Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Details About the PlayStation Phone

On Sunday, February 13, Sony Ericsson finally unveiled their newest phone, the Xperia Play, which has also become fondly known as the “PlayStation Phone,” and not only did the company reveal the Play but also two other Xperia phones, the Xperia Neo and the Xperia Pro.

According to what Sony Ericsson said at its press event at the Mobile World Conference, the Xperia Play will be launching here in the United States on Verizon Wireless’ network in March. So far, there has been no talk of a specific price, but a spokesman from Sony Ericsson said that the devices should be priced similarly to the other Xperia devices, although it will obviously vary from country to country.

"Working with Sony Ericsson to build the world's first PlayStation Certified smartphone to the nation's most reliable network builds on our commitment to deliver the best mobile gaming and entertainment experience to our customers," Jeff Dietel, vice president of marketing for Verizon, said in a statement.

Sony Ericsson said that the phone will feature a 4-inch screen, a 5 megapixel camera and will run Google Gingerbread. On top of that, the president of Sony Ericsson Bert Nordberg said it is the "first mobile device to deliver an immersive gaming experience."

When the Xperia Play launches, there will be 50 different game titles that will be available for the device. Sony says that this number will increase each week. To start off, titles including “Guitar Hero,” “Assassin’s Creed,” “Battlefield” and “Dead Space” will be available. The Play will come pre-loaded with seven games, some of which include “Asphalt Adrenaline 6,” “Tetris,” “Star Battalion” and “The Sims 3.”

So that you can truly have a fantastic gaming experience on the Play, the devices features slide out gaming controls. In place of a sliding keyboard, the Play has 4-way directional buttons and AB keys. These keys not only allow you to utilize them for gaming commands but also let you use them for navigation of the phone itself.

The device is powered by a Snapdragon, 1-GHz CPU and the Adreno 205 graphical processor. It allows for advanced gaming and 60 frames per second play-back. It comes standard with 8GB of space but can be upgraded to 32GB.

It was last month when Sony went ahead and unveiled the PlayStation Suite. It is what allows Android phones to run PlayStation content. The Play will be the very first phone to feature the PlayStation Suite. Content will be provided to the phone via a PlayStation Network Store that is scheduled to be launched by Sony by the year’s end.

Sony is also promising that there will be social media features that will allow users to somehow play against each other.

There have been rumors and speculations floating around about a PlayStation phone for months. Despite that, Sony stayed quiet until a Super Bowl ad confirmed the existence of such a device. The tagline of the ad was, "The smartphone with everything you need and the one thing you want."

Just this year at CES, Sony Ericsson went ahead and unveiled the Xperia Arc. The slim, 4.2-inch screen smartphone will run Android 2.3 and will feature a 1GHz Qualcomm second generation Snapdragon processor. Sony said that they will begin shipping the device worldwide in March. After the company’s announcement at the CES, they decided to add the Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro to the Xperia lineup as well.

According to Sony executives, the Neo will feature an 8 megapixel camera, mobile Bravia engine, TV-related features, HDMI access, HD video support, and the ability to use the Neo as a TV remote.

The Xperia Pro will include a slide out QWERTY keyboard and “smart keyboard” abilities. This feature will supposedly try to intuitively guess what application you want to use. For example, if you are reading an email and you slide out the keyboard, the Pro will automatically switch to a “reply” function.

Sony Ericsson said that both the Neo and the Pro will be running Gingerbread like the Play. Pricing has not yet been released.

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