PlayStation phone named Xperia Play, previewed early

By Matthew ยท 11 replies
Jan 26, 2011
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  1. Engadget has published an exclusive preview of Sony's upcoming PlayStation Phone, which is due to appear at next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Reportedly named "Xperia Play", the device features a four-inch 854x480 multitouch screen that slides up to reveal PlayStation-esque controls. Gaming buttons include a D-pad, four action buttons (triangle, circle, square and x), two shoulder buttons, and two circular touchpads that serve as analog sticks.

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  2. CamaroMullet

    CamaroMullet TS Rookie Posts: 93

    oooooooo, I want one!
  3. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Wow. For a phone meant for gaming those specifications are just TERRIBLE. Plus a camera that doesn't even do 720p? Give me a break.
  4. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    Wow. Hater. The screen is 854x480 pixels, so you don't need a freakin quad core in there. The article says it performs like the Tegra2. And what are you taking video of with your phone that is so important you need it to be 720p? 800x480 is fine for YouTube or whatever, and if you need more here's a novel idea: bring a digital camcorder with...
  5. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    It's nice to know you registered just to show how you don't know how fast mobile tech is progressing. The point is the phone is going to perform well below other phones on the market. It's a last generation phone already. If you had read the endgadget article you would know it got NEAR the tegra 2 in 1 benchmark. For 854x480 the tegra 2 will be superior for real world performance.
  6. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Booster Posts: 323   +8

    In a word... novelty.
  7. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Well, those touch-pad 'joysticks' are a let-down. Similar type of stuff on iPod/phone games. It doesn't spring back when you release pressure, way too hard to play with them.
  8. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Sometimes I just wonder what's the thought process behind the manufacturing of these products. This thing fails so much it's painful to know there are going to be folks buying this while other more capable smartphones already are being released.
  9. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,385   +172

    @Princeton (and others), most techies just fail to grasp such products. They think that hardware power is the only measure of a product. When a new underpowered product arrives, there are tons of comments about how it's worthless and nobody would want it. That happened to Netbooks, the iPad, the Wii, and probably other hugely successful products. Of the previous generation of handhelds the winner was the Nintendo DS, which is vastly underpowered compared to PSP.

    Remember also that the phones which surpass this spec are in the $500-$1000 range. Hopefully the Xperia Play will be significantly under that.
  10. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    The D-pad and other buttons look like they're manufactured from thin plastic. I wonder how they'll stand to up a moderate amount of gaming. In my opinion, it also looks rather plain looking for a gaming phone.
  11. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    There are two things wrong with your comment.

    1. "...there are tons of comments about how it's worthless and nobody would want it." Nobody said nobody would want it. You must have commented in the wrong article, or website for that matter.

    2."...the phones which surpass this spec are in the $500-$1000 range." That's not true. When we talk price, we talk carrier-based price, not unlocked. This phone falls easily in the 100-200 carrier price, and 400-500 unlocked. And as of now, neither carrier nor unlocked price has been unveiled, so your assumption is as (or more) incorrect as your earlier sentence, which again leads me to believe you must have commented in the wrong article, website, or world for that matter.

    The main thing being discussed here is that the phone is underpowered for what it's aimed to do. And it's not about being techie or non-techie; it's about facts. The question that arises here is, why if there are already superior smartphones (not aimed at gaming), Sony creates a device (aimed at gaming) that's underpowered in comparison? And don't even get me started on the mediocre battery life.
  12. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Thank you lawfer. You seem to be the only person who is actually READING my statements.

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