PlayStation phone coming in March

Sony Ericsson formally announces release date for the Xperia Play; details software partners.

BARCELONA, SPAIN--It has been a busy month for Sony and its PlayStation Portable line. A few weeks ago, the Japanese manufacturer announced that it would be releasing a successor to the PSP, in the form of a brand-new device dubbed the Next Generation Portable (NGP). At an event in Barcelona before the opening of Mobile World Congress today, following months of rumour, speculation, and leaked images, Sony Ericsson formally announced that the PlayStation phone, dubbed the Xperia Play, will be released worldwide in March 2011.

The Xperia Play.

Sony Ericsson announced that the Xperia Play will run the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system when it ships. It also confirmed that the US would be one of the first markets to receive the device in early spring, through an exclusive partnership with mobile network Verizon. There are still a few grey areas in Sony's launch, though--no price has been announced for any market, while the PlayStation Store, through which consumers will buy and download games, will not launch for the device until later on in the year.

The device will be able to run HD games at 60fps, according to the manufacturer. Sony Ericsson boasts the support of Electronic Arts, Namco Bandai, Glu Mobile, PopCap, and Gameloft in terms of software. This will mean that titles from the Guitar Hero, Battlefield, and Dead Space franchises will quickly find their way onto the handheld, Sony said. Kaz Hirai, Sony Computer Entertainment's president and group CEO, was also onstage at the event to announce that the Xperia Play will launch with one "legendary PlayStation One title," although he didn't confirm which title it would be.

One other partnership confirmed in Barcelona was with Unity Technology, which provides development tools to many Web-based and mobile development studios. According to Sony Ericsson, Unity has pledged full support for the Xperia Play, meaning some 350,000 developers will be able to start transferring their 3D games to the device.

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porter333
porter333

Does anyone know the clue on here for the xperia play hunt?

CyberAlyMan
CyberAlyMan

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mr_android
mr_android

Hello, treasure hunters! I'm rather excited about this news. However, I've got something to tell you about the Xperia play... but I can't tell you here. Oh, and in my excitement, I seem to have spaced a little over-enthusiastically. Sorry about that!

Bufta
Bufta

@MacDee23 Wifi's theoretical max is 54 mbps on some routers, that doesnt mean youll get that speed. Your wifi speed will be governed by your actual broadband speed and in most cases will be lower.

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

FYI iPhone Users. #1, Android is the BEST Operating System in the world, iOS isnt that big of a deal. It still cant do much plus the iPhone is way more expensive. #2 Sony is the greatest game company of ALL time. #3 PSP + Xperia Android Phone = The Playstation Phone!

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

This is the ultimate all-in-one experience. Android+PlayStation=UltimateCombo. I'm not sure if i NEED this more or WANT it more. So getting for the big b'day. lol.

MacDee23
MacDee23

@Bufta Wi Fi connects at 54mbps. Which is quicker than many peoples broadband connection. Internet downloads from somebodies home broadband connection over wi fi will be rediculously fast.

tornado9632
tornado9632

that is sick!!!! but all i want to know if you can go anywhere and play games with it for free if you can then i am going to buy it 100%

Buzduganjr
Buzduganjr

@Bufta Yes buddy you are right ;) if yo leave out side of the big cities yea you might have a lower bandwidth but most of the big cities have 14Mb/sec with this new HD technology ;)

Bufta
Bufta

@buzduganjr 3G or wifi it will still be slow for most internet users who have speeds way below 4 mbps atm.

lionheart234
lionheart234

im not sure whether to love it or hate it? just seem like a revamped n-gage =/

abarnet0
abarnet0

I was skeptical until I saw the touch sensitive analog sticks. And it goes from from game to phone so fast! Definitely getting this. If the music player can rival the Ipod, this thing is my dream gadget.

FstBrk342
FstBrk342

i'm confused, so will this run psp and ngp games on it, or is it just a regular phone with a gamepad interface?

Buzduganjr
Buzduganjr

@Bufta Hehe buddy who said you have to download games on 3G :D you can have WIFI :) and usually Sonny make good phone batteries :)

magicalclick
magicalclick

@Sigil-otaku Agreed. I actually want to play some of the RPGs I played before 1995. There was one epic Taiwanese RPG only used 23MB of everything. I would paid for games like that anyday.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

This video has been removed by the user. awesome

Prime99
Prime99

Like i said before. I'll stick with the iPhone.

zaiwen
zaiwen

Ain't it obvious? That legendary ps1 title is none other than Gran Turismo

jhpeter
jhpeter

Looks interesting, make a fair price and you will sell as hell Sony.

Bufta
Bufta

Unfortunately this phone will fail BIG TIME!! its coming out too close to the NGP. Who the hell is gonna shell out around £350 for a soon to be obsolete format i.e. the PSP. Very bad timing from Sony, plus of course its download only and with the size of PSP games sometimes pushing around the gigabyte level it'll take ages to download via 3G. Unless this is a totally new format and wont use existing psp games, its all a bit vague atm, plus whats the battery gonna be like on this pretty poor if the psp is anything to go by. Personally i want a phone to be a phone and not a games machine that will kill my battery in little over 2 hours.Massive Fail Sony.

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

This was an obvious move. I think the 3DS will mark the last games-only portable, as more and more people will be using their phones to play games. It was the only way Sony could compete. Not sure about that battery life though

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

i always wanted to take my phone and my psp with me but its too much place , now i can

zaeroxe
zaeroxe

Xperia unlocked sells for 650 euro/release 28th march, at least at play.com Way to much for this phone but still expected when it comes to sony I guess. I'm pretty sure I'll get one at the moment. I skipped out on ps3 so I owe them one...

2w-sephiroth
2w-sephiroth

I am fine with my PSP 1000s with the 16gb chip plus! its many many functionalities. Besides. NGP its on the way.

venantas
venantas

Expected better graphics... But like phone its pretty good.

mrhagane
mrhagane

wow.. need to sell my Blackberry first XP

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@magicalclick: At the moment I think gaming is becoming a little too insular. Seems like NGP and this want to mimic console games for people who think those are the only 'hardcore' games. Well what about all the older consoles like mega drive, snes etc. that didn't have 3D or heavy graphics but still had hardcore games like chrono trigger (think that was on the snes anyway). There's more than one kind of hardcore game and its not just graphics based so for me they could have just done some good cheap RPG and I'd have been happy.

CountZer0
CountZer0

The specs of the phone aren't that good. I have an HTC desire since last year and it's the same as this with additional RAM. So if this phone sells for over 300-350 it will be like a robbery. Much more powerful phones, with dualcore CPUs are about to be released. This one will be a nice deal if it gets a lower price.

mayankahuja
mayankahuja

Wow looks cool.......lets see what they price this beauty at.........

magicalclick
magicalclick

Hardcore gaming on phone? While nice, but, I am so cheap in terms of phone gaming. I download all the free one :P. It is nice to have the controller thing, but, it also adds thickness to the device. Not sure how the mom and pop will react to this.

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

@zidan4000 I'll back you on that. The GNP will run $300, The should have added the phone with it to make it a better deal. I'm not about to drop 300 bucks on the NGP or even the phone.. I do not know how much it is.. All I ask from a cell phone.. Is that it just works. I do not care if it plays games, apps, or all that other crap. If I can not call out or get calls, I'm not getting it.

zidan4000
zidan4000

why not just add a phone capability on NGP and make it the ultimate handheld?

decoy1978
decoy1978

When the N-Gage first came out, I jumped on that bandwagon. WORST GAMING MISTAKE EVER. But when I read articles like this, it piques my interest again on phone/gaming system hybrids. With the release of iphones and androids my disdain for gaming phones have decreased to the point that maybe its time.... I will have to reserve any judgement till E3 or whatever phone-convention pops up.. until then I still have memories of N-Gage -_-

juzek
juzek

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driftster7788
driftster7788

THISSS SUMMERRRRR....... that thing is gunna suck lol

Alucard9114
Alucard9114

there is a twelve year old boy running sony. this will flop

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

This has the potential to be HUGE. I can only imagine a device like the IPhone, but with the backing of an extensive game library that the Playstation brand will bring. People can hate all they want but Sony looks to be a major player entering this market, and I may have to get me one of these!

Ghetto_ninja
Ghetto_ninja

I bet Legend of Dragoon will be the PSone title. Also this uses a touch pad not analog I believe. Which unlike the droid will not be on the damn screen. So glad it's on Verizon. Verizon is the biggest and best carrier.

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

I am curious about Canadian launch details though...

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

Could not care less about this product. Bring on the NGP and 3DS :D

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

no tmobile ,, instant failure sony , you should support all major carriers not just whom ever you choose hahaa ngage am confirmed? and wheres the analog , another problem when tryin to play games on this will be remembered when trying to use my androd this would be no different and ngp around the corner sony is pulling a sega already and the war hasnt even started next gen ---eg releasing pspphone ngp all in one year , its like they want nintendo to take them out , as if that didnt already occur with ds vs psp , nintendo is sure gonna be happy about this cause this sets them up to compete way before ngp gets started , lol preorders for 3ds already surpass wii launch numbers and we still got 1 month to go almost 2 so ya

CaptainKenny
CaptainKenny

Another smart move from the fine makers at sony :D someday they will stop trying to run their profits to the ground.

Bobby_Flamingo
Bobby_Flamingo

bad time to release this, y get this when the sony ngp is just around the corner, and apple is ruling the smartphone gaming market