Playstation phone confirmed by Sony Ericsson – for sale in March

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Sony Ericsson has finally confirmed that it is preparing a Playstation phone – the Xperia Play.

The device will boast a four-inch multi-touch screen, providing up to five hours and 35 minutes of 3D gaming time. The phone will have a PlayStation-style controller with the standard PlayStation buttons. Available games will include Sims 3, FIFA 10, Splinter Cell, Tekken, and, supposedly, Guitar Hero.

‘The Xperia Play offers something refreshingly different amidst a sea of homogenous Android devices. Sony Ericsson needs to maximise its first-to-market advantage before the inevitable rush to join the PlayStation party,’ said Geoff Blaber, analyst at research firm CCS Insight told Reuters.

Presenting at the Mobile World Congress, Sony Ericsson also unveiled two other smartphone models based on Android software, adding that it plans to launch at least eight Android phones this year. Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg told Reuters the firm will focus increasingly on growth this year, after turning profitable in 2010.

The Xperia Play will be available from O2, Orange, T-Mobile, 3 and Vodafone.

ShinyJess