PlayStation Phone: “Xperia Play”

January 26, 2011, By Christian Cawley

The PlayStation Phone – henceforth known as the Xperia Play – has been set free for a review at Engadget, where the device is given a considerable review (including a strip down to its constituent components).

The Xperia Play in action

With as much pre-launch confirmation as is possible these days that the PSP 2 and the PlayStation Phone are separate devices, the unveiling of the Xperia Play – looking not dissimilar to the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 – has revealed a phone that pretty much looks like the one that has been doing the rounds in leaked photos for the past few months.

Featuring the Android mobile OS (2.3 Gingerbread) and a Qualcomm MSM8655 processor (max clock 1.2 GHz), all the action takes place on a 4-inch multitouch 854 x 480 Bravia-powered LCD for improved video playback. Oh and you’ll find 512 MB RAM onboard.

As you can see from the controls, they’re arranged as expected for a PlayStation device, while the touch pads in the centre replace the DualShock sticks.

So with the title Xperia Play and the eternal moniker “PlayStation Phone” the expectation is that the Android Market will offer device specific games and apps, more than likely with a PlayStation Network integration similar to (or surpassing) that seen on Windows Phone 7 with Xbox LIVE.

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