On Sunday, Sony rolled out its Xperia Play at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. You might know everything about the device, except for one thing.
In fact, it is not a PlayStation Phone. Moreover, you will not find the PlayStation logo anywhere on the handset. It is an Android slide-boot handset that is capable to play PlayStation games.
PlayStation software will be brought to an array of handsets, which means that the Xperia Play is just the beginning.
The latest mobile device boasts of a 4-inch multitouch LCD screen which offers the resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. It comes with standard four buttons of Android. The handset integrates a Qualcomm MSM8655 chipset. A single core processor powers the mobile device. It is offered with 512MB of RAM and Adreno 205 GPU. Pictures can be captured with a 5.1 MP camera. It is supportive to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The phone has 400MB of internal flash memory. It is equipped with a slide-bottom gamepad along with PSP-style control.
It is expected that games created for the handset will look pretty sharp. It will be possible to buy games by accessing an online Sony Ericsson store.
According to Sony’s Kazuo Hirai, the mobile device will come with PS One games. If you do not know what a PS One is, try to recollect the original 1994 PlayStation. Final Fantasy was the second bestselling game of the original PlayStation. The game is quite challenging to play on the PSPgo or PSP. It should be mentioned that PS One games were created for old TVs, which means you will have to deal with pixel interpolation as well as formatting limitations.
According to Sony, together with 20 publishing partners they will offer 50 games at launch. It is expected that the Xperia Play will hit the global market in March. The handset will be offered by Verizon in the US market.