Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play debuts

Sony Ericsson has officially launched the XPERIA Play, its PlayStation gaming phone, at MWC 2011. As we've already seen well previewed, the XPERIA Play has a slide-out gaming keypad behind a 4-inch 854 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, and will come loaded with Sony Ericsson's own gaming download store. Sony Ericsson has also confirmed that the XPERIA Play will be coming to Verizon as the first US carrier, sometime this spring.

Power is courtesy of Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8255 CPU, paired with 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM, Adreno 205 graphics and a microSD card slot. There's also Bluetooth, WiFi, and a battery good for up to 5hrs 35mins of battery life.

Fifty games titles will be released at launch, from a total of 20 publishers, and Sony Ericsson is promising that titles already available on other Android phones may have extra content on the XPERIA Play. It'll launch first in March 2011, and we've heard Vodafone UK has already committed to carry the smartphone. No word on pricing at this stage.

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