The PlayStation Phone Gets a Full Preview

We've been hearing about a PlayStation Phone since August, with enough leaked video here and there to whet our appetite. But today, Engadget's got a full preview of what we now know as the Sony Xperia Play.

Engadget confirms that the phone will run Gingerbread underneath a 4-inch multitouch 854x480 LCD display. It appears to have a 1GHz processor of unknown provenance, a Adreno 205 GPU, and 512MB of RAM that put up some very impressive benchmark scores. That, combined with a better-than-decent 5MP camera and an interface that sounds modestly improved over the woeful Xperia X10, makes the Xperia play sound like it'll be a solid phone beyond any gaming considerations.

The physical buttons appear to be what you'd expect from any other Android phone: back, menu, home, and search are coupled with your standard power button and volume rocker. Of course, that's until you push the screen up to reveal the control pad.

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The PlayStation Phone Gets a Full Preview

The controls resemble the regular Dual-shock controller, except there's only one shoulder button per side instead of two. It apparently has some balance issues given the top-heavy display, although they were only able to run games off of emulators—we're still waiting for a native gaming experience.

And other than price, that's still the biggest lingering question. It's also the most important consideration overall: if the gaming's clunky, or too expensive, or glitchy, there won't be much reason for anyone to buy the Xperia Play. But if Sony Ericsson's managed to go where no n-Gage has gone before, this little handset could be a big evolution. [Engadget]