Today is apparently Xperiapalooza, with reveals galore at Sony’s event in Barcelona, Spain. In addition to Glu Mobile’s video, Sony has decided today is the day to release just about everything relating the Xperia Play (aka PSP Phone). In the trailers below, you can see some of the 50 release games including Assassin’s Creed, The Sims, FIFA, Guitar Hero and Dungeon Defenders. Of course, you can only see them each for about a second, but I must say the games look pretty damned impressive for a phone.
I don’t know if it’s the pounding techno in them or what, but these commercials have me pretty pumped up for the Xperia Play. You can catch them both after the jump.
If you don’t like numbers, you probably won’t like the rest of this post, so you can just stop reading at the end of this paragraph. The Xperia Play will be coming out in early spring, and the first carrier in the US will be Verizon. In the UK, all major networks will carry the device. There, those of you who don’t like numbers and specs are now dismissed.
Those of you still left will be interested to know that in addition to the trailers, carrier and release date, we’ve also learned the Xperia Play will have a battery life of over 5.5 hours of pure gaming time, and about 400 hours of standby battery life. That’s probably long enough to let you both game and use it as a phone, which is definitely a good thing considering the anemic battery life of some smartphones. The size seems reasonable enough for a phone, coming in at a hefty but not incredible 119 x 62 x 16 mm and weighing in at 175 grams. For comparison’s sake, this is about 80% thicker and 27% heavier than the iPhone, but about the same height and width.
Other features include a 5.1 MP camera, 4-inch multi-touch screen, 400 MB of on-board memory, and an 8 GB microSD card, which seems a little small for a device meant for gaming but of course you can always upgrade that later. The device will use the latest version of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) running on a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, allowing for 60 fps play-back. Right now it seems as if the PSP Phone’s specs live up to the hype, but the big question remains: will it sell?