First Impressions of The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

This morning Sony Ericsson, with the launch of the Xperia Play, has called the media at Sony Style de Madrid store for present in society its hybrid between Android mobile phone and game console.

After one singular presentation starring the Union of heroes and villains in video games (a marketing campaign to promote the phone) have tested the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and check what is the spiritual successor to the N-Gage capable.


At a glance, and without the tray slid, the Xperia Play could well happen by a 10 X. Although the phone weighs 175 grams to hold it gives feeling of lightness and the playing, choosing slipped tray, is not anything heavy.

In the photo that heads this section you can see the size compared to a Google Nexus One but to be more precise, here you have the dimensions exact of the Xperia Play: 119 × 62 × 16 mm.

Xperia Play hardware

But we talked about it at the time we are going to refresh the memory. The Xperia Play has a processor 1 GHz Snapdragon and an Adreno 205 GPU. As for memory RAM the terminal account with 512 mb. Power more than enough, as we have seen in the presentation, to move competently the various games, menus, etc..

Xperia Play has a screen of 4-inch FWVGA LCD with LED backlight and a resolution of 480 × 854 pixels. Although it might be better should recognize that pretty good, at least indoors looks since we couldn’t do tests with natural light.

Game controls: the great asset of the Xperia Play

We are now to the great appeal, together with the catalogue of exclusive games, Xperia Play. As you know the mobile comes with some a slide-out tray controls, with the classical scheme of PlayStation to play. Whenever we got the tray, and are in the main menus, the catalog will appear in installed games in the mobile.

In regard to comfort It must be said that Sony Ericsson has done really well. The controls can be adapted perfectly to the feeling of take a remote control the console. The touch sticks they work really well. At the beginning the feeling is a bit strange but after making two or three movements, we were able to move us to our liking. Even so the pad is more comfortable.

The catalog of games

All the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play they come with several preloaded games. To wit: Bruce Lee, FIFA 10, Star Batallion, Sims 3, Tetris, Crash Bandicoot and can also download for free Asphalt 6. The prices of the games that will be coming out for the Xperia Play, whether in the Android Market or the PlayStation Store ranging between 5 and 10 euros.

We have been able to prove all the games that come pre-installed and feelings are really good. Bruce Lee, without being a Tekken, it is really entertaining and gameplay it is an experience that is only possible if we have physical checks.

FIFA 10 is perhaps the more loose title in terms of technical quality: the textures are very poor and although it goes well gameplay feels that it is a title that have fished to hurry and running to put it in series with the mobile.

But for me the title that found me more fun has been Crash Bandicoot. Perhaps nostalgia but it remains just as entertaining. The adaptation has been as is so the screen format is 4:3 and it leaves a somewhat cumbersome lateral black bands.

Conclusions after having tried the Xperia Play

The proposal It is risky. The challenge in a high-end phone market quite cornered position must add that Sony Ericsson has opted for an innovative, interesting format but with bad previous experiences. The sensations that he has left us the Xperia Play are really good and they make this phone an option to consider if we are going to play a lot with our Android.

There are some issues, such as the battery, that have been in the pipeline, in principle something it seems scarce, only 1500 mAh but the circumstances we have not seen their autonomy. In the future will make a in-depth analysis and we will see if Xperia Play It is to rise to the occasion.

Finally we leave you with a few pictures of the presentation and the Xperia Play.

See complete gallery» Xperia Play (12 photos)