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Video: PlayStation Phone (XPERIA Play) gets demo’d in real world

We’ve seen what appears to be official product shots and a video in a dimly lit room. Now, we’re getting a fairly thorough hands-on session with the upcoming Sony PlayStation Phone. This is in broad daylight in the middle of a parking lot.

Likely to be sold as the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play, the so-called PSPhone being showcased in the demo video below looks to be in line with all the leaked shots and rumors that have filtered their way through the Internet. You get the gaming controls and a couple of touch-sensitive pads to replace the conventional thumbsticks of a Dualshock controller.

There are at least two things of note in this video. First, the XPERIA Play looks to be quite thick. It’s obviously not one of the thinnest phones on the market and it has the same characteristic “curve” in the back as, say, the Vivaz Pro. The beefier profile might actually be good for gaming, especially if there really are trigger buttons in place.

Second, you’ll notice at around the 0:50 mark of the video that the sliding mechanism seems to be a little on the stiffer side of things. From what I can see, it’s not spring-loaded and it’s possible that the two halves are being situated too close together. If you recall, this happened with the W580 years ago and it sometimes resulted in cracked keys. I hope that’s not the case here.

In any case, what do you think? Is this PSPhone going to dethrone iPhone as the gaming phone of choice?

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About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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  • Vonn

    Wow that looks pretty interesting… I wonder how the quality of the games would be like… Or if the PSPhone will actually have his own set of games… How much do u think this phone is gonna run my pocket?… Or what wireless carrier is gonna be compatible with it… I hope AT&T carries this… I have a jailbroken iphone4 so hopefully i can just swap sim cards and have both phones… Switch it up during the day… If i would make a cell phone gaming system…. I would have 2 headphone jacks installed… One sound for the phone and the other for the game… I would have a bluetooth earpiece so i can talk on the phone and have the sound of the game project out of the speakers of the phone… Def gonna get this when it comes out… Please post as soon as u kno more details and release date

  • mathewsmadness

    This product is very nice and interesting. I haven’t got one for myself, but I plan to have it soon. Nice video.

  • Lmathews

    This playstaion phone looks very interesting. Actually, I have seen it somewhere before but I didn’t know how it really functions. I like the video you provided, it helped me so much to understand more about this product.