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PlayStation Phone Hitting Verizon This Month

The wait is finally over, as the officially-sanctioned PlayStation phone -- Sony Ericsson's Xperia PLAY -- is arriving Stateside on the Big Red network (aka Verizon Wireless) May 26. The device will cost a surprisingly-low $199.99 with the custom 2-year ball and chain (contract), but come pre-loaded with seven tasty games.

As previously reported, the Xperia PLAY will come packed with a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon II CPU (read Netflix) and an Adreno 205 GPU. Other features include a 4-inch multi-touch display, a 5MP rear-facing camera and a VGA front-facing camera for video chatting, mobile hotspot capabilities (which will cost an additional fee), the slide-out PlayStation-themed gamepad and Google's tasty gingerbread-flavored OS, Android 2.3.

The big question, of course, is what the device will offer on the gaming front. According to Verizon, the seven pre-loaded games include Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior (Digital Legends), Asphalt 6: Adrenaline (Gameloft), The Sims 3 (EA), Star Battalion (Gameloft), Crash Bandicoot (Sony PlayStation) and Tetris (EA). V CAST Apps, which is typically just another tab in the Android Market, will supposedly play host to more than 50 additional (non-exclusive) games.

Additionally, with the launch of the PlayStation phone, Verizon is reaching out to developers to bring new content to the device. "The gaming experience can only get better as additional games are being created. Developers have the flexibility to focus on content and not worry about binary file sizes when submitting apps to V CAST Apps," the company said.

Interested developers can head here to learn more. Pre-orders for the Xperia PLAY will officially begin Thursday, May 19.

  • jgalecio
    Adreno 205!?! Really!?! That GPU came out with the Nexus One. Man this thing is going to flop graphics wise. Smooth move again Sony.
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  • rantoc
    You even get a car bumper with it - "Please haxx0r me not, plz!"
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  • dread_cthulhu
    sooooo... now they can hack the PSN and steal phone numbers too!
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  • kinggraves
    My prediction is that the whole PS Suite thing turns out like Nintendo's Virtual Console, with a fraction of the possible games out on that particular system. Meanwhile you can track down a PS emulator and play nearly every game for PS for absolutely free.

    It's a problem when a free product can beat your pay to play product. If they really want this idea to work, they need to get a full library for it at a quality that can BEAT what a pirate emulator can do. Sony's wannabe Mario and a bunch of no name titles, that's not gonna impress anyone. Playstation 1 has tons of quality titles that could have been used.

    This is of course putting aside all other legit reasons to not buy a Sony networked product right now
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  • astrotrain1000
    In my mind $200 plus a 2 year contract = ~$400 phone, which this is not. I'd consider paying $200 or free on contract. This would be great for playing emulators and ditching my psp.
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  • enforcer22
    kinggravesThis is of course putting aside all other legit reasons to not buy a Sony networked product right now
    Don't care. I don't buy sony anymore. Nice to see a gaming phone having lacking specs though. Might as well call it a business phone with a "joystick"

    astrotrain1000In my mind $200 plus a 2 year contract = ~$400 phone, which this is not. I'd consider paying $200 or free on contract. This would be great for playing emulators and ditching my psp.
    Don't forget the $30 a month data plan. Assuming your buying a smart phone for the first time to get this. If your used to smart phones this is however not an issue.
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  • eddieroolz
    Tried it out and it seemed decently smooth enough.
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  • fir_ser
    What's next, playstation tablet?
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