May 17 AT 11:18 AM Edgar Cervantes 6 Comments

Verizon Xperia Play gets official price and release date

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has been rumored around since around August, last year. We have heard it being called the PSP Phone, PlayStation Phone, Zeus Z1, only to finally become the Xperia Play.

This Gaming optimized Android smartphone definitely has its background, and many of you will be happy to know that this long, very long wait is about to be over. Verizon has finally announced that the Xperia Play will be available in stores on May 26, for $199.99 on a two-year contract. For those that prefer having things well prepared and ready, pre-orders will also be available as of May 19, which is this Thursday.

Additional Features:

  • 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® II processor with Adreno 205 GPU
  • Adobe® Flash® Player
  • 4-inch multi-touch display
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • VGA front-facing camera for still shots and video chatting
  • Support for Google Mobile Services including Gmailâ„¢, YouTubeâ„¢, Google Talkâ„¢, Google Searchâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢, and access to more than 200,000 apps available to download from Android Marketâ„¢
  • Mobile hotspot capability— share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices

Sony Ericsson & Verizon Wireless

As promised, more than 50 PlayStation Suite game titles will be available at launch. The wide variety of games, along with the device’s slide-out gamepad controller, makes this about the best gaming device in the market.

Though many gamers out there would love to have this device, it simply is not for everyone. Just by loooking at the device, its size is definitely about the most noticeable aspect, which is due to the gamepad. If games are not that important, there are definitely other options that could better fit your needs. Many of you would prefer something thinner, or a keyboard instead of the controller, among other factors.

There you go, guys! The “PlayStation Phone” is finally here! Check out the press release, and Taylor’s article for more details about the Xperia Play. Who is planning to purchase this gaming phone? Do you think it is worth your time and money? If not, which device do you think will be your next?

Show Press Release
Verizon Wireless and Sony Ericsson Take Mobile Gaming to the Next Level With the Sony Ericsson Xperiaâ„¢ PLAY
The World’s First PlayStation® Certified Smartphone Combines PlayStation®-Quality Gaming Experience with the Latest Android Smartphone Technology

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Take conference calls, send emails and win football’s biggest game, all on one device. The Sony Ericsson Xperiaâ„¢ PLAY, for Verizon Wireless, redefines mobile gaming by combining all the features customers expect from a fully-featured smartphone with the ultimate gaming experience.

Powered by Androidâ„¢ 2.3, Gingerbread, the Sony Ericsson Xperiaâ„¢ PLAY will come pre-loaded with seven game titles, including Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior (Digital Legends), Asphalt 6: Adrenaline (Gameloft), The Sims 3 (EA), Star Battalion (Gameloft), Crash Bandicoot (Sony PlayStation) and Tetris. Customers can expand their video game library with more than 50 game titles available at launch for download via V CAST Apps. Customers easily become gamers with the slide out game pad revealing a directional keypad, dual analog touch joystick, two shoulder buttons and the four iconic PlayStation® symbol keys: circle, X, square and triangle.

Additional Features:

1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® II processor with Adreno 205 GPU
Adobe® Flash® Player
4-inch multi-touch display
5-megapixel rear-facing camera
VGA front-facing camera for still shots and video chatting
Support for Google Mobile Services including Gmailâ„¢, YouTubeâ„¢, Google Talkâ„¢, Google Searchâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢, and access to more than 200,000 apps available to download from Android Marketâ„¢
Mobile hotspot capability— share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices

Pricing and Availability:

The Sony Ericsson Xperiaâ„¢ PLAY will be available for pre-order online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning May 19 and in stores on May 26 for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
Sony Ericsson Xperiaâ„¢ PLAY customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access and an unlimited smartphone data plan is $29.99 for monthly access.

Game Developers:

The gaming experience can only get better as additional games are being created. Developers have the flexibility to focus on content and not worry about binary file sizes when submitting apps to V CAST Apps. Developers can visit http://developer.verizon.com/play for additional information about game development for the Sony Ericsson Xperiaâ„¢ PLAY.

Via: Android Central

Source: PRNewswire

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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