chance to see the device in action and despite the fact that it still isn’t really finished yet, it does move along through the menus quite nicely. The first few glimpses of the new Play Station app don’t show anything more than we knew until now. I consider that you can’t really do a proper preview of the device just yet, as there are no games out for it at the time being. Despite that, the device did manage to run a few games through an emulator, yet the experience seemed choppy at times.
Overall the device looks promising and it might come with a lot more features once it’s done. I do like the general idea when considering all the design and hardware choices and now the only thing left to do is wait for it to be launched. Sony Ericsson did any give any more details regarding this at the time, but I’m pretty sure that after MWC we will get to find out a launch date for it. Until next time, I’ll be constantly mailing Sony Ericsson to send one over to me as well.1