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Official: Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Headed to Verizon May 26 for $199

No surprises here, right?  DL readers already knew that the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY would be dropping on May 26, but it’s now officially official from Verizon.  The device will be $199 on 2-year contract, sports a 4″ screen, slideout gamepad, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, runs stock Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and will come loaded with 7 major gaming titles.

Pre-orders for the device will start on May 19 (Thursday) and will be available in stores on the 26.

So, who’s getting one?  

Verizon Wireless And Sony Ericsson Take Mobile Gaming To The Next Level With The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY

The World’s First PlayStation® Certified Smartphone Combines PlayStation®-Quality Gaming Experience with the Latest Android Smartphone Technology

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Take conference calls, send emails and win football’s biggest game, all on one device. The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY, exclusive for a limited time for Verizon Wireless, redefines mobile gaming by combining all the features customers expect from a fully-featured smartphone with the ultimate gaming experience.

Powered by Android 2.3, Gingerbread, the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY will come pre-loaded with seven game titles including, Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior (Digital Legends), Asphalt 6: Adrenaline (Gameloft), The Sims 3 (EA), Star Battalion (Gameloft), Crash Bandicoot (Sony Playstation) and Tetris. Customers can expand their video game library with more than 50 game titles available at launch for download via V CAST Apps. Customers easily become gamers with the slide out game pad revealing a directional keypad, dual analog touch joystick, two shoulder buttons and the four iconic PlayStation® symbol keys: circle, X, square and triangle.

Additional Features:

  • 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® II processor with Adreno 205 GPU
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • 4-inch multi-touch display
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • VGA front-facing camera for still shots and video chatting
  • Support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk, Google Search, Google Maps and access to more than 200,000 apps available to download from Android Market™
  • Mobile hotspot capability- share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices

Pricing and Availability

  • The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY will be available for pre-order online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning May 19, and in stores on May 26 for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia™ Play customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access and an unlimited smartphone data plan is $29.99 for monthly access.

Game Developers

  • The gaming experience can only get better as additional games are being created. Developers have the flexibility to focus on content and not worry about binary file sizes when submitting apps to V CAST Apps. Developers can visithttp://developer.verizon.com/play for additional information about game development for the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. To learn more about the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY, visit www.sonyericsson.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 104 million total wireless connections, including more than 88 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visitwww.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library atwww.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson celebrates its 10th year as a joint venture between Sony Corporation and Ericsson in October, 2011. Over the years the company has brought together the best communication technologies with superior entertainment user experiences to create its Xperia™ line of the ‘most entertaining smartphones’ in the mobile handset industry. With its global corporate functions in London, Sony Ericsson has sales and marketing operations in all major regions of the world, as well as manufacturing in China, and product development sites in China, Japan, Sweden and Silicon Valley, California. For more information, please visit:www.sonyericsson.com/press.


  • Anonymous

    Getting this ASAP – I’m a gamer and I’m not ashamed of it…emulators will be enough for me for awhile, but if something outstanding comes out, nothing will beat playing it with a true controller. There is a niche market for this phone of course, but at least its being served by someone, right?

  • Anonymous

     Can’t believe a damn controller gets gingerbread…

  • Anonymous

    3g and not 4g…. And this is supposed to be a gaming device. Obviously not an online gaming device. Android has a perfect opportunity to surpass ios in gaming. And they can do this with online gaming. Sadly the only online game I’ve seen so far is link 4 (connect 4) by playmesh

  • Jarreddanner506

    Still no news on the lg revolution? That’s the phone I want.

  • Michael

    the #1 question will be is…..will the battery be able to handle this?

  • its hard to look at this phone as anything BUT a gaming device but all gaming points aside the fact that its running stock gingerbread is great! motorola should take note and stop pretty much everything they are doing 

    • I’m sure it may look like stock Gingerbread, but in reality I’m sure there are some customizations deep inside to support the gamepad drivers, gaming DRM etc. I’ll wait for a dev to dig deep inside before calling it true vanilla Gingerbread. I’m sure Sony didn’t make it easy to simply rip the gaming platform out of the phone, which vanilla Gingerbread would allow, even if gamepad support had to be replaced with keyboard commands.

  • This phone only has a single-core Snapdragon processor and the screen is very poor. It is dimmish with marginal contrast even at the highest setting and in “normal” outdoor light is almost impossible to see compared to other phones. Battery also isn’t that great and the phone won’t last 24 hours with light use. It’s outdated before it’s even released, short of the gaming pad and stereo speakers. There are enough games in the android market, and psx4droid will run dumped psx games (that you own!) better than this can run them if you get a dual-core device.

    Not to mention, many of you are screaming for vanilla Android, of which this definitely is not. In fact, with all the customizations that Sony had to do to get this stuff running on Android, it will be very difficult or not even possible to run custom roms on this even if it doesn’t have a locked bootloader.

    I originally really wanted this phone when I heard it announced. I have a PSP Go and love it. The form factor is awesome. The more I thought about it, though, and with recently released / soon to come phones, even the hardcore gamer in me couldn’t legitimize getting this phone now. Common sense also kicked in that first and foremost this would be my communication device, and I’d rather have a slide-out keyboard than the gaming pad.

  • gertman

    I’m going to pre-order one!!!

  • Carmen Diva

     So excited 🙂 Taking my Droid Charge back and I am getting this phone!!

  • dvdxtreme

    Passing on this…Looks cool though, if you are still in high school.  

  • Anonymous

    This phone would be a contender if it had a little more muscle.  I just can’t bring myself to sign Verizon’s 2 year blood contract for a single core device.

    Also, no LTE.

  • Ryan

    Does anybody know the full retail price? Thanks 😉

  • Onelowchef

     Does this phone have hdmi port?

  • Luke0929

    I have tried it… it is a very cool phone.  It has several good games pre-installed… SIMS 3, Crash Bandicoot, etc… 

  • Buckgrad

    Uh… no.

  • Trophynuts

    that is cool it will have stock GB on it and not some krap sony skin slapped on top. 

  • holycrap

    I’d have to see it in Action, it would definitely be an upgrade from my OG Droid. 

  • Anonymous

    A PSP AND a phone in one? Sign me up! oh wait. I’m not 16 anymore lol. I now blast emails with my qwerty, not dragons with my d-pad.

    • Waknatious

       I have a 17yr old that’s due for a new device in June.  I wonder if he’d like this?  Seems like a good piece of gear from my research.  I know he play’s the hell outta Madden11.

      • Anonymous

         I get a phone to be used as a phone. I have a xbox 360 to play games like that on not a tiny 4 inch screen. I think this will be a good seller I just don’t see the point with psp’s and all that out why anyone would want a phone like this unless they are getting it solely to play games on and phone functionality comes second.

      • Anonymous

         I get a phone to be used as a phone. I have a xbox 360 to play games like that on not a tiny 4 inch screen. I think this will be a good seller I just don’t see the point with psp’s and all that out why anyone would want a phone like this unless they are getting it solely to play games on and phone functionality comes second.

        • Anonymous

          for most gamers I know, phone capability comes in at a distant second, if at all.  They prefer the type of communication that invovles a headset and yelling “headshot”   😛

  • i wanted this but they waited too long to release it. i had to get a new phone back in Feb…sigh. oh well maybe in 2 years i can get the Sony Xpheria Play 5 😉

  • Andrew Hewitt

     If that slideout gamepad were replaced with a slideout keyboard, I would actually probably get this.

    • holycrap

      …… the main selling point of the phone is the gamepad, this comment shouldn’t even be acknowledged…….

      • Andrew Hewitt

         Just an opinion, does that make you upset?

        • Mr. Joe

           Funk yeah. 

          But not as upset as you showing off your rank to a tech site.

    • Calculatorwatch

      The only thing I use my slide out keyboard for is my Game Gripper. So yeah, I vote gamepad. 

  • Interstellarmind

    yeah, i’ll wait until this comes out in a dual-core version. then i’m all over it. otherwise, this has great specs (and by great specs i mean VANILLA GB!!!!) 

  •  For a “gaming” phone you would’ve thought this would have had a Tegra 2 or other dual core processor.

  • Anonymous

     this is the link with all the info on the phone you guys are asking about. http://developer.verizon.com/play http://developer.verizon.com/play 

  •  Off Contract Price? Just wanting to see if Big Red is sticking with those lower prices we saw earlier this year.

  • Sam

     at this point i might get this just for stock gingerbread…

    • palomosan

      Tempted but I’ll wait for the second coming. 

  • Wakesk8er2383

     It needs more internal memory for apps!  Only 400mb!?  I came from an incredible and got a VZW Play from I/O and my app storage is already full and all the apps that can be on my SD card are there.  Other than that, battery life is better than my Incredible (w/ the Dinc using a 1750mA battery), 4″ display is gorgeous, and loving the game controls. It’s a little bulky but very sturdy and comfortable.  Other than the storage and the notification light being on the unlock button, love the phone!  Waiting for 2.3.4 for gtalk w/ voice!

    • Wakesk8er2383

       Forgot to mention, stock gingerbread = amazing.  No skin to slow the phone down!

      • Sean27030

         Please tell me you’ve put a PS emulator on this… would the game pad buttons be mapable to control an emulator like PSXfordroid?

        •  From what I have read, that is the case.

  • Ty

    Not me. Sony is too hackable.

    • Andrew Hewitt

      Isn’t.. that.. a good thing for us?

      • Wakesk8er2383

        I think he’s talking about the PSN service which was not a good situation.  But unlocked bootloaders are good 🙂 

      • Hamholla

        Not when you lose all of your personal data including credit card info… still pretty upset over the whole psn debacle.  

        • Guest111

           Shit happens. I work in IT security and a cyber attack can happen on anyone if the attackers know what they are doing and want it bad enough. Nothing is ever completely 100% secure.

          • That guy

             I do similar work. Whenever people as me “How can I make my computer the safest possible?”; I tell them  “The safest computer is one that is not connected to the internet and turned off.”

          • That guy


          • Anonymous

            thats why theres an “Edit” button

          • Mr. Joe

             There’s an edit button?

          • Jeremy Gentry

             although you guys are correct, the security vulnerability was something Sony knew about for a LONG time and didn’t do anything about it. overall the safest network is one that is “up to date”

          • Anonymous

             Sort of like a lot of the security issues with android that only the nexus phones got a patch to?

          • Anonymous

            There were reports stating they did have up to date servers. This is the internet we cant believe everything thats posted.  thats posted. 

  • Jerflash63

     this is so temping

  • T3lancer2007

    Next Gen or previous Gen snapdragon?

    • Anonymous

       Haven’t confirmed, but guessing it’s the same Snapdragon that’s in the TBolt.

      • Anonymous

        it has the Adreno 205 GPU so its second gen