Ok so today we have a wee treat for the mobile gamers out there… The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
So what exactly is the Xperia Play? Well its a handheld gaming smartphone produced Sony Ericsson running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), the device is the first device to be part of the PlayStation Certified program which means that it is able to play PlayStation Suite games. The Play started shipping globally in March 2011, with a launch lineup of around 50 titles, most of which are games already found on the android market that have been tweaked to make use of teh built in controls rather than on screen controls usually found in touch screen phone games.
The device is a horizontally sliding phone, slider below resembles the slider of the PSP Go. The slider features a D-pad in an indented area on the left side, a set of standard PlayStation buttons in an indented area on the right, a long rectangular Touchpad in the middle, start and select buttons in an indented area on the bottom right corner, an option button on the bottom left corner as well as two shoulder buttons (L and R) on the back of the device. The original form, has a long rectangular touch screen, as well as four buttons below, a back button, an option button, a home button and a search button. The device features a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a Qualcomm Adreno 205 GPU, a display measuring 4.0 inches (854 × 480), a 5 megapixel camera, 512 MB RAM, 512 MB internal storage, and a microUSB connector. It supports microSD cards, as opposed to the Memory Stick Pros used in PSP consoles.
Inside the box you’ll find a 16GB memory card, a screen protector, a Greenheart USB charger, a car USB charger, two USB cables, headphones and a 1500mAh battery.
I’m planning on using this as an pocket emulation platform as the Android market has a stack of old school console emulators available to download. Why didn’t I just do this on my Nexus One? Simple… The touch screen on the nexus one sucks and has trouble translating multi touch gestures when finger positions cross axis on the screen.
I will take a crack at some of the PsOne games when more become available.
Anyway take a look at the video. So far its a cracking phone but it does worry me when a company bundles in a screen protector. I like my devices to be able to survive without little extras and it should that sony has very little faith in the screen of this device. Could it be a scratch magnet?