Finally, we have some official deets on the Playstation Phone, titled the Xperia Play. Images of the handset/handheld gaming platform leaked out last month, but at the time we didn’t know how it would be sold. Now, it looks like the handset will be available this Spring via Verizon Wireless for a yet to be announced price. Will it be another Nokia Ngage like failure or a massive success that will bolster the Android platform to iPhone gaming like status? That has yet to be realized, but let’s take a look at the specs in the mean while.
Under the hood will be a 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 backed by a built-in Andreno 205 GPU. This should make for some solid game play, but lets not overlook the dedicated controls, something the iPhone and other Android handsets lack. It measures 119 x 62 x 16 mm and weighs 175 grams. The phone itself will support up to 400mb of storage, though a microSD card slot is present for up to 32GB – it will include an 8GB microSD. It will ship with Android 2.3 and 5 titles (Asphalt Adrenaline 6, Bruce Lee, Star Battalion, The Sims 3, and Tetris) preinstalled and a “legendary” PlayStation title. Upon launch more than 50 additional titles from the top developers will be available for purchase via the Android app store.
Now, about those gaming controls. There are two shoulder buttons, a directional pad and the all too familiar Sony Playstation square, circle, triangle and X buttons. Ah, but what about analog? Fear not. In the center are two two analog touch inputs for joystick action.
While the jury is still out on the success of the Xperia Play, it is at the very least an indicator of Sony’s growing willingness to adapt with the times. Though that isn’t to say they haven’t given up on building their own stand alone platforms as we saw with the recent release of the NGP.