Jan 26 AT 1:47 PM Taylor Wimberly 20 Comments

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (PlayStation Phone) gets lengthy hands-on preview

Rumors of a PlayStation phone first surfaced back in August and then the leaks began to appear over the last couple of months. The device, now being called the Xperia Play, is widely expected to be announced at next month’s MWC in Barcelona and now Engadget got their hands on an early unit for an exclusive preview.

The Xperia Play is will ship with Android 2.3 and features a 4-inch multitouch 854 x 480 LCD, 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU (MSM8655), 5 megapixel camera, VGA front-facing camera,¬†512MB of RAM, 1500 mAh battery, stereo speakers, and dedicated game controls. The phone looks a little on the thick side, but I guess that’s the price you pay for having a DualShock-style¬†gamepad and shoulder buttons.

Games are expected to be managed by a PlayStation Pocket app, but it was not fully functional in this prototype.

As awesome as the phone looks, I can’t help but be disappointed by Sony Ericsson’s choice to go with the single-core Snapdragon which features the Adreno 205 GPU. Given the estimated launch window for the Xperia Play, it would have been nice if they went with a next-generation dual-core CPU that featured a faster GPU. There is no doubt that the Xperia Play will have some killer games, but it looks like even better games will be available for Tegra 2 devices.

Hit up the source link for the rest of the details and another video.

Source: Engadget

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  • http://Website Jack

    I totally agree. Should have had a better CPU. I was actually considering this to be my next phone, but now… Not so much. Too bad.

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    the quality of the screen seems nice. the performance seems a little laggy. te texture of the screen seems a little sticky or something when he pinch to zoom. i never understood sony’s ui. everything looks blue and boring.

  • http://Website Miguel

    You know the phone is being mis-marketed when nearly all reviews and blog posts regarding the phone refer to it as “The Playstation Phone”, yet Sony refuses to call it that. What a blunder!

  • http://Website Greg

    I was really excited for this, but there’s no way I’ll be upgrading to a phone that has equal specs to a phone I bought 18 months before it. Since they’ll undoubtedly be touting this as THE phone to have for playing games, it’s a shame that it won’t run games as good as the rest of the high-end Android phones. Stupid Sony.

    • http://Website DROID Sam

      You might want to check your facts before calling SONY stupid. 18 months ago, all Android phones were running on 528 MHz processors which pushed out Quadrant scores well under the 500 point mark. Qualcomm’s MSM8655 processor is capable of Quadrant scores that reach the high 1800′s, nearly four times more powerful than anything that was available 18 months ago.

      If you can let me know which phone you’re referring to, that would be greatly appreciated. The MSM8655 chip is currently at the top of its game and has only been used in phones for about 4 months.

      • http://Website Greg

        For your information, Sam, this phone hasn’t been released yet and probably won’t be released until June. That puts 18 months at the beginning of last year, when the Nexus One was released. True, this chip is more powerful than the N1′s Snapdragon, but that’s what we call an exaggeration. I was exaggerating the facts (though not nearly as much as you seem to think) to prove the point.

        Stupid Sam.

      • http://Website gladiator_posse

        Only 4 months…and by the time this phone is released, it will only be 8 months, and by the time a decent/substantial library of dedicated games become available it will be 12-18 months…In the Andriod World, that’s a generation Sam! C’mon!
        That’s the great thing about Android…there’s always something better coming soon!
        You work for Sony don’t you?

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  • http://Website BiGMERF(jr)

    I was excited when I first heard about the phone. But since there is no dual core, it means no buy for me. Sony should know better. They never skimped out like this before.

    • http://Website Steven

      Yeah, me too. To say the specs are disappointing is an understatement. Of course, if they threw the word Playstation on the box, it’d sell ok no matter what was inside. Personally, I think I’ll be sticking with my Epic + Game Gripper combo for a good long while, lol.

  • http://Website Gary

    I just want the HTC G2 with this gamepad

  • http://Website Jeff

    I think this is the worst phone launch in the history of Android.

    Every manufacture purposely leaks info so they’re able to create a buzz on these blogs, but Sony has purposely leaked info almost 30 times about this one phone.

    Plus, I think these specs suck. I would much rather play a game on my phone using gyroscope than stupid playstation buttons that just make the phone feel way too thick.

  • http://getyourgadgetsgoing.com Tristan Thomas

    I really want to get the PlayStation phone but sony is keeping quite with this one. They are to release the PlayStation Suite App for Android devices later this hear. You can read about it here: http://goo.gl/vAUAt

  • http://Website Nioh

    Well, I think you have to rethink a little.
    Yes, the phone wont have dual core. However, I think they are going for a pricetag wich wont ruin people.
    I mean, it’s a gaming phone wich attracts younger people. If they wanna sell well they can propably not have a high-end pricetag on this phone, plus the fact that it must compete with other portable gaming consoles wich are cheaper.
    In that perspective a dual-core plattform is to expensive yet.

    But I think they should have gone for a more powerful GPU.
    But nothing is official yet, remember the fact that everything is just rumours on this phone until they officially announce it.
    And that announcement is a hefty one, they have to do everything right then. Give us something to chew on, like some nice gaming titles that will come at the time they release this phone.

  • http://Website Damien Harrison

    This will be the only phone with playstation controls, however this will not be the only phone capable of playing playstation content.

    As Sony have realesed a press statement regarding the sony playstation suite


  • http://Website VODDOO

    I won’t buy this is great device to play PLaystation one video game.

  • http://Website Jack


    how simple is it to understand that tegra 2 chips doesn’t necessarily mean great games.
    don’t set your hopes up for there be instantaneously amazing games to pop up once these android devices with tegra chips come out.
    iphones for example have many many great games (Dead Space 2, Infinity Blade, Rage HD, Cut the Rope, etc) yet it doesn’t have Tegra 2 processors.
    nintendo ds doesn’t have as advanced hardware as psp, yet it has much more and better games than psp does.
    As long as there are devs making games for a platform, that is all that matters.
    Of course as android get more development, it will get better and better stuff.
    So far that hasn’t happened yet, so we’ll see what’s in the future and how much the tegra 2 can change things.

    As for this Xperia Play phone, I hope Sony will get their developers the support the playstation store with games.

  • http://www.google.com/ Jonalyn

    And I tohhgut I was the sensible one. Thanks for setting me straight.

  • http://ecarlatez.wordpress.com/ Danmark

    I have had my phone for a few days now and I love it. I can work and play on it and the battery holds up. It’s not too bulky and the touchscreen is very responsive. This is my first smartphone and I don’t know how I’v managed without one this long.

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