Yesterday, we got tipped-off that Verizon would start sales of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play in the US on May 26. Today, the carrier has issued a statement confirming that leak, as well as announcing that pre-orders for the gaming-centric Android will start on May 19.
Gamers will find their Verizon Xperia Plays come loaded with a nice selection of titles to get them started, including Madden NFL 11, The Sims 3, and the original PlayStation version of Crash Bandicoot. Sony Ericsson has said that over sixty Play-enhanced titles – those taking advantage of its control scheme – will be available at launch time, so even if the pre-loaded games aren’t your cup of tea, there should still be a decent selection to choose from. Of course, you’ll still be able to access any old game from the Android Market, same as any other Gingerbread-powered Android.
The Xperia Play is powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon with Adreno 205 GPU, has a four-inch LCD, a five-megapixel main camera, and a front-facer for video chat. That front camera opens up some interesting gaming possibilities; could we see online games where you can watch your opponents in real-time?
Verizon’s price point for the Xperia Play is no surprise, at a hair under $200. Play-enhanced game prices vary; emulated original PlayStation games are going for about $6 in the Android Market right now.