When Can Aussies Play The Xperia PLAY?

The Xperia PLAY, previously known as the PlayStation Phone, made its debut at GDC this afternoon and will launch in the US towards the end of March, but what about the Australian release date? And what carriers will support it?

After a quick chat with a Sony Global Marketing Manager, we were informed that the Xperia PLAY would be rolled out in the US and Western Europe in March. Australians could expect to see the phone make its debut between May and June, and it will be available across all carriers - including Telstra, Vodafone and 3.

We also managed to spend a good 15 minutes going hands on with the Xperia and left feeling quite impressed. The d-pad felt crisp, if a little clicky, and the analogue touch pads were far more responsive than I expected. I found that I could precisely control movement - not to the extent of a regular analogue stick of course, but definitely more precise than your usual shoehorned touch controls.

As you'd expect, Sony are hoping for a large gamer uptake when it comes to the Experia PLAY, and that was reflected by the partnerships announced at the conference, announcing deals with Major League Gaming, Havok and Unity.

“At MLG, we aim to showcase the latest technology that will benefit our community of gamers,” said Sundance DiGiovanni, CEO, MLG. “XperiaTM PLAY is an amazing smartphone and a stellar gaming device bringing the best mobile capabilities to our audience.”

David Coghlan, Managing Director of Havok praised the device.

“As part of Havok’s overall support for the AndroidTM platform, we are very pleased to partner with Sony Ericsson to put the full power of the Havok product line into the hands of XperiaTM PLAY developers. We were extremely impressed by the performance of the XperiaTM PLAY and the ease with which we were able to port and optimise our technology to the platform. This will enable developers to use Havok technology to create cinematic, rich 3-D immersive games for AndroidTM smartphones with XperiaTM PLAY in the forefront.”

More as we get it.


Comments

    Xperia? ANDROID?

    This might work in my favour. I recently got a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10i, so I'm hoping that this results in a few apps and games being thrown our way too.

    Here's too hoping! :)

    So $49 cap? Damn I just got my HTC legend and this gets released.

    So we could be waiting up to 3 months? Ugh.

    No thanks, ill stick to 3DS:)

    Initially I was skeptical about this, but it's actually sounding quite appealing now. Pity I'm not off my current contract until November though :P

    The big question is though, how well does it function as a phone?

    Oh wow, I just looked up the specs of this phone and it's only got 400MB on board storage. It's expandable to 32MB with MicroSD but...damn, that's nothing, especially compared to my current phone that has 8GB plus the expansion capacity.

      you wont lose on this product. if you own the x 10 get rid of it the arc is a better up grade. i told my friend not to buy because i know sony was coming out with arc. she could of save that 400 bucks she spent the x 10 now she going to cry. i broke my phone i bought the first playstation phone the aino i knew sony was going upgrade their phone to the xperia play because aino got bad reveiws. but for the first in all the years in sony products history. i know they final put the heart and soul in their new products to make up for the bullshit they over the years. now they got to live up to it. or lose the last of their loyal consumers to iphone or black berry.

    I'd be interested to know the price, it better be cheaper than sticky taping a PSP to an android phone.

    Any idea how much it would cost outright to buy the handset?

      hey mate! When SE starts selling in Australia in the last quarter of the year pretty late!! It would be about $800 but If you imported from europe or India it would be minimum $670...the second gen of this if there is will be way better like the Iphone generations!!

    I've yet to dip a toe into the world of mobile phone gaming, so my technical knowledge is woefully inadequate. Would something like the "Predators" game from Angry Mob be available for this handset as well as Sony's offerings?

    I'll definitely give it a shot, probably through an instore demo, but there better be a good selection of games available (I'm hoping for Patapon, Loco Roco, Echochrome etc) it's going to stagnate like the psp did

    I used to own a x10. I used it for 5 months and its the biggest POS ever. Very poor battery life. Should have waited the extra week and got the iphone4 on my plan.

    Im happier now using my outdated nokia 6600 fold.

    I am quite interested in this, but any word that we can in fact tie it to our existing PSN accounts?

    Hearing that I couldn't even play my purchased Mini's on it killed a lot of my lust for the device.

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