Although the Sony Xperia Play for Verizon Wireless is rumored to be delayed just a little bit while Sony Ericsson gets some supply chain problems working out resulting from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, we are going to take a quick look at this beast of a fun device.
The Sony Xperia Play is the first 2011 Sony Xperia line phone releasing in the United States. You may remember that Sony Ericsson’s CEO Bert Nordberg promised that the US would be a priority for Sony Ericsson this year. The Xperia play draws from Sony Ericsson’s line of high end Android devices and Sony’s franchise video game brand, PlayStation.
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Sony Ericsson has taken the traditional horizontal slider and removed the keyboard and in it’s place is a fully functional d-pad similar to that of a PlayStation controller or PSP. This phone was the hot rumor about 8 months ago and now it’s finally here. The Xperia Play was released in the UK and Europe on April 1st but they too are having problems with fulfillment since the recent earthquake and tsunami.
The Sony Xperia Play is the first PlayStation certified phone. That means when Sony finishes the Sony PlayStation Suite, which is a Sony PlayStation app store, the Xperia Play will have access to all those games. The PlayStation Suite is supposed to contain previously issued PlayStation one and two games along with games developed specifically for the Sony Xperia Play.
There is a whole list of games that have already been ported for the Xperia Play available here. Some of the best developers in the Android eco-system have already got their games ported for the phone. Glu Mobile, EA Sports/Games, Gameloft, Namco and more have games ready to go on the Sony Xperia Play already.
The Xperia Play features a 4″ screen, 1ghz Qualcomm Scorpion processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 5mp rear facing camera, 8gb microSD card installed and capable of handling up to a 32gb card.
The Sony Xperia Play is just around the corner and will be released on Verizon Wireless in the United States shortly.