Sony Ericsson has officially taken the wraps off the Xperia Play, or PlayStation phone as it’s also known, at Mobile World Congress.
The handset has a 4 inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480, a 1GHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera, and it runs Android 2.3.
Instead of a slide-out keyboard, it has a slide-out gamepad, complete with a D-pad, the familiar circle/square PlayStation buttons, plus shoulder buttons and a pair of analogue touchpads.
An Adreno GPU delivers “silky smooth 60fps” gaming and playback, Sony Ericsson claims, and minimal power consumption for a lengthy battery life.
Rikko Sakaguchi, Executive VP and Chief Creation Officer at Sony Ericsson, commented: “Today is a very proud moment for Sony Ericsson as we bring something truly revolutionary to the market. Living up to our vision of Communication Entertainment, Xperia Play will forever change the way people think about smartphones and mobile gaming.”
Sony Ericsson also pointed out that the phone will be the first PlayStation certified device, meaning it will have access to games provided by the PlayStation Suite later this year.
Some big-name franchises have been signed up for launch titles, too. These include EA’s Need for Speed, Sims 3 and a multiplayer version of FIFA 10 for mobile. The likes of Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell and Guitar Hero are also expected on the handset.
The Xperia Play launches next month.