Microsoft already has a rival for any potential Xbox Nokia smartphone, as Sony Ericsson confirms its hotly-anticipated ‘PlayStation’ handset will hit shelves in March.
The smartphone – officially named the Xperia Play – runs on the Android platform and features Sony’s familiar PlayStation controls in a slide out form factor.
Gaming quality should be assured by a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, Adreno graphics processor, and a 3D display offering 60 frames per second.
The vendor has already lined up several well-known games titles for the device, including Need for Speed, Sims 3, and the world’s first multiplayer version of the FIFA 10 soccer game.
“The commitment of so many industry leading game publishers further demonstrates that Xperia Play will deliver on the long-held expectations from consumers the world over,” Rikko Sakaguchi, Sony Ericsson’s chief creation officer, noted.
Early feedback for the long-rumored device – launched on the eve of the Mobile World Congress – has been mixed, with some reporters praising the easy-to-use controls while some were disappointed the device only sports a 5.1 megapixel camera.
Sony Ericsson also unveiled the Xperia Pro device at the event, which also runs on Android and features a slide-out keyboard.