Well, it looks like the much-rumored PlayStation Phone is definitely coming soon, as we’ve seen multiple leaks of the device and these two videos show off some more of the hardware, which will likely be called the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.
The first video is a brief hardware overview of the Xperia Play at the local tech bastion, McDonald’s. It’s just a brief hardware tour and it’s what we expect from the PlayStation Phone: large touchscreen (about 4 inches), the standard four Android buttons and a slide-out game pad. It looks like we have the standard d-pad, four action buttons and two touch-sensitive “nubs” in the center which will probably be the equivalent of the analog sticks found on the PlayStation controllers.
The second video is more of the same but it emphasizes the shoulder buttons that will be useful when you’re playing with the game pad slid out. The user also dives a little into the Xperia Play software but I can’t gleam much out of this other than it is Android, which we already knew.
The Xperia Play is definitely real and it looks like this PlayStation Phone will be introduced in a few weeks at the Mobile World Congress show. The hardware looks nice enough but there are still many questions about the software and how the gaming aspect will work.
There is already a PlayStation app for Android and iOS but this just lets you augment your home gaming experience by bringing you access to your gaming trophies on the go. I’m sure once the phone launches, this may also be used to download games and play against others on the go.
So, what would you like to see out of the Xperia Play? Would you be disappointed if it’s just access to PlayStation 2 games? Will these games be coming to other Android phones? We’ll know all these answers shortly.