Xperia Play Arrives In March with 50 Games, "Legendary" PSOne Title Pre-Installed

When Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play "PlayStation Phone" becomes available in March ("early spring" for Verizon) it will debut alongside 50 launch titles and come preloaded with what execs said was a "legendary" PlayStation One title. Updated.

Other confirmed features include local multiplayer and a wifi hostspot hosting feature for connected head to head gaming.

Really, though, no surprises here. It's a Sony Ericsson Xperia phone running Android 2.3 Gingerbread that will play PlayStation games (and others). Some of those games will be older titles with exclusive Xperia Play-only levels and upgrades.

Is this enough to deter gamers from purchasing the meaty PSP2 or the glasses-free 3DS? Definitely not, but the line between dedicated mobile gaming devices and smartphones grows ever blurrier, no?

Update: The pre-loaded title will be Crash Bandicoot, reports Engadget.

Our brothers at Kotaku have full specs and battery life (spoiler: 5.5 hours play time per charge). [Sony Ericsson Facebook Page, Engadget]