We know it's coming and now we have an official breakdown from Sony Ericsson.
The press release is here: the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is the world's first PlayStation Certified smartphone, and it's powered by the latest Android version (Gingerbread version 2.3). It'll be available this spring and there will be "more than 50 top game titles available at launch," which should appeal to long-time fans of the PlayStation brand. And the fresh news is this- it'll be available on the Verizon Wireless Network. Said Peter Farmer, Sony Ericsson Head of Marketing for North America:
"This Spring, expect to see a lot of people with their heads down and thumbs up. Xperia™ PLAY combined with the power of the Verizon Wireless network gives you everything you need in a smartphone and the one thing you want – the ultimate gaming experience."
Some of the games on tap are Adrenaline 6 , Bruce Lee , Star Battalion , The Sims 3 , and of course, Tetris . The latest ESA survey says 67% of households in the US play computer or video games, 42% of heads of households play games on wireless devices (up from 20% in 2002), the average age of a gamer is 34, and 40% of those game players are women. Lastly, Facebook users can enter the First2Play contest; there will be 10 winners, and they'll be the first 10 people to get the Xperia Play. Just visit Sony Ericsson's page and hit the "Play Now" tab. The key features of this cool device are as follows:
So, anything else you need to know? …price, right? Well, that will surely come in due time but for now, it'll be interesting to see if the PlayStation crowd reacts positively to the phone. We're kind of assuming it will.