The fantasy of the Playstation phone is now a reality with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. The Xperia Play is the first mobile to bear PlayStation certification, which is a fact that is compounded by its inclusion of slide-out gaming controls which features a four-way D-pad, dual touch-sensitive areas to replace analogue sticks and the shape-emblazoned buttons which have defined PlayStation controllers for years.
As well as the slide out controls the Xperia Play will also have a set of shoulder buttons to add even more options for interactivity which gamers will be familiar with and newcomers will learn to love.
All of the gaming goodness is shot into the eyes of the user via the Xperia Play’s four inch touchscreen display and the native resolution of 854×480 will give it a sharp, vivid ability to showcase the titles which are made available for it.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is very different to other smartphones like the HTC Gratia and the Samsung Galaxy Ace. The HTC Gratia runs Android 2.2 compared to the Xperia Play’s fresher 2.3 version of Google’s platform and it also has a considerably larger display. Meanwhile the Samsung Galaxy Ace is another modest handset, with its 3.5 inch display hardly matching up to that of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.
The one problem with this new Sony Ericsson handset is that its own single core 1GHz processor looks a little measly alongside the dual core powerhouses which will feature in the LG Optimus 2X and the Samsung Galaxy SII. It should still run decent games but this might not be enough.
Take a look at some additional images of the Sony Xperia Play phone: