Di­alling up fun

Sony Eric­s­son tests the wa­ter with its com­bined phone and PlayS­ta­tion, writes Joshua Grech

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games ported across to the Google An­droid plat­form.

Sony Eric­s­son has also en­sured An­droid-spe­cific ti­tles can be made avail­able for this phone, and more than 30 have al­ready be­come so. No game should cost more than $10 and the av­er­age game will be about $6.

It’s a rea­son­able start, but ques­tions linger about how ex­ist­ing PlayS­ta­tion gamers will be able to ac­cess con­tent they al­ready own and use on other Sony gam­ing prod­ucts.

Sep­a­rate to this de­bate is the phone side of things.

The Play uses the very lat­est ver­sion of Google’s soft­ware, An­droid Ginger­bread.

An­droid’s look and op­er­a­tion has been re­fined. It’s fast nd ex­tremely in­tu­itive.

The big ques­tion for the Xpe­ria Play is where does it fit? Sony Eric­s­son in­sists it is first and fore­most a phone, but say its point of dif­fer­ence is it be­ing a gam­ing de­vice.

With Sony’s PSP 2 (or Next Gen­er­a­tion Por­ta­ble) due out just months af­ter the Play’s mid-year re­lease, will the Xpe­ria Play live in the ded­i­cated por­ta­ble’s shadow? Phone fans will de­cide.

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