Well well well, what do we have here? This device looks as if it is the Playstation Phone that never came to fruition. Sony was apparently out to show it still has some tricks up its sleeve back in 2010 by filing a patent for not one, but two sliders on its devices such as the Xperia Play. Many of you are wondering why in the world Sony would file a patent for two sliding keyboards. Basically, Sony was interested in creating a technology that allows for a separate gamepad and full QWERTY keyboard, so it filed for patent approval with the USPTO which is described as:
“A device comprising: an upper unit having a display screen thereon; a first slidable unit having a first keypad thereon, the first slidable unit being slidably connected to the upper unit on a side opposite the display screen, the first slidable unit being movable between a closed position in which the upper unit generally overlies the first keypad and an open position in which the first keypad is positioned generally adjacent the display screen; and a second slidable unit having a second keypad thereon, the second slidable unit being slidably connected to the upper unit and the first slidable unit; the second slidable unit being movable between a closed position in which the upper unit generally overlies the second keypad and an open position in which the second keypad is positioned generally adjacent the display screen”
It’s been a couple of months now since AT&T announced that they will be offering Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play 4G to their customers. Unfortunately, Big Red is currently the only carrier to sell the PlayStation phone in the US. A couple of weeks back, we told you that phone sales were “meeting expectations” according to Sony. Hopefully, by adding another release from AT&T, sales will exceed their expectations.
If you’re an AT&T customer and looking to switch teams, September 8th will be the day to get your game on. To help you stand out in the mobile gaming world, AT&T will be releasing a new flavor: “stealth blue”. Along with the color change, you will receive a multimedia dock, music cable, and games to keep you busy.
Games to be included:
- Dungeon Defenders Second Wave
- Asphalt 6 Adrenaline
- Star Battalion
- Madden NFL 11
- The Sims 3
- Tower Bloxx: My City
- Crash Bandicoot
Other than free accessories and a blue hue, the phone will adorn the same specs as the Verizon version with a $50 price tag on contract.
Last week at E3 was hectic, crazy, busy, frantic…and just plain fun! This week has been nearly as busy, so I apologize for the delay in getting coverage posted, but here goes the first of many E3-related posts! I got to spend some time with Stephen Sneeden of Sony Ericsson’s Product Marketing group, and he gave me a nice little intro to the Xperia Play, the much-talked-about “Playstation Phone.” We discussed the interface switching between game, and he demoed a few Xperia Play exclusive titles, as well as several that will be available on multiple platforms, but “optimized” for the Play. Full video after the break.
With E3 coming to us next week, we’re all pretty jittery and excited for all the wicked technology and games we’ll see. Sony will be there as well with their Xperia PLAY, and will be launching 20+ games for the Android gaming device that are sure to keep our hands moving for a while afterwards. The first out of the gate for game releases just prior to E3 however, will be Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard. That title will be available starting Friday to Xperia Play owners in Western Europe for free download, and we’re not sure whether North America will be extended the same deal.
Something to keep an eye out for is our own Senior Editor Michael Murphy, who’ll be in attendance at E3. You can keep up to date on all the goods by following us and Mike below.
Other games to be seen and launched at E3 for the Xperia PLAY are as follows;
First off, let me speak of this game Minecraft a bit. My son absolutely loves this game. I peer over his shoulder as he plays for hours after school on his Acer netbook, wondering what so great about it. You control a cubed avatar, and concentrate on building with blocks, anything you can think up, and all the while watching out for creepers, zombies, spiders, skeletons, ghasts (yes ghast not ghost, he says), wolves, and pigmen. So I can see how this game can be hours of fun, and addictive. I had to tap into the wealth of knowledge my 12yr old son has of this game, as i’ve not been able to play it personally.
Minecraft is in beta currently and playable online, via your browser, downloadable installation for your pc, and now mobile by way of Sony’s new Android device the Xperia Play aka Playstation Phone. The game will take advantage of the Xperia Play game pad layout, giving it that PSP feel. As far as we know right now the Minecraft Pocket Edition is only available on the Sony Xperia Play.
We told you about Verizon finally getting the Xperia PLAY on their network on May 26th, and now you can beat the line (and possibly stock) by ordering it online now until May 26th for $199.99 on a two year term. It comes with 7 pre-installed PlayStation titles to get you gaming as soon as you turn it on. The titles include;
- Madden NFL 11
- Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior
- Asphalt 6: Adrenaline
- The Sims 3
- Star Battalion
- Crash Bandicoot
Verizon, one of the last carriers to get the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, is finally bringing it home by launching pre-orders on Thursday May 19th for all, and available in stores Thursday May 26th 2011. You’ll be able to grab this for $199.99 with a 2 year contract, then you’ll be ready to hit some good ‘ol PSOne titles along with all the other titles available from the Xperia Section of the Android Market on top of the hundreds of thousands of already available Android apps.
Here’s a refresher on specs just in case:
- Gingerbread OS (2.3)
- HSDPA Technology
- Slide out PSP style gaming pad
- 4-Inch Multitouch 854 x 480 LCD
- 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon II processor
- 512MB of RAM
- 802.11n WiFi
- FM Receiver and Transmitter
- 5 Meg Camera With LED Flash
- VGA Front Facing Camera
Full Press release below.
Alright folks, it looks like Sony Ericsson has provided a much needed firmware update to address bugs spotted during Xperia Play testing just before its intended release on April 1st for O2′s network. If you were one of those sad customers who’s high hopes were shot down like a duck in Duck Hunt, fret not my friend. O2 has shed some light on the situation and says they’re back on track to receiving the device. No official word yet as to when exactly, but we suspect pretty soon. So, if you’re a hard core gamer and absolutely “need” this device, then just sit tight, it’s coming. Per O2′s blog Stuart Hibberd, head of testing for O2 has stated:
Since then we’ve received new software from Sony Ericsson which we’ve been testing here and, I’m happy to report, it has fixed a lot of the bugs that would have stopped our customers having a great experience when they use the PLAY. This is an important milestone for us and means the PLAY is nearly ready to go on sale.
Want to get an update when the device is ready? Head on over to O2′s “keep me updated” page and sign up. Don’t forget to let us know what you’re thinking in the comments below.
That’s right folks, it will only be a matter of days for the official release of the PlayStation phone, now that the FCC has finally approved the device. As we expected, the device is a CDMA version and still headed to Verizon Wireless. One worthy thing to note, however, and thanks to the break down on the internals by the FCC, the device will sport a SIM card slot. That could only mean one of two things. Either the device is a global phone and will support GSM frequencies over seas or the device is slated to work on Big Red’s LTE network. Im putting my money on the former. I think if this device was going to launch on LTE, we would have heard about it already or at least entertained a rumor or two.
In addition, I’m still hearing several mixed reviews regarding the devices ability to appeal to a specific demographic. Is the device hardcore enough for serious gamers? Or will the device fall through the cracks and be labeled as too bulky. We’re not sure if people are ready to replace their PSP’s just yet. In my opinion, I think the device will appeal to casual gamers and the young Gen Y’ers just fine. Only time will tell though. What’s your take on the device? Feel free to fire away in the comments below and don’t forget to keep checking back with Talk Android, as we continue to dig deep for an official release date. April 14th seems to be the latest to show up in the rumor mills. And if you want to check out some more facetime with the device, visit our hands on post here.
Well, well, well all you folks in the UK! The launch date has been announced for one of the most talked about phones to come out in the last few months, and March 31st is the day you can have one! That’s right, on Thursday March 31st, you should be able to grab one of these Xperia Play bad boys, pre-packed with six games, at any retailer or carrier in the UK according to Sony. Better late then never right?