A Hands-On Tour Of The PlayStation Phone

You've seen the blurry photos, the clearer photos, and the videos of the Xperia Play 'PlayStation Phone' in action. Now Engadget's gotten their hands on the real thing, and they've put it through its gaming paces.

The prototype Xperia Play that's been floating around China is now in the hands of gadget website Engadget, and they've spent the past several days putting it through its paces. They've detailed everything from the battery life to the feel of the buttons on their fingers, detailing the phone's specs and performance like never before.

Of course what we're mainly concerned about here is the gaming. How does it play?

Since we have little experience with the PSP Go, we asked a good friend of ours to compare his experience on our Xperia Play with his 50 to 100 hours of play time on his PSP Go. Interestingly, one of his first reactions was that the phone is less well balanced than the bottom-heavy PSP Go, and then he noted that the shoulder buttons could do with more depth, but this would obviously require a thicker body. That said, we both agree that the Xperia Play is still comfortable to hold, and also it has a better build quality than the PSP Go. We also noticed that the screen can be wiggled gently when closed (such phenomenon is commonly known as the "oreo effect" amongst Palm Pre users), but it's nothing major.

There were no games available for the system, but that's nothing a couple of emulators wouldn't fix.
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Hit up the link below for Engadget's full run down of the device formerly known as the PlayStation Phone, and be sure to tune in later tonight for more portable PlayStation news direct from Japan.

Exclusive: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (PlayStation Phone) preview [Engadget]