I reckon' if you're going to shell out the cash for one of the new Android Xperia's you might as well hold out for this if you're more into your gaming. Basically the Missus was eyeing up one of the new none gaming Xperia's as a potential new phone, but this might give her more bang for her buck since it does all the same things as a regular none pro Vivaz plus a lot more in also delivering portable gaming with something that gets pretty close to a full sized usable game controller for such a pocketable device.

It finally looks like all the build up has finally come to a head with the internet suddenly being lit up with solid specification details on the much anticipated Sony gaming phone the "Xperia play". Its going to be running the gingerbread variant of Android, but what we really want to know is what it brings to the table on the portable gaming front! From what I can gather there's been a little confusion as to what kinds of games it can actually run on it as many places seem to leave the details a little sketchy. Sorry to disappoint people but it won't in fact be able to handle PSP games as many were initially hoping, myself included, but hopefully they'll figure a way to get that working at some point. But then again I guess it doesn't really make sense for them to do that since the PSP's shelf life has yet to be extended with yet another new hardware/form factor  refresh.

Word has it that for gaming the Xperia Play has been tested to competently handle 70% of the games via PSone and GBA emulators (with the remainder reportedly presenting some problems) meaning there should still be plenty of decent on the go gaming potential from a reasonably  extensive back catalogue of games to keep yourself entertained. It looks like PSP fans will still need a separate device.

Basically it pretty much keeps inline with the whole spate of recent Android phones under the Sony stable but this obviously gives you some decent pocket sized on the go gaming to boot with what looks to be a very usable game controller. I can't think there would be that much more of a premium for one of these on a subsidised contract so it might be worth holding out for this to officially drop onto the market for general purchase.

For the design conscious there doesn't seem to have been much given up in terms of its looks in order to deliver its gaming functionality for it to stay very easy on the eye overall.  Usually such gaming hybrids usually means many of the more pleasing design elements having to be given up but overall its form factor and appearance stays pretty close to the Vivaz Pro which has a slide out qwerty keyboard instead of a game controller despite the obvious sights for practical reasons of usability as a portable handheld gaming device. For all those interested more in depth specifications can be found at the bottom past the pics.

GENERAL 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network: HSDPA 900 / 2100
Announced: Not officially announced yet


Dimensions: unconfirmed
Weight: unconfirmed

DISPLAY Type: LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size: 480 x 854 pixels, 4.2 inches

- Touch sensitive gaming controls
- PSP like gaming buttons
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off



Alert types: Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack: Yes
MEMORY Phonebook: Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records: Practically unlimited
Internal: 315 MB, 380 MB RAM user-available
Card slot: microSD, up to 32GB


WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
Bluetooth: Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port: No
USB: Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA: Primary 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Video: Yes, WVGA
Secondary camera: No



OS: Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
CPU: 1 GHz processor
GPU: Adreno 205
Messaging: SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser: WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Games: Yes
Colors: Black
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS support
Java: Via third party application

- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Digital compass
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,

YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk

- Facebook and Twitter integration
- Voice memo
- Predictive text input

BATTERY: Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh (BST-41)