Xperia Play to release in March with 50 launch titles

Sunday, 13 February 2011 18:16 GMT By Johnny Cullen

After months of speculation and first confirmation of the existence of the device at last week’s Superbowl, Sony Ericsson has said it’ll launch Xperia Play in March.

Xperia Play

Will release in the US in “early spring” with Verizon being the first American carrier.

The phone will have 50 titles at launch, including a pre-loaded PSOne Classic, Crash Bandicoot.

First shown off in leaked prototype pictures in October.

Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg showed off the phone at a Mobile World Congress press conference in Barcelona yesterday, saying it’ll be the “world’s first ever PlayStation-certified device.”

Xperia Play will run on Gingerbread, the latest version of Android.

According to Sony Ericsson, the decision to make a PlayStation-like phone was taken in 2005.

PlayStation boss Kaz Hirai was also in attendance and took to the stage to talk about the device. He mentioned the PlayStation Suite and the PlayStation Certification programs he announced at the NGP reveal in Tokyo at the end of January, which will enable Android devices to feature PlayStation content.

He confirmed that content will come from the PlayStation Store when it goes live near the end of the year, although Play will be pre-loaded with content as well as a legendary PSone title. Hirai didn’t confirm what that would be at the time, but it’s since been reported to be Crash Bandicoot.

Trendy Games

The first game shown on the phone was Dungeon Defenders from Trendy Games.

Over 20 publishing partners will also support the device with 50 titles for launch. The number is increasing “on a weekly basis.”

Companies involved include EA, Gameloft and Glu Mobile. Guitar Hero, Dead Space, FIFA, Assassin’s Creed and more are now confirmed for Xperia Play.

Gaming tech company Unity will also be involved, with Sony Ericsson promising it’ll be “ensuring a steady flow of premium content.”

The US will get it first, with Verizon being the initial carrier when it ships in the region in “early spring”.

It’s the “ultimate smartphone gaming
experience, apparently.

In a promotional video, Sony Ericsson product manager Aaron Duke took a shot at the existing mobile gaming market.

“We don’t want you to have to play just touchscreen Angry Birds the entire time,” he said. “We want you to play true console quality games.”

He added: “This is a mobile device that can really stand up to rowdiness. You really expect a lot out of your game controller, oftentimes you’re just beating the crap out of it.

“You need a certain sturdiness to a game controller in order to beat the crap out of it and play the kind of games we want the end user to play.”

According to a GameSpot UK talk with Sony Ericsson UK MD Nathan Vautier, previously-purchased content from PS Store will have to be purchased again for Play.

“[Xperia Play owners] will have to re-purchase the games, so it’s not totally integrated,” said Vautier.

“I think the exciting thing is that there are games which people are very, very aware of.”

“We don’t see it as competition to a console like the NGP.”

The company further added that it doesn’t see Xperia Play in a competition on a gaming level with Sony’s NGP, the next-gen successor to PSP.

“We don’t see it as competition to a console like the NGP. That’s a dedicated gaming device you’ll use this more as a compliment, a different type of entertainment and for different situations,” VP head of product line, Christopher Bulcher, told PocketGamer.

Play detailed to death

Xperia Play will come in black or white, according to a press release reported by Kotaku.

The entire press conference.

The 4-inch screen is a 16,777,216 colour TFT with capacitive multi-touch and 480 x 854 pixels (FWVGA).

The phone’s box will contain a battery, stereo portable handsfree headset, 8GB microSD memory card, charger and a micro USB cable.

Battery life has been well-detailed, with gameplay time lasting “up to 5 hours 35 minutes”.

Battery life

  • Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 8 hrs 25 min
  • Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 425 hrs
  • Talk time UMTS: Up to 6 hrs 25 min
  • Standby time UMTS: Up to 413 hrs
  • Talk time CDMA2000: Up to 7 hrs 40 min
  • Standby time CDMA2000: Up to 405 hrs
  • Game play time: Up to 5 hrs 35 min
  • MP3 playback: Up to 30 hrs 35 min

Here are the phone’s full specs:


  • 5.1 megapixel camera
  • Auto focus
  • Flash / Photo light
  • Geo tagging
  • Image stabiliser
  • Send to web
  • Touch focus
  • Video light
  • Video recording
  • Video blogging


  • Album art
  • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Google™ Music Player
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • PlayNow service
  • Sony Ericsson Music player
  • Stereo speakers
  • TrackID™ music recognition application


  • Android Market
  • Bookmarks
  • Google™ search
  • Google™ Voice Search
  • Pan & zoom
  • Web browser (Webkit)


  • Call list
  • Conference calls
  • Facebook application (from Android Market)
  • Google Talk
  • Noise Shield
  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • Speakerphone
  • Sony Ericsson Timescape
  • Twitter application (from Android Market)
  • Vibrating alert


  • Android Cloud to Device messaging (C2DM)
  • Conversations
  • Email
  • Google Mail
  • Instant messaging
  • Picture messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Sound recorder
  • Text messaging (SMS)


  • Auto rotate
  • Keyboard (onscreen, 12 key)
  • Keyboard (onscreen, QWERTY)
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Touchscreen
  • Wallpaper animation


  • 3D games
  • Dedicated gaming keys
  • Flash Lite
  • Gesture gaming
  • Motion gaming
  • Video streaming
  • YouTube


  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Document editors
  • Document readers
  • E-Manual
  • Flight mode
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Gallery 3D
  • Infinite button
  • Phone book
  • Set-up Wizard
  • Widget manager


  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • aGPS
  • Bluetooth technology
  • DLNA Certified
  • Google Latitude
  • Google Location Service
  • Google Maps with Street View
  • Media Transfer Protocol support
  • Micro USB Connector
  • Modem
  • Synchronisation via Facebook
  • Synchronisation via Google Sync
  • Synchronisation via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
  • Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync
  • USB 2.0 high speed support
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality

Other stuff

  • Size: 119 x 62 x 16 mm
  • Weight: 175 grams
  • Phone memory: 400 MB
  • Memory card support: microSD, up to 32 GB
  • Memory card included: 8GB microSD
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Processor: 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7

Gamespot also has a hand-on video with the phone here.


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  1. Erthazus

    I’m sure that legendary title will be Gran Turismo 1.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. AHA-Lambda

    but guitar hero is dead right? =/

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Xenoliath

    The majority of games for this device will likely be just ports from iPhone and Android. Dead Space, Asphalt 6, they all sound like ports to me.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Nozz

    Yep, Time for a new phone methinks!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Johnny Cullen

    @2 They did say Guitar Hero. No doubt about it.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Razor

    Looks like total garbage.

    Sony and Sony Ericsson haven’t thought this through at all. Though did we really expect anything less?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Teabag

    @3 – Of course, they are the same developers. Why would they pour in cash for original content?

    But as the platform fleshes out, and IF it gets popular, we should start seeing more exclusive content that utilizes the hardware more appropriately.

    I actually like the phone. It’s a pretty good device for anyone that wants gaming plus an incredible smartphone experience. This will bring a lot of attention to Android.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. NeoSquall

    @1 I bet it will be Final Fantasy VII

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Gekidami

    Dead Space, as in the iPhone one? So i assume it’s powerful enought to play all of the more beefy phones games then, and has access to PSX games. Not bad if thats the case.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. xino

    at least Xperia has confirmed launch titles and they are 50.

    NGP? yet people say it’s going to kill 3DS.

    sonyfanboy need to wake the fark up

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Prof.Dr.Moertel

    That´s the casual NGP or which market do they want to address? :P

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    Nothing special.

    If i’m going to choose between this and iPhone… i will take iPhone for different reasons.

    @Gekidami, except running games in Unreal Engine 3.0

    With shitty Snapdragon 1Ghz processor, optimized with enhanced graphical processor unit the Adreno 205 you can’t do much. except playing sup-bar iPhone games that will look worse (with worse frame rate also) and playstation 1 titles that everyone played already on PSP, PS1,2,3 and etc.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    I don’t see casual people buying this. Casual are casual for purpose. They are going to buy Angry birds and play for 5 minutes and they will surf the net using TWITTER or Facebook and listen music after (which iPhone does a lot better) then this.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    I see a FAIL all over this like with Windows Phone 7 to be honest.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. XxT_I_K_IxX_PR

    Yeah, I believe this will fail.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. The_Red

    A game from a canceled series as a launch title? That’s not a good sign.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Doz12

    @14 according to you everything fails. dont think ive ever seen you post something positive about anything.

    Anyway will be interesting to see how well it does dont think it will challenge the iphone but might get some decent sales.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Razor

    @17 but this is going to fail.

    Which is a shame; SE had a real chance to deliver. But they failed…as per usual.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Gekidami

    ^Why have they “failed”? Let me guess, because they’re called Sony, right?

    These fanboys, i tell you.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. mark82

    #13 how do you know i-phone does internet browsing better than this device? have you had hands on with the finished product? No I didn’t think so!!
    Seems to me anything sony in these message boards and your trying to talk trash about it. why don’t you give it a rest your boring us all now!

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Erthazus

    @17 then you should read other posts.

    On Topic. There is just so wrong with this device, i mean… some people bitch about the design that it is too fat, some people bitch about performance.

    Windows Phone 7 is just an iPhone shitty knockoff
    Xperia Play wants to be everything and fails in everything. It does too much poorly, thats how can i put it.

    But NGP on the other hand is gold, i jsut don’t see a freakin reason launching this for SonyEricsson.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Erthazus

    “how do you know i-phone does internet browsing better than this device?”

    Latest version of the Android platform (Gingerbread version 2.3). Nuff said.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Razor

    @19 Why have they failed?

    Because they are launching this in March/April, yet by Sony’s own admission the Store isn’t going up until the end of the year. So where are the games going to come from in the meantime? The phone is also bulky, it’s hardly a great looking phone, and it’s running Android, which is a big turn off if you’ve ever used iOS or Windows Phone 7. Yeah, I get they don’t have a choice. But it’s still bad.

    I mean, this device is the result of a decision that was taken in 2005? Really?

    Anyone who thinks this phone is going to be success is kidding themselves; at least not in the short term. Until SCE get PS Suite up and running (and who knows how long that will take knowing SCE) this phone is going nowhere.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. mark82

    Have you personally used Gingerbread 2.3? because if you haven’t then I honestly can’t see why you could have an opinion on the matter.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Gekidami

    You do know that Android has its own store that this phone will be using, right? Where else do you think these 50 launch titles are coming from? Do you think they’ll download onto the phone from thin air?

    The rest of your arguments range from ridiculous to poor. You’re obviously a bitter person with a grudge against Sony (not only noticable here but from your past posts). So you’re opinion is pretty much void.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Erthazus

    @Razor, it’s running on Gingerbread 2.3. It’s solid.
    Windows Phone 7 iOS is crap compared to the latest gingerbread.

    @mark82, of course. At my local store as a demo and i’m not impressed.

    The only thing that i like is Honeycomb from Android but thats it.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Erthazus

    “The rest of your arguments range from ridiculous to poor.”

    Your favourite argument: I can’t explain shit so i will put it simply “your arguments are ridiculous or poor”.

    Hey, can you jump out of Sony pants for once? I think it’s logical to see that this device ain’t going to cut it when they have super impressive thing like NGP.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Gekidami

    ^ I suggest you actually look at what his other arguments were (though as you’ve proved time and time again, reading what others actually post isnt one of your strong points). You even addressed one yourself meaning the only one left is “Its too bulky! It isnt pretty!”. Thats what i call grasping at straws. Its not worth a proper reply.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Razor

    @24 Is there any indication that Gingerbread is a radically enhanced, radically revamped, fresh and innovative OS?


    @25 I have a grudge against Sony? Right, that must be why I have a PS3, PS2 and PS1. Please don’t be an idiot, you are allowed to crisitise a company even if you buy their products.

    The rest of my arguments are poor? Huh? The iPhone proves that consumers respond to a well built, good looking phone with a centralised App Store…even Stephen Elop himself said so!

    The Xperia Play is neither good looking, nor does it have a centralised store, because Sony are going to run their PlayStation Store, and well as have games on the Android Market. If you do some quick reading up, you’ll see how confusing it’s already becoming.

    I want this phone to be a success, but it just isn’t. It’s too confusing, it’s ugly and it’s going nowhere.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Doz12

    Erthazus to be fair his arguemnt doesnt make any sense so its a fair enough come back by geki

    Have i missed something but i thought android is becoming the most popular system for phones nowadays, so how is having android a bad thing???

    Ethazus the iphne is only any good because it has an apple on its cover if it was nokia or something it wouldnt do half as well, people just love to fuck apple for some reason! take the ipad for example the only reason that sold was because its apple!

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Erthazus

    “take the ipad for example the only reason that sold was because its apple!”

    Yeah, i agree.

    “Have i missed something but i thought android is becoming the most popular system for phones nowadays, so how is having android a bad thing???”

    Most popular, not always the best one.

    “Ethazus the iphne is only any good because it has an apple on its cover if it was nokia or something it wouldnt do half as well”

    iPhone is good for a different reason. From specs to design it’s good, except i don’t like that it is overpriced.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Doz12

    “iPhone is good for a different reason. From specs to design it’s good, except i don’t like that it is overpriced.”

    Ive heard a few people say phone calls can sometimes be a bit crap which for a phone is the first spec i look at.

    “Most popular, not always the best one.”

    Bit like COD then yet that makes shit loads of money!! So the phone might be succesful especially if it undercuts the iphone price!

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Gekidami

    The only thing the iPhone proves is that people will buy anything at any price if its marketed as the second coming. From then on just having the Apple symbol sells their stuff, not the look, not the quality, not the accessibility.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. DrDamn

    So can this thing play PSP games as well as PSOne? It’s an interesting proposition because you are getting the full Android experience too. I think the PSOne link is a bit too backward looking though.

    “Windows Phone 7 is just an iPhone shitty knockoff”

    It may not be a complete and decent mobile OS yet, its lacking in a number of areas and features. It’s really not a iOS shitty knockoff though. To it’s credit it actually tries to take a different approach – foolishly in some areas.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Erthazus

    @Gekidami, even if it is overpriced, it is still the best smartphone on the market.

    Best smartphone on the market will cost a lot always. Sony did this the same when they launched Cybershot series which were at that time VERY impressive.

    Now, Sony Ericsson is a PILE of donkey shit that lose money every year.

    @DrDamn, PSP Games? Probably not. PsOne? Yeap.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. DrDamn

    Crash Bandicoot is confirmed as the PSone title include with the phone. See Engadget.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. dandan123

    does it launch in the U.K in march too ?

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Crysis check this out before judging it’s gaming capabilities.
    Also I think some of you are being overly critical on the phones looks, just close it up & it’s not a bad looking phone.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. Brenna Hillier

    I’ve added a video of the presser and a Sony Ericsson promo to the article, along with some quotable quotes.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Erthazus add this commercial :D

    Xperia Play, killing pedestrians since 2011 (c)

    @Crysis, it’s just… a promo trailer.
    Specs are already all over the internet. Last Generation Snapdragon 1Ghz processor, optimized with enhanced graphical processor unit – the Adreno 205

    I can guarantee you that playing games on that thing will be not as the same xperience if you are going to play them on the iPhone.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Crysis

    I know the specs aren’t revolutionary, but it has the one thing that’s been holding back smartphone gamers: The controls! Using a touch screen as a controller is plain awful, I admit that it’s weird that they’re using 2 touchpads instead of analog nubs though, guess we won’t know how well it’ll go til we get try it ourselves.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. Hybridpsycho

    @ Erthazus

    Implying iPhone is the best Smartphone on the market, lol…how cute ^^

    It’s only good if you Jailbreak it and unlock all the features Apple don’t want you to have, the ones that are default on other phones.

    PS: I own an iPhone.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Patrick Garratt

    The article should be complete now. Tech specs, all vids and official photography added.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Crysis

    It’s a nice looking phone while closed & it’s got physical controls if i feel like a game, I’d imagine future portable consoles will be absorbed into phones, just like FM radio, mp3/4 players, cameras, calculators & many other gadgets, although in saying this, I better clarify before i get flamed that most these gadgets aren’t necessarily redundant yet, like a phone isn’t the best alternative to a camera but it can do what you need it to do.
    On a side note, I’m curious to know how the Scorpion ARMv7 fares against the iPhone 4′s Apple A4, anyone know?

    #44 4 years ago
  45. Patrick Garratt

    To be honest, this is pretty attractive to me. I’m in the market for an Android phone at the moment. I was going to go for the HTC handset with the hard keypad, but this has definitely made me think again.

    #45 4 years ago
  46. Kuwabara

    just bought a psp, so no thanks :P looks cool though

    #46 4 years ago
  47. Joe Anderson

    I’m waiting for NGP, spent too much on iphone apps to dump it now. I also think my iphone is awesome. NGP will suit my gaming needs, unless of course an NGP phone comes out, then apple can kiss my ass.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. Crysis

    @47, 3G model will likely be hacked to make phone calls, as long as it has a mic & a you have a sim card I don’t see the problem, The sim card I have in my mobile right now is a 2 in 1 card, it’s been designed to snap off & be used in things like an iPad, although I would have no idea what i would do if I accidentally snapped it & had nowhere to put it :P

    #48 4 years ago
  49. Crysis

    Fuck, my phone just died, guess that gives me a legitimate reason to upgrade, now I just need to find a temporary phone in the mean time, lord knows how long it’ll take for my current phone to get repaired, last phone I had took ages then fucked up mere days later…

    #49 4 years ago
  50. Len

    @Pat: Same boat here, am waiting till I move to NY next week but will be looking to get a new Android phone and now this has thrown a right spanner in the works! Was looking at the Google phone and the HTC’s as well…

    #50 4 years ago
  51. Monk

    It`s buy for me !
    And totally agree with Crysis, it has a button to play !

    #51 4 years ago
  52. ThePenta

    iPhone pwns all

    #52 4 years ago
  53. Nozz

    One word: Buttons.


    #53 4 years ago
  54. LeD

    This has ‘FAIL’ written all over it. I can’t see how it will fit in with the Apple iOS platforms on the one hand, and the proper portable gaming devices such as 3DS and NGP.

    #54 4 years ago
  55. Hellequin


    As sony said, Xperia Play do not compete with NGP, and this is totally true. To me, Xperia Play has no appeal, i preffer the tradicional game console made ONLY for games. But a lot of people asked for a mobile version of PSP, so here is. Its just options.

    #55 4 years ago
  56. Crysis

    The Xperia Play is marketed at teens, & to be honest, I think the concept of a mobile with a good game selection & great controls is a great idea, it just needs to be executed right (unlike the N-gage).
    So far they have both the controls & appearance right & Android has the functionality right, all we need is for Sony & it’s partners to deliver it a steady stream of content.

    #56 4 years ago
  57. Blerk

    Having to rebuy the PSN games you already bought for PS3 and PSP is a bit shit. Couldn’t they have sorted that out?

    #57 4 years ago
  58. Crysis

    Wonder if you’ll need a credit card details to buy the games or if mobile credit will cover it…

    #58 4 years ago

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