Sony Ericsson formally announces release date for the Xperia Play; details software partners.
BARCELONA, SPAIN--It has been a busy month for Sony and its PlayStation Portable line. A few weeks ago, the Japanese manufacturer announced that it would be releasing a successor to the PSP, in the form of a brand-new device dubbed the Next Generation Portable (NGP). At an event in Barcelona before the opening of Mobile World Congress today, following months of rumour, speculation, and leaked images, Sony Ericsson formally announced that the PlayStation phone, dubbed the Xperia Play, will be released worldwide in March 2011.
Sony Ericsson announced that the Xperia Play will run the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system when it ships. It also confirmed that the US would be one of the first markets to receive the device in early spring, through an exclusive partnership with mobile network Verizon. There are still a few grey areas in Sony's launch, though--no price has been announced for any market, while the PlayStation Store, through which consumers will buy and download games, will not launch for the device until later on in the year.
The device will be able to run HD games at 60fps, according to the manufacturer. Sony Ericsson boasts the support of Electronic Arts, Namco Bandai, Glu Mobile, PopCap, and Gameloft in terms of software. This will mean that titles from the Guitar Hero, Battlefield, and Dead Space franchises will quickly find their way onto the handheld, Sony said. Kaz Hirai, Sony Computer Entertainment's president and group CEO, was also onstage at the event to announce that the Xperia Play will launch with one "legendary PlayStation One title," although he didn't confirm which title it would be.
One other partnership confirmed in Barcelona was with Unity Technology, which provides development tools to many Web-based and mobile development studios. According to Sony Ericsson, Unity has pledged full support for the Xperia Play, meaning some 350,000 developers will be able to start transferring their 3D games to the device.
Hello, treasure hunters! I'm rather excited about this news. However, I've got something to tell you about the Xperia play... but I can't tell you here. Oh, and in my excitement, I seem to have spaced a little over-enthusiastically. Sorry about that!
@MacDee23 Wifi's theoretical max is 54 mbps on some routers, that doesnt mean youll get that speed. Your wifi speed will be governed by your actual broadband speed and in most cases will be lower.
FYI iPhone Users. #1, Android is the BEST Operating System in the world, iOS isnt that big of a deal. It still cant do much plus the iPhone is way more expensive. #2 Sony is the greatest game company of ALL time. #3 PSP + Xperia Android Phone = The Playstation Phone!
This is the ultimate all-in-one experience. Android+PlayStation=UltimateCombo. I'm not sure if i NEED this more or WANT it more. So getting for the big b'day. lol.
@Bufta Wi Fi connects at 54mbps. Which is quicker than many peoples broadband connection. Internet downloads from somebodies home broadband connection over wi fi will be rediculously fast.
that is sick!!!! but all i want to know if you can go anywhere and play games with it for free if you can then i am going to buy it 100%
@Bufta Yes buddy you are right ;) if yo leave out side of the big cities yea you might have a lower bandwidth but most of the big cities have 14Mb/sec with this new HD technology ;)
@buzduganjr 3G or wifi it will still be slow for most internet users who have speeds way below 4 mbps atm.
I was skeptical until I saw the touch sensitive analog sticks. And it goes from from game to phone so fast! Definitely getting this. If the music player can rival the Ipod, this thing is my dream gadget.
i'm confused, so will this run psp and ngp games on it, or is it just a regular phone with a gamepad interface?
@Bufta Hehe buddy who said you have to download games on 3G :D you can have WIFI :) and usually Sonny make good phone batteries :)
@Sigil-otaku Agreed. I actually want to play some of the RPGs I played before 1995. There was one epic Taiwanese RPG only used 23MB of everything. I would paid for games like that anyday.
Unfortunately this phone will fail BIG TIME!! its coming out too close to the NGP. Who the hell is gonna shell out around £350 for a soon to be obsolete format i.e. the PSP. Very bad timing from Sony, plus of course its download only and with the size of PSP games sometimes pushing around the gigabyte level it'll take ages to download via 3G. Unless this is a totally new format and wont use existing psp games, its all a bit vague atm, plus whats the battery gonna be like on this pretty poor if the psp is anything to go by. Personally i want a phone to be a phone and not a games machine that will kill my battery in little over 2 hours.Massive Fail Sony.
This was an obvious move. I think the 3DS will mark the last games-only portable, as more and more people will be using their phones to play games. It was the only way Sony could compete. Not sure about that battery life though
Xperia unlocked sells for 650 euro/release 28th march, at least at play.com Way to much for this phone but still expected when it comes to sony I guess. I'm pretty sure I'll get one at the moment. I skipped out on ps3 so I owe them one...
I am fine with my PSP 1000s with the 16gb chip plus! its many many functionalities. Besides. NGP its on the way.
@magicalclick: At the moment I think gaming is becoming a little too insular. Seems like NGP and this want to mimic console games for people who think those are the only 'hardcore' games. Well what about all the older consoles like mega drive, snes etc. that didn't have 3D or heavy graphics but still had hardcore games like chrono trigger (think that was on the snes anyway). There's more than one kind of hardcore game and its not just graphics based so for me they could have just done some good cheap RPG and I'd have been happy.
The specs of the phone aren't that good. I have an HTC desire since last year and it's the same as this with additional RAM. So if this phone sells for over 300-350 it will be like a robbery. Much more powerful phones, with dualcore CPUs are about to be released. This one will be a nice deal if it gets a lower price.
Hardcore gaming on phone? While nice, but, I am so cheap in terms of phone gaming. I download all the free one :P. It is nice to have the controller thing, but, it also adds thickness to the device. Not sure how the mom and pop will react to this.
@zidan4000 I'll back you on that. The GNP will run $300, The should have added the phone with it to make it a better deal. I'm not about to drop 300 bucks on the NGP or even the phone.. I do not know how much it is.. All I ask from a cell phone.. Is that it just works. I do not care if it plays games, apps, or all that other crap. If I can not call out or get calls, I'm not getting it.
When the N-Gage first came out, I jumped on that bandwagon. WORST GAMING MISTAKE EVER. But when I read articles like this, it piques my interest again on phone/gaming system hybrids. With the release of iphones and androids my disdain for gaming phones have decreased to the point that maybe its time.... I will have to reserve any judgement till E3 or whatever phone-convention pops up.. until then I still have memories of N-Gage -_-
This has the potential to be HUGE. I can only imagine a device like the IPhone, but with the backing of an extensive game library that the Playstation brand will bring. People can hate all they want but Sony looks to be a major player entering this market, and I may have to get me one of these!
I bet Legend of Dragoon will be the PSone title. Also this uses a touch pad not analog I believe. Which unlike the droid will not be on the damn screen. So glad it's on Verizon. Verizon is the biggest and best carrier.
no tmobile ,, instant failure sony , you should support all major carriers not just whom ever you choose hahaa ngage am confirmed? and wheres the analog , another problem when tryin to play games on this will be remembered when trying to use my androd this would be no different and ngp around the corner sony is pulling a sega already and the war hasnt even started next gen ---eg releasing pspphone ngp all in one year , its like they want nintendo to take them out , as if that didnt already occur with ds vs psp , nintendo is sure gonna be happy about this cause this sets them up to compete way before ngp gets started , lol preorders for 3ds already surpass wii launch numbers and we still got 1 month to go almost 2 so ya
Another smart move from the fine makers at sony :D someday they will stop trying to run their profits to the ground.
bad time to release this, y get this when the sony ngp is just around the corner, and apple is ruling the smartphone gaming market
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