Sony PlayStation Phone Previewed

...just don't tell Sony.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

Sony PlayStation Phone Previewed

The Sony PlayStation Phone has been one of the worst kept secrets in the gaming industry. Yet Sony still continues to deny its existence. Take for instance today’s Engadget hands-on preview of the device.

Are you still going to tell us this thing doesn’t exist, Sony?

The preview posted on Engadget does reveal some interesting tidbits about the less-than-elusive Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone. For starters, the device will be called the Xperia Play.

The specs of the device match up with earlier reports. The phone sports a 4-inch multitouch 854 x 480 LCD screen. There is a 1.2 Ghz processor found within, as well as an Adreno 205 GPU with 512 MBs of RAM. The phone also uses the Android "Gingerbread" operating system.

Engadget also points out a new feature to the device called "PlayStation Pocket." Odds are this is Sony’s mobile gaming platform. Think of it as an App store specifically made for downloadable games on the Xperia Play. However, the PlayStation Pocket market currently has no offerings, so Engadget wasn’t able to put it through its full paces.

Check out Engadget playing some games on the Xperia Play.

However, Engadget was able to download PlayStation and Super Nintendo emulators due to the phone running on Android’s operating system. The site tested out Ridge Racer Revolution, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4, Gundam Battle Assault 2 and Super Mario Bros. 4. All ran rather smoothly.

Finally, Engadget did point out that the unit they had in their possession was a prototype and subject to change.

Hopefully we hear more about the Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone soon. The Mobile World Congress is coming up next month. Maybe we’ll finally get the reveal we know is coming there.

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