Introducing Xperia Play the worlds first playstation certified smartphone

XperiaTM PLAY combines a PlayStation-quality gaming experience with the very latest Android smartphone technology. Super fast graphics and dedicated game controls deliver the ultimate smartphone gaming experience from March 2011 Sony Computer Entertainment and leading game publishers provide top titles from launch –available to download from the AndroidTM Market.

Sony Ericsson announced the game changing XperiaTM PLAY, the latest phone in its XperiaTM range of Android based smartphones. XperiaTM PLAY delivers the smartphone functionality that the most serious power users could need, teamed with the immersive gaming experience that any gamer would want.

In portrait mode, the Android smartphone offers all the benefits that users have come to expect from Sony Ericsson’s existing range of XperiaTM smartphones with best-in-class entertainment experiences, a great 5 megapixel camera, a brilliant 4” multi-touch screen and great social networking features.

However, slide out the gaming control and users enter a new world of immersive mobile gaming. The slide out game pad reveals a digital D pad, two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four PlayStation icons: circle, cross, square and triangle. Qualcomm’s optimized Snapdragon processor with a 1Ghz CPU and embedded Adreno GPU graphics processor deliver silky smooth 60fps play-back 3D mobile gaming and Web browsing with minimal power consumption so Xperia PLAY users can enjoy long hours of battery life and game time.

Rikko Sakaguchi, Executive Vice President 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.

XperiaTM PLAY will run on Gingerbread (version 2.3), the latest version of Google’s AndroidTM platform. The XperiaTM PLAY will also be the first PlayStation Certified device. This means it will have access to PlayStation® game content provided through the PlayStation® Suite initiative, currently under development by Sony Computer Entertainment and due to launch later this calendar year.

Kazuo Hirai, President of Networked Products and Services Group at Sony Corporation said: “I am delighted to see Xperia PLAY as the first PlayStation Certified smartphone to hit the market. Xperia PLAY provides a unique consumer offering and is yet another example of great products and services coming to market that leverage Sony’s strong assets.”

Sony Ericsson has partnered with key publishers in the gaming industry to deliver a rich, vibrant ecosystem at launch and post launch with many leading new titles available via the AndroidTM Marketplace. Leading franchises coming to Xperia™ PLAY includes EA’s Need For Speed, Sims 3 and a world-first multiplayer version of FIFA 10 for mobile. GLU Mobile/Activision will be bringing Guitar Hero while Gameloft’s titles include Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell. Sony Ericsson is also partnering with Unity Technologies, using its award-winning development platform, to ensure a continuous flow of high quality 3D game titles.

Mr Sakaguchi continued: “The launch of Xperia PLAY could not have been possible without the close collaboration of both Google and Sony Computer Entertainment. The commitment of so many industry leading game publishers further demonstrates that Xperia PLAY will deliver on the long-held expectations from consumers the world over.”

XperiaTM PLAY and PlayStation Certified gaming are great examples of the kind of innovation that’s possible in the open Android ecosystem,” said Andy Rubin, Vice President of Engineering at Google. A pre-loaded application will enable users to easily discover and download titles that have been optimised for game play on Xperia PLAY, access recently played games and see information about the games they have downloaded. Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY will be available globally in selected markets from March 2011.

Xperia™ PLAY at a glance Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY

Camera

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

Music

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

Internet

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

Communication

  • 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,

Messaging

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

Design

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

Entertainment

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

Organiser

  • 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,

Connectivity

  • 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 The service is not available in all markets.

Screen

  • 16,777,216 colour TFT,
  • Capacitive multi-touch,
  • 4 inches,
  • 480 x 854 pixels (FWVGA)

Accessories

In-Box:
Xperia™ PLAY
Battery
Stereo portable handsfree
8GB microSD™ memory card
Charger
Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
User documentation

Facts

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
Talk time and networks

Networks
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*
Networks
UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
UMTS HSPA 900, 2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
CDMA2000®, cdmaOne, EVDO

Colour

Black
White

Source: Sony Ericsson