The wait is finally over and details have started to flow in. After months of speculation, Sony had finally confirmed a Playstation powered phone during the superbowls earlier this month and yesterday, in a special press event confirmed specific details about the new smartphone.
Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg took the stage at the Barcelona conference to announce a March release date for the device, which the company calls it the “world’s first ever Playstation-certified device”, meaning there will be more and most likely from other manufacturers. The phone was confirmed to sport Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Playstation big boss Kaz Hirai was also in attendance and talked about the Playstation Suite and Playstation Certification program unveiled during the NGP announcement, which will enable Android devices to feature Playstation content.
He confirmed that content from the Playstation Store will go live near the end of the year, however the Xperia Play will be loaded with games and one “legendary” PS One game, now confirmed to be Crash Bandicoot.
Over 20 publishers have signed up to put in support, such as EA, Gameloft (but of course!), and Glu Mobile. Sony said over 50 titles will be available at launch with games like Guitar Hero, Dead Space, FIFA, Assassin’s Creed confirmed.
The US will get it first on Verizon, no launch dates for the MENA region was mentioned.
In a promotional video, Sony Ericsson product manager Aaron Duke aim at the flood of touch screen games on the iOS saying “We don’t want you to have to play just touchscreen Angry Birds the entire time, we want you to play true console quality games.”
“This is a mobile device that can really stand up to rowdiness,” he added. “You really expect a lot out of your game controller, oftentimes you’re just beating the crap out of it. … You need a certain sturdiness to a game controller in order to beat the crap out of it and play the kind of games we want the end user to play.”
Oh don’t worry randy, the ‘rowdiness’ will surely be put to test I am sure.