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SoneyEricsson Xperia Play

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 April, 2011, 12:00am

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There are a lot of smartphones out there, but none will play games quite like the new SonyEricsson Xperia Play, which combines the latest Android OS from Google with the Sony PlayStation.

While the Xperia Play might look like any other smartphone with its 4-inch multi-touch screen, it transforms into a full-featured portable gamer when you slide out the control pad. This pad features not only a full-size PlayStation controller, but also an analogue touchpad for in-game movements.

Powered by a 1GHz chip from Qualcomm, and a dedicated graphics processor from Adreno, SonyEricsson says the Xperia Play will support high-definition gaming, including 3D titles, at 60 frames per second.

Rather than supporting dedicated game media, the phone requires that you download all your games to the Xperia Play. The good news is that it will play existing PSP games as well as so-called 'legendary PlayStation One' titles, a number of which will be downloaded exclusively for Xperia Play users from the Android marketplace.

The Xperia Play also represents a new category of devices dubbed 'PlayStation Certified', which will be supported by a dedicated online store called PlayStation Suite. You can also download all the games and applications that run on the Android platform.

You also get a 5.1-megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front for video calls, as well as instant access to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The Xperia Play is listed at HK$6,880 for pre-orders.

Pros: a portable gamer plus smartphone, Android 2.3 platform, dedicated graphics chip

Cons: need to download games again, expensive