Sony Ericsson has cemented its love for the Playstation, in a partnership which will have gaming geeks falling head over heels.
It's announced the Xperia Play at the Mobile World Congress, an Android based smartphone, which combines gaming capabilities. This has been done through a slide out game pad, which has two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four PlayStation icons: circle, cross, square and triangle.
Qualcomm has also joined the party, providing its Snapdragon processor with a 1Ghz CPU and embedded Adreno GPU graphics processor, which Sony Ericsson claims will give users "60fps play-back 3D mobile gaming and web browsing with minimal power consumption." This of course means that in theory the battery life should last.
Users can access and download games through a pre-loaded app and Ericsson also claims that titles "have been optimised for game play" on the phone. The company has also begun relationships with EA to bring the a multiplayer version of FIFA 10 for mobile to the device, while GLU Mobile/Activision will be bringing Guitar Hero into the mix.
Gameloft’s titles include Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell.
As well as gaming there's also a five megapixel camera, and a 4 inch multi-touch screen.
And of course the launch has got Ericsson's partners gushing: Andy Rubin, Vice President of Engineering at Google, said "Xperia Play and PlayStation Certified gaming are great examples of the kind of innovation that’s possible in the open Android ecosystem."
Michel Guillemot, president at Gameloft, went one better claiming: “We are pleased to partner with Sony Ericsson to offer a catalogue of 10 of our best-selling games at launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.
“My vision since the creation of Gameloft was to turn video games into a true mass market form of entertainment. This vision is realized with the launch of Xperia Play, which combines a perfect smartphone for daily use as well as a real game controller to provide the best gaming experience ever seen on a mobile phone. Gameloft will support the launch with more than 20 titles over the next 6 months that will take full advantage of the power of this device.”
Pass us the sick bucket.
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