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The Xperia Play is a
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smartphone
with elements of a
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handheld game console
produced by
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. With the marketshare for dedicated handheld
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diminishing into the 2010s due to the rapid expansion of
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smartphone
s with cheap downloadable games,
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Sony
attempted to tackle the issue with two separate devices; a dedicated video game console with elements of a smartphone, called the
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PlayStation Vita
, and a smartphone with elements of a handheld console, the Xperia Play. Originally rumored to be a "PlayStation Phone", the device shed the "PlayStation" branding in favor of the ''
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'' brand, running on the
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operating system. On February 13, 2011, at
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(MWC) 2011, it was announced that the device would be shipping globally in March 2011, with a launch lineup of around 50 software titles.


Hardware

The device is a horizontally sliding phone with its original form resembling the Xperia X10 while the slider below resembles the slider of the
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. The slider features a
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in an indented area on the left side, a set of standard PlayStation buttons (, , and ) in an indented area on the right, a long rectangular
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touchpad
in the middle, Start and Select buttons in an indented area on the bottom right corner, a Menu button on the bottom left corner, and two shoulder buttons (L and R) on the back of the device. The form has a long rectangular touchscreen, and four buttons below, for Back, Home, Menu, and Search. The device features a 1 
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processor, a Qualcomm Adreno 205 GPU, a TFT LCD display with a resolution of 854 × 480 (FWVGA) capable of 16,777,216 colors, a 5.1-megapixel camera, 512 MB
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, 400 MB internal storage and a micro-USB connector. It supports
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cards, in contrast to the PSP consoles, which use
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Memory Stick
variants, and the PlayStation Vita, which uses a custom, proprietary flash storage medium.


Software

The device runs on the operating system, with early prototypes running Android 2.2 "Froyo". The device is compatible with Android software downloaded from the
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Google Play
store, with some games featuring optimization for use with the device's additional gaming controls, including the video game streaming service
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PlayStation Mobile

The device is said to feature games graphically within the range of similar portable devices and plays these games via an application known as PlayStation Mobile. It changes the interface of the device from that of a phone to the
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, closely resembling that of the
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PlayStation Portable
. A dedicated section in
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Google Play
specifically for games for the system allowing users to download games on the go is also added. Titles shown off internally on the device include PSP games, such as ''
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'', as well as older
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games; there were also plans for future games incorporating augmented reality similar to Invizimals. The prices of the games were expected to be under US$10, considerably lower than the PlayStation Portable's price range of less than US$40 per game.


History


Development


Rumors

Reports of a PlayStation smartphone have existed as early as 2006 when
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filed a patent for a PlayStation Phone. Rumors of such a device resurfaced again in 2007 when a
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executive announced that they were developing a device for gaming, and plans to use the
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in its devices. In June 2007, head of
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, David Reeves, denied the existence of such a device saying that he had no knowledge of such a device being developed. During the 2007
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, Peter Ahnegard, an executive at Sony Ericsson, further fueled rumors of a PlayStation Phone, when asked about the device he said that "It's obviously something that we're looking at but right now I can't really comment". In the early 2008, the official Sony Magazine reported that "a new PSP-style phone is apparently in development". In early 2009, it was reported that plans for a PlayStation Phone has been cancelled as Sony were unwilling to license the PlayStation brand to Sony Ericsson unless Sony would produce the handset independently. This subsequently prompted a fallout between Sony and Sony Ericsson. In May 2009, rumors of such a device arose once again when then head of Sony Ericsson, Hideki Komiyama, told the ''
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'' in an interview that as part of his recovery plan for Sony Ericsson, he would like to combine the PlayStation brand with their phones similar to how they had created the
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Walkman
and
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Cyber-shot
lines of mobile phones. In June 2009,
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reported that Sony Ericsson were developing a "cellphone-game gear hybrid" as a competitor to Apple's
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, combining the functionality of a mobile phone and a handheld gaming device.


Images surface

In early 2010, the
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Wall Street Journal
reported that Sony was getting ready to release a smartphone able to download and play video games. The first solid details about the phone came via
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in August 2010, reporting many leaked details about the device including that it runs
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Android
, it is a sliding phone with a button configuration similar to the
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, with some technical specifications. Pictures of the device were leaked to the internet when Engadget released pictures of a prototype running Android 2.2, a
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like form factor with a touch pad and microSD card support. Several sites however, have questioned the legitimacy of the images of the device in question, though Engadget has rebuked these theories and shown their proven track record of leaked devices which include the
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, 2010
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and the
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Nexus One
. More images of the device were released by Engadget on October 29, 2010 showing the device running
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Android
2.2 Froyo and showing its model as "Zeus", it adds that there are several of these devices in internal testing stages with at least one device running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. A video showing the device in the wild in
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was leaked on December 1, 2010. It showed the device running Android 2.3, and reported that the device's final name would be the Sony Ericsson Z1 though this has not been confirmed by multiple sources. Two days later, more videos were leaked. They were far clearer, showing the device clearly, with a "PlayStation" icon on the phone which displays a
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-themed interface when selected. On January 5, 2011,
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published more photos of what seems to be the final design for the device as it bears both the PlayStation and Xperia brands which weren't on the prototypes. The day after, several other clearer photos and videos of the device was leaked revealing what seems to be its final design, specs, and its benchmark score of 59.1 frames per second. On January 10, 2011, a video showing the device playing original
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games was released. Though it is unclear whether the games were being played through official software or an
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of the original PlayStation console. On January 12, 2011 a Chinese website released pictures of what looked like the device disassembled with the parts spread out and the casing removed.


Official announcement

On February 6, 2011, Sony Ericsson created an event for the Xperia Play on their
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page. In late January or early February, a shortened version of an advert made for airing during the Super Bowl was leaked on several websites. On February 6, 2011, the device was officially announced with the broadcast of the version of this ad. On February 13, 2011 more details were released by Sony Ericsson.


Release

The phone was initially announced as having a March 2011 release timeframe. However, the final release date slipped into April 1, 2011, when the device was released in the UK, Ireland and Spain. On April 28, 2011, it was launched in Canada, exclusively to
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. The US launch was officially scheduled for Spring 2011, and while a time frame of mid-April was initially given, the device's launch was pushed back to May 26. In Indonesia, the device was launched on XL Axiatta network on July 29, 2011. On September 18, 2011, the Xperia Play 4G was released for AT&T, it features HSPA+ for faster speeds and it comes in a Stealth Blue color. In the US, the ''Xperia Play'' was initially available only on the
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network, until the release of the ''Xperia Play 4G'' on
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. In Mexico it was available through
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. In the , carriers O2,
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,
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,
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and
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have confirmed that they were to stock the handset. In Canada, the device was carried exclusively by
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.


Android updates

On September 8, 2011, Sony Ericsson confirmed that the Xperia Play, and all Xperia phones released in 2011, would receive an update to . However, on May 25, 2012, it was stated that following beta testing and discussions with developers, the Xperia Play would not receive an update to Android 4.0, citing stability concerns.


Emulation and homebrew

Since the Xperia Play runs on Android, the device may install apps for playing
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games. It is commonly used to run
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s for older game systems such as
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,
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,
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,
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SNES
,
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,
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,
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Nintendo DS
,
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, and many others.


See also

*
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* N-Gage *
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s


References


External links


Official website
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