Hands On: Xperia Play (aka PlayStation Phone)

Posted on November 9, 2011 by
Hands On: Xperia Play (aka PlayStation Phone)

Xperia Play Specs:

Weight: 6.2 oz (175g)
Size: 4.7 2.4 0.6 inches (119.0 62.0 16.0 mm)
Screen: 854 x 480 pixels / 4.0" 16,777,216 color TFT
Platform: Android 2.3
Memory Card Slot: microSD (up to 32GB)
RAM: 512MB
Video chat ready
Includes Bluetooth

Article by Jason Leyanna.

The Xperia Play, aka "PlayStation Phone" is a 4G Android phone and can play original PlayStation games with its touchpad. I was able to test out the phone for two weeks and it was preloaded with numerous games. The phone reminds me of the PSP Go in addition to its countless other features. The web browsing capabilities were very adept for the device as well. The Xperia Play is a phone, handheld gaming platform, music player, web browser and can be filled with countless applications.

The games that were preloaded on the Xperia Play were: Asphalt 6, Crash Bandicoot, Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave, Madden NFL 11, Star Battalion, TBloxx My City, and The Sims 3. Asphalt 6 was a decent racing game, it used the control pad to move the car and X as the accelerator. The graphics were decent on the 4 inch screen.

Crash Bandicoot for the PlayStation was also included on the phone when I received it. It reproduced the graphics and gameplay just like the original but on the Xperia Play's four inch screen. It also had a nice auto save feature built in so that if you exited or turned off the phone you could resume where you had left off.

The design of the Xperia Play is reminiscent of the PSP Go, except it has all the features of a smart phone as well. Both the PSP Go and Xperia Play slide up to reveal the gamepad for playing PlayStation games. The Xperia Play includes L and R buttons behind, when you slide up the screen. Stereo speakers are also included and it has great sound for such a small device. This is no surprise considering that Sony Ericsson is known for creating high-quality audio-producing devices. I could just imagine uploading my music library to the phone on its microSD card.

The touchscreen can be used as a QWERTY keyboard, either vertical or horizontally. It is very easy to use when horizontal and still functions fairly well when vertical, it just takes a little adjusting to. Facebook and Gmail can be synced on the Xperia Play. You can also browse the web even, with multiple tabs.

Overall, I am very impressed with the Xperia Play and wish I could have kept it longer. Sony Ericsson created a high quality device that allows you to play classic PlayStation games with the traditional controls while including everything else the modern Android smart-phones can handle in one small package. The Xperia Play is definitely worth consideration if you are in the market for a new phone.

Full Disclosure: Sony Ericsson provided an Xperia Play to test for two weeks.