It will come pre-installed with six games: Star Battalion, FIFA 10, Madden NFL 11 and SIMS 3, Bruce Lee and Crash Bandicoot.
The Xperia PLAY heralds an attempt by Sony to bring a more traditional type of gaming to the mobile sphere, and an attempt to move their own PlayStation 1 back catalogue into the android space. So far, in other regions, sales of PlayStation certified titles haven't really taken off, but there's no doubt that the Xperia PLAY could appeal to folks in need of a more sophisticated mobile gaming experience.
The Xperia PLAY has access to over 200,000 apps via the Android marketplace, and features more than 60 games specific built to work with the unique Xperia PLAY control system.
“We believe that the Xperia PLAY is a game changer and now we’re able to provide Australia with the chance to make its own mind up,” said Brendan Johnston, Managing Director, Sony Ericsson Oceania, in a statement released this morning. “XperiaTM PLAY provides a first of its kind gaming experience on the latest version of Android. What more could you need or want?”
We don't have any pricing details as yet, but the phone will be available via Optus and Telstra. We've been informed that the phone will be available on Vodafone at some point in the future, but there is no timeline on precisely when that will occur.