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Liveblog: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Event

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Feb 13, 2011, 12:34 PM   by Rich Brome

We're live from the Sony Ericsson press conference at MWC, where they've promised to spill full details on the Xperia Play Android gaming phone.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:40 PM: That's a wrap! Look for our hands-on later today.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:39 PM: Going over the launch gaming titles, for the zillionth time.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:36 PM: Xperia Play coming to the US first, in "early spring", with Verizon Wireless. In March around the world.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:32 PM: Guitar Hero. Assasin's Creed. Dead Space. Reckless Racing, Fifa Mobile with multiplayer, Galaxy on Fire.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:31 PM: 50 game titles at launch, from 20 partners, including EA, Gameloft, and Glu.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:30 PM: Multi-player gaming.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:28 PM: "true HD" game graphics at 60 fps.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:26 PM: Revamped TimeScape. Built-in SE media player. Two cameras.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:25 PM: Only promising one game title preloaded - and available - on Xperia Play when it ships (until the Store launches.) Can that be right?

Feb 13, 2011, 1:24 PM: PlayStation Store with PlayStation content will be launching "by end of year".

Feb 13, 2011, 1:20 PM: Sony Ericsson's gaming work on Android is being contributed back to Google.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:19 PM: Better photo. They're just giving generic company history info now. (The back story behind Play, but nothing interesting.)

Feb 13, 2011, 1:17 PM: Not that you haven't seen it, but here's the photo anyway.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:16 PM: Xperia Play: slide-out gaming controls. Android Gingerbread. "PlayStation certified".

Feb 13, 2011, 1:14 PM: Here we go. Xperia Play.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:13 PM: The slider mechanism is also "smart", so that viewing an email, sliding it open starts a reply.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:13 PM: Unique split-screen email view lets you use as much of the screen for message vs. list as you like.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:11 PM: Xperia pro: side-slide keyboard, HD video capture, HDMI, "inspired by the Xperia Mini Pro". Easy messaging + multimedia.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:09 PM: Like the arc, you can use the remote on your Sony TV to browse through photos when the phone is connected to your Sony TV.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:09 PM: Demo time. You can create folders of apps on your home screen, using the same basic UI as an iPhone.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:07 PM: Like the arc, you can pinch the home screen to see all widgets grouped together.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:06 PM: Xepria Neo using the "latest" version of Android.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:05 PM: Xperia Neo: 8-megapixel camera, HD video camera, and HDMI.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:04 PM: Cathy Davis and Tony McNulte are on stage to do the product announcements.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:02 PM: Talking about the Xperia arc.

Feb 13, 2011, 1:02 PM: The CEO is starting his welcome and year-in-review comments.

Feb 13, 2011, 12:57 PM: The Sony Ericsson event starts in 5 minutes. Follow our liveblog for the play-by-"play".

Feb 13, 2011, 12:39 PM: We should be getting started in 5-20 minutes.

Feb 13, 2011, 12:36 PM: We're seated and ready to... play?

About the author, Rich Brome:

Editor in Chief Rich became fascinated with cell phones in 1999, creating mobile web sites for phones with tiny black-and-white displays and obsessing over new phone models. Realizing a need for better info about phones, he started Phone Scoop in 2001, and has been helming the site ever since. Rich has spent two decades researching and covering every detail of the phone industry, traveling the world to tour factories, interview CEOs, and get every last spec and photo Phone Scoop readers have come to expect. As an industry veteran, Rich is a respected voice on phone technology of the past, present, and future.


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Feb 13, 2011, 1:50 PM

Yeah ...

This phone looks amazing. Of course Verizon would get it. I wonder how many ATT customers are going to start a new contract just for the gaming aspect. As dumb as that would be, I wouldn't put it past anyone.
"Of course Verizon would get it"? Sony Ericsson, to this point, has been exclusive to GSM carriers. Everyone expected AT&T or T-Mobile to get this!
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