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Verizon announces Sony Xperia Play for May 26

May 17, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

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The fabled “PlayStation Phone” has finally been confirmed to go on sale at Verizon Wireless beginning May 26. Gamers can get the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play that day, or pre-order it beginning May 19.

The Xperia Play will cost $199.99 on a two-year agreement. Android users who opt for the gaming-centric device will be treated to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), a 4-inch screen, 5 megapixel camera, and a VGA front-facing camera for video chat. Verizon also includes the ability to turn the Xperia Play into a 3G Mobile Hotspot for up to five devices.

Great news, but people are really coming to the Xperia Play for one reason and one reason only – gaming. Sony Ericsson has designed the device to include directional buttons, analog controls, and physical buttons will provide a better experience for hardcore gamers tired of relying on touchscreen controls. I was pleased with my time using the device on multiple occasions and have found that the single-core 1 GHZ Snapdragon II has improved, and I hope to report that trend continues once I get a chance to review the device.

And as a reminder, the Xperia Play on Verizon should run stock Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) based on what Sony Ericsson told me at CTIA. If that helps your decision, visit VerizonWireless.com on Thursday to pre-order the device.

Here are the games that come pre-loaded on the Xperia Play

  • Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports)
  • Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior (Digital Legends)
  • Asphalt 6: Adrenaline (Gameloft)
  • The Sims 3 (EA)
  • Star Battalion (Gameloft)
  • Crash Bandicoot (Sony PlayStation)
  • Tetris