Sony announces PlayStation phone price

Sony’s forthcoming gaming mobile the Xperia Play is set to appear in April, and word of its pricing has been revealed…

With Sony’s PlayStation expected to come out in April, further details about the device have gradually appeared. Like the company’s forthcoming NGP, the gaming mobile appears to have dropped the PlayStation moniker, and Sony are keen to push their machine as the Xperia Play instead.

Essentially a touch-screen smart phone with a slide-out control pad, the Xperia Play is, understandably, less powerful than Sony’s forthcoming NGP, with a 1GHz processor and a screen resolution of 854×480 pixels.

A total of five UK networks – Orange, T-Mobile, O2, Three Vodafone – have all announced that the Xperia will be available on their networks, while it’s thought that as many as 50 games will be available at launch, including Guitar Hero, Sims 3 and Assassin’s Creed. Further, the device will come pre-loaded with five games, one of which is said to be the PS1 platformer, Crash Bandicoot.

Finally, and most crucially, Sony has divulged a bit of a clue as to the Xperia’s UK RRP – in a European competition, in which winners can win one of the devices, it’s stated that the phone will sell for €499 (excluding VAT), and $400 in the US.

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At the current exchange rate, this equates to a UK price of around £419, which is considerably more than you’d expect for the forthcoming 3DS, but the going rate for a decent smartphone.

While not quite a svelte object of techno lust like the iPhone 4 – that slide-out pad inevitably adds to the device’s bulk – the Xperia’s range of PlayStation 1 titles and Android underpinnings may endear it to some gamers, though it’ll be interesting to see how it fares against rival mobiles, Nintendo’s imminent 3DS, and Sony’s own NGP, due out at the end of the year.

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