Sony and AT&T Announce Xperia PLAY 4G Exclusive Partnership

Just a few months since the first PlayStation certified phone hit the market, the Xperia Play, Sony and AT&T have announced a new partnership to release the newest model of the phone – The Xperia PLAY 4G. This is only expected as more consumers are adopting the 4G way of life. Yeah, maybe a year or two ago if you had a 3G phone, you were the coolest kid on the block. But now, it just seems a bit slow compared to 4G. The upgraded version of the phone (previous version a Verizon exclusive) will feature:

  • The Xperia PLAY 4G, combining a PlayStation®-certified gaming device with the capabilities and portability of an Android smartphone, arrives in AT&T stores, and online on September 18 for $49.99 with a two-year agreement.
  • The Xperia PLAY 4G has dedicated gaming controls built into the phone through a slide out controller including directional keypad, dual analog touch joystick, two shoulder buttons and the four iconic PlayStation symbol keys: circle, X, square and triangle.
  • Running the Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) platform, the first PlayStation-certified smartphone in the world features a brilliant 4″ 480 x 854 screen and stereo speakers.

AT&T customers can choose the 4G-capable Xperia PLAY, offered in an exclusive “stealth blue” color.  The smartphone comes complete with bonus accessories such as the Sony Ericsson Multimedia Dock DK300 and MC100 music cable. In addition to providing a convenient charging station, the DK300 converts the Xperia PLAY’s screen to a large clock display, and the music cable lets you connect to external speakers (sold separately).

In addition, the device is pre-loaded with seven games, some of which are exclusive, at no additional cost including:

  • Dungeon Defenders™ Second Wave by Trendy Entertainment
  • Asphalt™ 6 Adrenaline by Gameloft
  • Star Battalion by Gameloft
  • Madden NFL™ 11 by Electronic Arts
  • The Sims™ 3 by Electronic Arts
  • Tower Bloxx™: My City by Digital Chocolate
  • Crash Bandicoot® by SCEA/Naughty Dog/Universal

AT&T customers will have access to 150 Xperia PLAY optimized games including Minecraft Pocket Edition, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Dead Space 2 for download and purchase through the “Get Games” recommender screen, easily accessible when you slide open the Xperia PLAY’s game controller.

Some of the specs on the phone are as follows:

  • Snapdragon chipset including a 1GHz CPU and Adreno 205 graphics processor (GPU)
  • Runs on the Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) platform
  • Sight and sound: 4″ 480 x 854 screen, up to 60 frames per second graphics, stereo speakers
  • Dual camera: 5MP rear and VGA forward-facing, with video recording and chat capabilities over Wi-Fi
  • Hundreds of Xperia PLAY optimized games through Android Market or directly from the publishers
  • Pre-loaded with seven Xperia PLAY optimized games (as seen in the list above) from publishers such as Gameloft and EA.

How will this newer version of the phone fare in comparison to the first one? One major note is that unlike the first release of the phone, (minus the price of the 2-year plan) it will not cost you $200 to get, rather $49.99. Could this possibly improve the adoption rate of this device?

This change also raises a question about Sony PlayStation’s Vita, which will launch early 2012 with a 3G model (also in an exclusive partnership with AT&T). 3G is gradually becoming obsolete. It would make a bit more sense to have a handheld for core gaming with faster network capabilities such as 4G. Will Sony launch a 4G-capable version of the Vita shortly after the 3G’s release like they are doing with the Xperia PLAY? Only time will tell.

Thoughts on the new version of the phone? And what about the PS Vita? Do you think a 4G could be planned for the future? Sound off in the comments below!

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3 Responses to “Sony and AT&T Announce Xperia PLAY 4G Exclusive Partnership”

  1. I bought an xperia Play and couldnt be any happier. Great all rounder gaming/phone device.

  2. 3G Obsolete?
    You should come and stay in Ireland for a while.
    We’re (supposed to be) a fairly wealthy country, and yet outside of the major cities and parts of the major towns, 3G is missing more often than there.

  3. if your selling that mobile,could i buy it?

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