Punters looking forward to the first ever PlayStation-compatible handset, the Sony Ericsson (SE) Xperia Play, will be able to pick it up on O2, it has been confirmed.
The announcement via the network’s official Twitter feed comes hot on the heels of yesterday’s airing of the Play’s first (and unarguably expensive-looking), commercial during the Super Bowl, which finally unveiled the gaming smartphone hybrid to the masses.
As the many countless leaks have already revealed, the Play marries aesthetic elements of both the PSPgo system and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 into a rather slick looking device, with a spec sheet that features a giant four-inch touchscreen display, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and a slide-out game pad that houses the trademark PlayStation face buttons, d-pad and optical analogue sticks. Fret not, shoulder buttons are also present where they should be.
Fans of more conventional phone features will find a five-megapixel camera with LED flash and HD video recording, plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth - the usual. But perhaps more importantly, it runs Android Gingerbread out of the box, so that’s a boon for those frustrated by SE’s snub to owners of the X10 for an upgrade to Google’s latest and greatest.
Unfortunately, the commercial (see below) didn't seem to be running any games from the PSP library, other than those from the golden but ancient PS1 era, which makes us a little bit concerned about the Play’s actual gaming capabilities. However, we can expect to find that out for sure when SE showcases the handset publicly at next week’s Mobile World Congress.