Sony Ericsson introduces Xperia Play -- PlayStation certified Android smartphone

While other smartphones have slide-out keyboards, Sony Ericsson´s new Xeperia smartphone, the Xperia Play, comes with a slide-out game pad and combines PlayStation-quality gaming experience with the very latest in Android smartphone technology.

The Xperia Play´s slide out game pad reveals a digital D pad, two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four PlayStation icons: circle, cross, square and triangle.

Capable of 60fps play-back 3D mobile gaming and Web browsing with minimal power consumption, the Xperia Play is powered by Qualcomm´s optimised Snapdragon processor with a 1Ghz CPU and embedded Adreno GPU graphics processor. It will run on Gingerbread (version 2.3), the latest version of Google´s Android platform.

It also comes with a 5 megapixel camera, 4" multi-touch screen and social networking features.

As a PlayStation Certified device, it will have access to PlayStation game content provided through the PlayStation Suite initiative, currently under development by Sony Computer Entertainment and due to launch later this calendar year.

Sony Ericsson has partnered with key publishers in the gaming industry to deliver a rich, vibrant ecosystem at launch and post launch with many leading new titles available via the Android Marketplace. Leading franchises coming to Xperia PLAY includes EA´s Need For Speed, Sims 3 and a world-first multiplayer version of FIFA 10 for mobile.

Meanwhile, GLU Mobile/Activision will be bringing Guitar Hero while Gameloft´s titles include Assassin´s Creed and Splinter Cell. Sony Ericsson is also partnering with Unity Technologies, using its award-winning development platform, to ensure a continuous flow of high quality 3D game titles.

A pre-loaded application will enable users to discover and download titles that have been optimised for game play on Xperia Play, access recently played games and see information about the games they have downloaded.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play will be available globally in selected markets from March 2011.

Published Date : 14 February 2011

Source : Sony Ericsson press release

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