Sony Ericsson has finally lifted the lid on the Xperia Play, aka the PlayStation phone, ending years of waiting and speculative stories in the tech press.
Showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), videos and leaked snaps of the handset have been cropping up online for months. As has been widely reported, it’s home to a 4.3-inch touchscreen with multi-touch support, plus a d-pad, shoulder buttons, a pair of analogue touchpads and the buttons imprinted with the PlayStation’s time-honoured circle, cross, square and triangle branding.
Elsewhere, the Play features a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, plus an Adreno graphics processing unit (GPU) to keep everything ticking over smoothly and will ship with the latest smartphone version of Google’s Android operating system, Gingerbread.
However, less expected was the news that the Play will offer what Sony Ericsson is calling “silky smooth” 3D mobile gaming, meaning the handset is on par with the Nintendo 3DS. Meanwhile, the launch-up will include an impressive 50 titles.
UK buyers will be able to get their hands on the Xperia Play from March, when it's likely to be free on a range of contract deals. 3, Orange, O2, Vodafone and T-Mobile have all confirmed plans to carry it.