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MWC11 LIVE: Sony Ericsson announces the Xperia Play – the world's first PlayStation certified Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Sunday, 13.02.11 - 19:00:00 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 8230x
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Sony Ericsson today announced the game changing Xperia Play, the latest phone in its Xperia range of Android based smartphones. the Xperia Play delivers the smartphone functionality that the most serious power users could need, teamed with the immersive gaming experience that any gamer would want. In portrait mode, the Android smartphone offers all the benefits that users have come to expect from Sony Ericsson's existing range of Xperia smartphones with best-in-class entertainment experiences, a great 5 megapixel camera, a brilliant 4" multi-touch screen and great social networking features.

However, slide out the gaming control and users enter a new world of immersive mobile gaming. The slide out game pad reveals a digital D pad, two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four PlayStation icons: circle, cross, square and triangle. Qualcomm's optimized Snapdragon processor with a 1 Ghz CPU and embedded Adreno GPU graphics processor deliver silky smooth 60fps play-back 3D mobile gaming and Web browsing with minimal power consumption so Xperia Play users can enjoy long hours of battery life and game time.

Xperia Play will run on Gingerbread (version 2.3), the latest version of Google's Android platform. The Xperia Play will also be the first PlayStation Certified device. This means it will have access to PlayStation game content provided through the PlayStation Suite initiative, currently under development by Sony Computer Entertainment and due to launch later this calendar year.

Sony Ericsson has partnered with key publishers in the gaming industry to deliver a rich, vibrant ecosystem at launch and post launch with many leading new titles available via the Android Marketplace. Leading franchises coming to Xperia Play includes EA's The Sims 3 and FIFA 10 for mobile. GLU Mobile/Activision will be bringing Guitar Hero while Gameloft's titles include Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell. Sony Ericsson is also partnering with Unity Technologies, using its award-winning development platform, to ensure a continuous flow of high quality 3D game titles.

A pre-loaded application will enable users to easily discover and download titles that have been optimized for game play on Xperia Play, access recently played games and see information about the games they have downloaded.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play will be available globally in selected markets from March 2011.

Cheers ~ Arne

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