Sony Ericsson Readies Android/Game Phone

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Atlanta - Sony Ericsson used a Super Bowl commercial to announce its intentions to offer a combination Android smartphone and portable game player called the Xperia Play, which features slide-from-the-side game controller.

 The commercial also put in an appearance on the company's

Facebook page

, where consumers could see a picture of the phone with a direction pad on the left and PlayStation-like control buttons on the right:  circle, X, triangle and square.

Details of the product and availability will be announced Feb. 13 during the Mobile World Congress wireless trade show in Barcelona, Spain.

The phone will likely leverage PlayStation Suite (PS Suite) software, recently announced by Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE), to bring "PlayStation quality" game play to Android 2.3-and-higher-based portable devices. The PS Suite will enable the playing of select PlayStation games.

SCE also said it would launch a PlayStation Certified license program for hardware manufacturers to ensure a consistent level of PlayStation quality across various devices. SCE also plans to open a PlayStation Store, where users will be able to download content, directly to Android-based portable devices.

SCE expects to offer the first PS Suite software during the current calendar year, starting with original PlayStation One classic games. PS Suite game will also be playable on SCE's planned NGP (Next Generation Portable), a dedicated portable game player due sometime this year at pricing that wasn't announced.


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