It might have taken long enough for Sony Ericsson to admit that the Xperia Play (Playstation Phone) actually exists (longer than the whole PSPGo fiasco) but after “revealing” it during the Super Bowl, they have now provided a release date and carriers.
The phone will start shipping worldwide in March. In the US, Verizon will be the first carrier to get the phone. However, there are no pricing details as of yet. 50 games will be available at launch that have been optimized for the phone and apparently a “legendary” PS1 game will ship with it at launch. Who doesn’t want a phone with a free copy of Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus? (may not actually be said game). Unity technologies were thanked by Sony Ericsson for porting its Unity game engine to the phone and finally Battlefield, Assassin’s Creed, Dead Space and (Guitar Hero?) games have all been confirmed for the device. The phone runs the latest Android OS, Gingerbread (Android 2.3).
Personally I think depending on the price and gamepad, the Xperia Play could be a great little phone. Not only is it a capable Android phone but it’s appealing for the Playstation Suite and the fact it has a physical gamepad built in. It’ll be interesting to see how it gets treated though alongside the NGP.