CEO of phone maker Sony Ericsson said that The first “PlayStation phone” or Xperia Play is coming to Verizon Wireless in April. Recently unveiled Android based phone was one of most awaited Smartphones.
The Xperia Play phone features big touch screen and a pad that slides out to reveal control buttons similar to those on a Sony PlayStation Portable. It’s the first time Sony has allowed its PlayStation games to run on hardware not made by Sony. The license isn’t exclusive to Sony Ericsson, so other phone makers could follow, but Sony Ericsson will have a substantial head start.
Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg demonstrated the phone in Barcelona, a day ahead of the opening of the Mobile World Congress trade show there. He said he didn’t know what the phone will cost.
Verizon Wireless is the major carrier in US, but it hasn’t carried Sony Ericsson phones for several years. Last year, Sony Ericsson dropped the Symbian operating system, which is largely unknown in the U.S., in favor of Android, with the aim of penetrating the U.S. smart-phone market.