The very first PlayStation certified Android smartphone is slowly but surely getting ready to hit the market in the UK at least. Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play is moving slowly but surely towards its launch in the UK with six games pre-installed on it. Sources are touting two different release dates for the upcoming device with some sources indicating the launch date being set for the 31st of March while others are pointing towards an April 1st launch. In my view it doesn’t really matter as long as we get the chance to play around with the damn thing already.
Sources are pointing towards the launch of the following titles for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play which should keep those of us buying one occupied for a while now – Bruce Lee Dragon Warriors, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot, Tetris ( YES! ), The Sims 3 and FIFA 10. According to the British gaming page MCV, the PlayStation Suite online store will be launching with another 50 or so titles for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. This will make those of us with gaming thumbs ( if you remember the original Xperia Play commercial ) rejoice and dance around the carriers and retailers releasing the device.
Here’s a quick look at the specs of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play:
- 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 processor
- 512 MB of RAM and 512 MB of ROM
- 3D graphics accelerator, most likely the Andreno 220 GPU or the Adreno 205 ( we will see that for sure at launch )
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread as soon as it launches
- 5 megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash and front facing VGA camera as well
- Slide-out controllers ( from r1, f1 to your very famous cross, square, circle and triangle ) along with optical trackpads as well
- 4 inch TFT display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels
- Bluetooth, Wi-Fi are also in the mix along with a micro SD card slot available as well
The rumored price tag, SIM free of course, is rumored to be around the 500 GBP which translates into roughly $800. Although it’s rather pricey considering the specs ( we would half expect a dual core processor to be hiding underneath it along with 1 GB of RAM ), you must prepare yourself for the goodness of having buttons to actually press when playing. For those of you who don’t understand my obsession with buttons, just think of tactile response when playing your favorite games on a touchscreen via playing them on a device with actual buttons or keys!1