So the cat's out of the bag, the Playstation Phone exists, it functions, and it looks...interesting. The tech heads over on the Mobot side of the office took the tipping canoe down to Spain to check it out, as you can see in the video above, and they were pretty impressed by it.
Let's start off with the way it looks. The Xperia Play, at first glance, looks a little like a more angular PSPGo in many ways. But whilst the Go was a largely unnecessary, overpriced gadget that attempted to reanimate the leprous corpse that was the PSP, the Xperia Play represents something of a middle ground between mobile app-related gaming and a more traditional handheld console. It's a middle ground that's slowly going to become smaller and smaller as it becomes more and more crowded until the separation between the two is non-existent.
As Lewis suggested in his response to the preview, the Xperia Play might look to be a pretty nice bit of kit. It'll be sporting Android Gingerbread, come loaded with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and have an Adreno 205 running the graphics side of things:
In terms of software support, there’ll be around 50 games available at launch, with an as-yet-unconfirmed PSOne Classic. The PlayStation Phone has the backing of 20 developers, including Electronic Arts and Gameloft. On top of PlayStation Suite, the Xperia Play will also have access to apps on the Android Market.
Games are expected to sell for €3-7, which seems entirely reasonable. But how well do they actually run? [...] Games zip along at a smooth 60 frames per second. No complaints from me after a fairly lengthy session on Asphalt 6: Adrenaline.
That's an impressive start when it comes to the mobile market, but Lewis highlights the possibility that a high price point might well alienate a casual crowd and gear the device more towards hardcore gamers. Sony have suggested to press this week that they learned their mistakes from the PS3, but they were talking about the NGP. For the Xperia Play to have any kind of success it'll need to at least match the superlative iPhone 4 if not undercut it.Click here to read the rest of Matt's article...
Crack open the champagne, hug the person next to you, get utterly smashed and have a tattoo carved into your buttocks to commemorate the event! The HUKD Network has given birth to a new blog: Mobot. Boasting copious amounts of slick and shiny deals on mobile phones, bringing you breaking news on the latest goings-on in the mobile world, and dishing the dirt with no-holds-barred handset and app reviews. I can tell it's going to be a useful site...no more going drunk eBay-ing and stupidly buying two overpriced Omnias for me!
We've even pimped out our very own Jon Lester to chip in with a bunch of reviews for the likes of RAGE: Mutant Bash TV, Star Battalion and Galaxy on Fire 2 and you can expect the odd little crossover as the year goes on, with the mobile market becoming an increasingly important battlefield. Plus we love the little 'Mobotox' pun.