Sony popped the lid on the industry’s worst kept secret this afternoon, trotting out its Xperia Play Android phone at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. You probably know all there is to say about the device at this point, except for one little thing.
It’s not a PlayStation Phone. No, really. In fact you won’t find the PlayStation logo anywhere on the thing. It’s rather an Android “Gingerbread” slide-bottom phone (with PSP-style controls, admittedly a first) that can play PlayStation games.
Well, “PlayStation Certified” games, which means stuff developed using Sony’s recently announced PlayStation Suite, a library of game development tools intended to bring PlayStation software to a much broader array of mobile devices. In other words, Xperia Play is just the beginning.
As anticipated, Xperia Play features a 4-inch multitouch 854 by 480 pixel LCD screen, a Qualcomm MSM8655 chipset with a single core processor capable of clocking from 123MHz up to 1GHz, an Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB of RAM, dual cameras, and a slide-bottom gamepad with PSP-style controls to either side of an oblong touchpad accessed with your thumbs (think thumb-nubs without the nubs).
Games designed for the phone should look pretty sharp on this sort of hardware, though nothing like what’s coming with Sony’s NGP, which sports processing architecture several orders of magnitude more powerful.