Sony Ericsson to announce the Xperia Play aka the PlayStation Phone on February 13th

Finally, after months of speculation, Sony Ericsson has officially announced a date for Xperia Play (also known as the PlayStation Phone). Sony Ericsson will hold an event on the 13th of February at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at 6pm GMT to show it off to the world.

Engadget has managed to grab hold of an Xperia Play before the announcement and note it has features such as

  • Android Gingerbread as the OS
  • 4 inch Multitouch LCD Display with a resolution of 854x480
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash for HD video recording.
  • Single core CPU & GPU
  • 512mb of RAM
  • Micro SD, SIM and micro USB slots
  • Built in WIFI, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, FM receiver + transmitter

The announcement of the Xperia Play comes only a few short weeks after the announcement of the PlayStation Portable 2, though comes with much higher hardware specs such as a quad core CPU & GPU. Sony had also announced at the same keynote that the PlayStation Store will be coming to most android devices at the end of the year -- dubbed "PlayStation Suite" -- and will allow developers to port their current games to the PlayStation Store for Android users to download.

If you missed watching the Super Bowl today, the check out the announcement advert below.

image source: facebook (sony ericsson)

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It's like Sony wanted to prove to all of us that they can add more fragmentation to Android AND the PSP platform in one fail swoop!

Launching with the latest OS is a bad idea? Should they launch with Froyo, Eclair or just go straight back to cupcake? Your comment makes 0 sense, if they launched with anything less than 2.3 I would have agreed but as it is it's just moot.

I believe its cool.
And since when Nintendo DS is better than PSP?
When I played with a DS it was kinda fake. Not to mention also that Nintendo 3DS lasts for 3 hours oO

MariosX said,
I believe its cool.
And since when Nintendo DS is better than PSP?
When I played with a DS it was kinda fake. Not to mention also that Nintendo 3DS lasts for 3 hours oO
That is just a rumor. In fact, I believe that it should last 15 hours on lowest light settings. The DS lite lasted 16 hours and the DSi lasted 14 hours.

mikrokiwi said,
Sony Ericsson != Sony
Neowin/author, you look stupid when writing that this is made by Sony...

Sony Ericsson is a joint venture established on October 1, 2001by the Japanese consumer electronics company Sony Corporation and the Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson

I am technically correct

The Protagonist said,

Sony Ericsson is a joint venture established on October 1, 2001by the Japanese consumer electronics company Sony Corporation and the Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson

I am technically correct


No. Sony Ericsson will reveal the Xperia Play, Sony will not.
Sony is not pulling the strings of Sony Ericsson, they are two different companies. Yes, Sony is the parent of Sony Ericsson, but this has almost nothing to do with Sony, it's just the parent company letting Sony Ericsson ride on their Playstation brand (Playstation Suite for Android, the phone is NOT called the Playstation Phone)

I can see now that I came across a little harsh, sorry about that! "you just look silly" might be a better choice of words

mikrokiwi said,

No. Sony Ericsson will reveal the Xperia Play, Sony will not.
Sony is not pulling the strings of Sony Ericsson, they are two different companies. Yes, Sony is the parent of Sony Ericsson, but this has almost nothing to do with Sony, it's just the parent company letting Sony Ericsson ride on their Playstation brand (Playstation Suite for Android, the phone is NOT called the Playstation Phone)

I can see now that I came across a little harsh, sorry about that! "you just look silly" might be a better choice of words

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The human fingers "semi-attached" into the Android is rather gross and disgusting.. Couldn't they just come up with a clever ad?!

efthlouk said,
The human fingers "semi-attached" into the Android is rather gross and disgusting.. Couldn't they just come up with a clever ad?!

Yeah I didn't much care for that fingers attached thing either. I suppose I'll at least remember how that cloth was sticking to his stitches.

efthlouk said,
The human fingers "semi-attached" into the Android is rather gross and disgusting.. Couldn't they just come up with a clever ad?!

Yeah, I have to agree. It was rather shocking... I didn't much care for it either. I mean, the Android "guy" is cartoonish. It couldn't have grown cartoon thumbs (As just one example)? And that's not to say that would have been the best ad for this, but it would have been less gross.

efthlouk said,
The human fingers "semi-attached" into the Android is rather gross and disgusting.. Couldn't they just come up with a clever ad?!

It's Sony, doesn't anyone remember the Playstation ad with the woman having a baby which shoots out of her and ages rapidly or the creepy one for the PS3 with the baby and a PS3 in a white room....Sony likes their shock value

LOLz this and the psp2 has fail written all over it. The PSP hardware superiority was no match for the DS and they think making psp2 more powerful will do anything to 3DS sales? PS3 is more more sophisticated than both the Wii60 and still in last place. They need to hit the reset button that the walkman effect is long gone.

astroX said,
so, is it more of a phone or more of a portable game console?

Yeah, I dunno. Maybe it's me. But I don't see the market this is trying to get into...

They're cutting themselves out of the casual or "kid" segment by putting a phone in it that is now going to require a monthly plan, and they are making a phone unnecessarily bulky for those that would be looking for a phone that also does some games...

I may very well be wrong here, but I just don't see the market for this type of device being that large...

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, I dunno. Maybe it's me. But I don't see the market this is trying to get into...

They're cutting themselves out of the casual or "kid" segment by putting a phone in it that is now going to require a monthly plan, and they are making a phone unnecessarily bulky for those that would be looking for a phone that also does some games...

I may very well be wrong here, but I just don't see the market for this type of device being that large...


Personally I love the concept, just hate the design, want to get one in my hands and see what its like - I'm the market there approaching