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.