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Sony Ericsson's PSP Phone Becomes Xperia Play

by Ben Reeves on Jan 26, 2011 at 09:00 AM

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Rumors about Sony Ericsson's PSP Phone have been circulating for so long now that it’s hard to even think about them as just rumors. The device is real, but are you going to want to toss out your old phone for one?

Engadget got its hands on an early prototype of the PSP Phone, which is now being called the Xperia Play, and the staff seemed pretty impressed with the unit so far. The phone has what you’d expect from a smartphone these days. The unit’s 4-inch multitouch 854 x 480 LCD produces a clear image with rich black levels, and the internal chipset clocked in speeds of up to 1GHz; coupled with an Adreno 205 GPU, the Xperia Play should offer up some impressive gaming diversions.

Speaking of games, Engadget didn’t have access to any of Xperia’s mobile apps, but since the device is powered by Android, it was able to download a few PlayStation and GBA emulators in order to play titles like Ridge Racer Revolution, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, Gundam Battle Assault 2, and Super Mario Bros. 4. An app called PlayStation Pocket also appeared on the phone, and that appears to be a simple managing tool for downloaded games.

We still don’t know any details regarding release or price, but with the Mobile World Congress convention starting Feb. 14, we’ll probably have more information in a few weeks.

Check out Engadget's emulation video below.