The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play features a 4" FWVGA screen, but strangely is the only one of the newly announced devices not to pack a Reality display. Sony Ericsson says sacrifices were necessary if they were to get all the gaming potential they wanted in the little fella and obviously their latest display technology didn't make the cut.
And speaking of gaming potential - the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play is certainly the device with the best game controls we have seen. You get a D-pad, touchpad (plus, of course, an ample touchscreen) and action buttons.
Now we aren't particularly sure about the Adreno 205 GPU that's assisting the 1 GHz Scorpion CPU. We feel that a dedicated gaming device deserved a far superior GPU so it would be able to run more elaborate games. Still the ones demoed on the XPERIA Play at the Sony Ericsson event were all very cool and none of them had any issues whatsoever with the performance so we might be getting too picky.
Another great thing about the XPERIA Play is that it will have access to some great games (including Sony PS One titles).
We played a few very quick games on the XPERIA Play and they all seemed pretty enjoyable.
Sony Ericsson came up with a nice dock for the XPERIA Play - it's called Sony Ericsson DK300. Available as an accessory the thing will hit the shelves in black and white versions in March. There's no price mentioned yet, though.
Your Xperia Play automatically detects when you plug it in the dock and launches the desktop clock application.
The pre-MWC event wasn't enough for us so we headed to Sony Ericsson booth to play with the new gadgets for a second time. For starters we snapped a few more photos of the gaming smartphone:
We also learned a few interesting new facts about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.
That's all the stuff we know so far. Here is a thorough video demonstration from the Sony Ericsson's booth.
Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play might not be powered by some of the latest chipsets with dual-core processors, but it seems Sony Ericsson is on the way of creating a similar ecosystem like Apple's. It will be less restricted of course, but it should help the Play get a market niche of its own. And with the Sony's varied gaming partners this won't be so hard to accomplish.