Sony Ericsson makes Xperia Play reveal official

Monday, 7th February 2011 02:03 GMT By Brenna Hillier

PlayStation Phone is finally official. Sony Ericsson chose the Superbowl as the ideal platform to debut the leaked Xperia Play advertisement.

Xperia Play

First shown off in leaked prototype pictures in October. Sony originally called the shots fake before retracting said comment.

Various pictures and videos have appeared of the device before Sunday’s SuperBowl appearance.

Goes by the codename of “Zeus,” and is “based” off PSP1 tech.

A previously-rumoured formal reveal at Mobile World Congress takes place this Sunday in Barcelona.

It also coincided with confirmation of a Mobile World Congress reveal. About time.

At almost exactly the same moment US viewers were exposed to the infamous Android surgery ad, the official Sony Ericsson Facebook page updated with an image of the Play and “date of the official announcement” – February 13, at 6:00 PM GMT.

The leaked trailer shown during the Superbowl.

That’s bang up to the previously-rumoured Mobile World Congress reveal in Barcelona. You can probably expect carrier details and a date at this weekend’s unveil.

The device was first shown in a prototype form last October. Since then, countless blowouts on the phone has been posted online.

At CES, PlayStation boss Kaz Hirai’s broad hints on the phone foreshadowed Sony’s PlayStation Suite reveal, with tech site Engadget having a model for almost two weeks, even going as far as posting a demonstration video.



  1. Tomo

    It just looks terrible, like a prototype.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Crysis

    If/When i do upgrade, I’ll likely get this, but only if Optus can offer it on a $30< plan, that way i don't have to pay to switch providers or cancel my current plan.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Brenna Hillier

    I’ve been resisting smartphones for ages, think this has sold me on them at last.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. yacaman

    want it. Love it.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Blerk


    Wait, no – the other thing. Meh.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Michael O’Connor

    Xperias are consistantly average performance smartphones.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Suikoden Fan

    think i’ll stick with iphones

    #7 4 years ago
  8. back_up

    sony will beat lame apple iphones

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Michael O’Connor

    @8 Not with this piece of crap they won’t.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Suikoden Fan

    @8 i couldn’t give a shit if they do or dont ‘beat’ apple, i’m no fanboy to anyone and you know what, i get the best of all worlds

    #10 4 years ago
  11. back_up

    there is only one best and it’s sony Xperia

    #11 4 years ago
  12. back_up

    if 50% failure rate console can sold than why not this

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Suikoden Fan

    @11 no no it isnt, the best of all worlds is to not being biased. Apple atm have some of the best phone games out there, Choas Rings come to mind. Even in the console world theres no way i’d stick with just a PS3 and due to this i have the chance to play all the good games and as such i do get the best of all worlds.

    I’m sorry but if anyone thinks overwise they are deluding themselves.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Michael O’Connor

    @11 “here is only one best and it’s sony Xperia”

    I’m sorry, what was that?

    I couldn’t hear you over the sound of your own bullshit.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. back_up

    PS3 in best if you buy 360 you will regret because 360 has 50% RROD

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Michael O’Connor

    @14 Look at the picture. It’s a benchmark test of the most common smartphones on the market right now. Look at where the Xperia is sitting.

    I wasn’t even talking about the PS3.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Michael O’Connor



    #17 4 years ago
  18. back_up

    PS3 in best if you buy 360 you will regret because 360 has 50% RROD

    ****no edit button ****

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Suikoden Fan

    @15 and yet it has some of the best games this gen on it

    Blue Dragon
    Lost Odyssey
    Samurai Warriors 2 (and expansions)
    Deadly Premonition
    Warriors Orochi
    Tales of Vesperia
    Magna Carta 2

    thats not to say other formats dont have great games they do

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Michael O’Connor

    Here it is again:

    #20 4 years ago
  21. back_up

    buy it at your own risk it has 50% failure rate

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Suikoden Fan

    @21 oh the old rrod threat, yeah when the console came out that was a right bitch and MS will never live that down, but the nwer consoles dont have that failure rate, and nothing last forever, things arent made to last anymore. hell the PS3 has the YLOD, stops reading disc etc, no console is perfect.
    Though nintendo consoles seem to be built like tanks, they rarely get faults except the original NES, that is a bitch and a half, or the Sega Saturn and its damn laser issues.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. back_up

    @22 :
    PS3 has only 6 to 8 % of failure not 50% like 360
    happy paying for live which should be free :lol:

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Suikoden Fan

    @23 i agree live should be free and i’d be damned before i paid for it, my point is no one service is perfect and we shouldnt align ourselves with any one group, there multinational companies with more money in ther wbavk pocket and you’ll earn in your lifetime, they dont need people to ‘protect them’ thats what tere lawyers are for.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. back_up

    @ 24:
    “”when you die”" comment was not for you
    i cannot edit it because there is no edit button
    i am sorry

    #25 4 years ago
  26. spiderLAW

    Please let it be available for Sprint…..
    Damn, i know it wont be…. Sony only releases phones for At&T in the US….shit on me then aye?

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Michael O’Connor

    Is there a reason you’re deliberately ignoring the fact the Xperia is almost at the bottom of the benchmark, back_up?

    #27 4 years ago
  28. back_up

    people said same for PS3 few years ago and now kicking ass of 360

    #28 4 years ago
  29. HighWindXIX

    @19 In what universe are those the best games released this gen??? I’m just glad I don’t live in whichever universe that is, otherwise I would have given up gaming a couple years back . . .

    #29 4 years ago
  30. DrDamn

    @Michael O’Connor
    Which benchmark is that? Quadrant?

    The Engadget hands on preview clocked the Xperia Play at 1689.

    Not in any way meant to be defending back_up here, just pointing out that this Xperia phone does apparently have some performance behind it.

    I’m looking for a new phone soon but really can’t decide. This is an interesting proposition, but seems Sony is fragmenting their own market a little too much. Over confusing things. Also interested in Windows 7 mobiles but I think that needs a decent OS update to bring it up to date with everyone else and I’m also not all that keen on the pricing of apps so far.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Isaaclarke37

    So we have got Xperia Play & the NGP, Thank you Sony.

    #31 4 years ago

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