Sony Ericsson Xperia Play: Retro Android Game Phone

Sony Ericsson lifted a page from Nokia’s playbook by announcing their game focused phone.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (update: video and full spec sheet!) (Engadget)

It features a 4-inch 854×480 pixel display. This means it is no larger than the largest (with the exception of the 5-inch Dell Streak) current generation Android phones. It will, however, launch with Android oS 2.3 (Gingerbread). As you might expect, its slideout game controller looks a lot like the controllers for its game consoles except that the controls are all flattened. Despite the resemblance to the console controllers or even the Sony PSP, I suspect gamers will require a bit of relearning when migrating to the Xperia Play’s controls.

The controls do, however, look more playable than Nokia’s earlier attempt to product a game-focused phone – the N-Gage, launched in October 2003, can be seen in the photo to the left under the Experia Play.