MWC 2011 Verizon Sony Xperia Play: Official Specs & Release Date

At last, news has been announced of one of the biggest devices that will probably come out of this year, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play a.k.a. The “PlayStation Phone,” running on Verizon. News has been coming in thick and fast from the MWC 2011, of the specifications, release date and to add to the excitement a listing of games. Today’s official details have been a long time coming for many of us. Along with other sites, we started reporting on the device way back in August/September 2010.

Sketchy details emerged about a new hybrid mobile with gaming features, possibly running on Android 3.0 OS, by the name of the PlayStation Phone, which on appearance shared the same similarities as the BlackBerry Torch, size of the PSP Go and codenamed the Zeus. Subsequently news kept coming in, from a prototype tear down on a Chinese website, through to the guys over at Engadget having their very own prototype to play with.

Putting that period of time to one side, and concentrating on the hear and now, the Xperia will include a 4-inch 854 x 480 multi-touch LCD screen, along with Qualcomm Adreno 205 graphics, benefiting those of you who class yourselves as avid gamers. Users to the phone will enjoy up to 5 hours and 35 minutes of battery life just in a single game sitting with as Engadget reported, a PlayStation Certified controller.

In terms of OS, it will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and include a 1GHz Snapdragon processor with a possible quad-band GSM or CDMA, 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, Bluetooth, WiFi, stereo speakers along with Timescape UI layer.

To get you started the device will come preloaded with games like Asphalt 6, The Sims 3 and all time classic Tetris along with others. In addition to this, a catalogue of 50 extra titles will be available according to Sony. These will include the likes of Assassins Creed and Guitar Hero, although it has not been made official whether Sony will have sole exclusivity to some of these games, as Android may get in on the act.

Guys there’s not a lot of time to wait until its official launch, its been reported from the MWC of a date in March, with Europe retailers being the first, shortly followed by the U.S.

Have you been waiting for the launch of the Xperia Play? Tell us are you impressed by the spec listing? To find out more head on over to Engadget.