Sony Ericsson Xperia Play – it's official, will launch on Sunday

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play – it's official, will launch on SundayIt's not like we didn't know it was coming anyway, but Sony Ericsson has gone ahead and finally confirmed the Xperia Play – the PlayStation phone – with an official announcement.

Or at least, it's announced when the official announcement will take place, but the point is this: if there was even the tiniest bit of lingering doubt, it's gone now: the Xperia Play is real, and it's coming soon.

Super Bowl Sunday over in the US has always been a bit of a bandstand for tech companies to unveil or preview high-profile new kit, and coming just a week before Mobile World Congress kicks off it was the perfect forum for Sony Ericsson's big announcement.

The Xperia Play became official via a slightly disturbing minute-long ad that revealed the cute Android robot having thumbs surgically attached so it can indulge in its gaming action, with the big reveal coming in the last few seconds.

Sony Ericsson simultaneously put up an announcement on Facebook saying we'll be getting all the details next Sunday, February 13 at 6pm, along with the clumsy “don't miss the next gamechanger from Sony Ericsson, and more”.

Still, it's SE's gaming phone we're interested in, not its way with words, so we'll be listening with all ears on MWC Eve next Sunday, and will bring you the lowdown as soon as we have it. You can make sure you're in line for the official announcement yourself simply by Liking the current holding page on Facebook.

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Infinite Element  Feb. 7, 2011 at 17:06

I still think they should have dropped the Ericsson name for this particular device. Sony is a massive name, but Sony Ericsson doesn't do it for me. There's also no obvious PlayStation branding, which I think could increase sales enormously, but I suppose having that brand might give people the false hope that their PSP games would work in it.

Also, unless they implement a system where you can bind the buttons to old Android games, I suppose developers would have to re-code their games in order to work with this device. Might be frustrating for those that have purchased a game but can't use these controls.

I would actually consider buying this, though. Touchscreen games can get a bit tedious, and the gamer in me sometimes craves a keypad!

Infinite Element  Feb. 7, 2011 at 17:06

I still think they should have dropped the Ericsson name for this particular device. Sony is a massive name, but Sony Ericsson doesn't do it for me. There's also no obvious PlayStation branding, which I think could increase sales enormously, but I suppose having that brand might give people the false hope that their PSP games would work in it.

Also, unless they implement a system where you can bind the buttons to old Android games, I suppose developers would have to re-code their games in order to work with this device. Might be frustrating for those that have purchased a game but can't use these controls.

I would actually consider buying this, though. Touchscreen games can get a bit tedious, and the gamer in me sometimes craves a keypad!

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