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O2 finally selling the PlayStation mobile phone

Mobile phone network O2 has taken stock of the Sony Ericsson ‘PSP’ Xperia Play, starting on tariffs that begin at £37 a month with an ability to play console compatible computer games.

O2 were one of the first networks to announce they will be carrying the Play, although they’re the last to list the handsets with problems reportedly sited around firmware issues.

The Sony Ericsson PlayStation Xperia Play mobile phone caught all the mass attention at Mobile World Congress this year, whilst being capable of playing PlayStation quality games.

It’s the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone, with a fast processor and dedicated slide-out game controls that’s backed by leading game publishers with a 4-inch 480x853 FWVGA capacitive touch screen, whilst being powered by a 1Ghz CPU with an embedded Adreno GPU graphics processor that’s capable of 60 frames per second.

The mobile also has a 5.1 megapixel camera with flash, whilst running from Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 with just over five and a half hours of game play from a single charge.

SE’s Xperia Play unique gaming ability comes from the gaming controls, which slides-out vertically from the phone with a digital D pad, with two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four familiar PlayStation icons which all provide the gaming functionality.

O2’s Sony Ericsson Xperia Play offering comes with a free docking station, on contracts starting from £37 a month , with 900 minutes, an unlimited text message bundle, with purchasable data allowances.

One Mobile Ring managed to obtain a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play ahead of the official launch this year, where we published a hands-on walk through in images here, a video briefing of the phone from the launch event here and an initial thoughts review here.

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.