For all of you who agree that gaming on the Android has thus far been nothing to write about, there’s some good news at last. Sony Ericsson, has a ‘gaming smartphone’ in the works which will also revolutionize Google’s operating system (Android!) as you know it.
It is quite surprising that the company which thus far has not even got an Android 2.0 device to its name is working on a path-breaking gaming platform and a device which promises to help you get the best out of Android. But then, it’s a pleasant surprise isn’t it?
The device has been described as a hybrid of the Samsung Captivate and the PSP Go – which basically means that it is a landscape slider in terms of form factor and has game controls instead of the conventional QWERTY keypad.
Some snaps of the phone have also revealed that it is mostly black in color but has some silver highlights nonetheless. The game-pad is a mixture of white and silver. Though the device branded ‘Xperia’ for now, it is likely to carry the PlayStation tag as well. While these details may be considered sketchy at best, you may already have an idea of the potential that this device has.
The D-pad too has morphed into a ‘long touch pad’ instead of the small joystick. This will provide analog controls and also standard PSP buttons and shoulder buttons.
The gaming smartphone from Sony Ericsson will have a display which may range from 3.7 to 4.1 inches and should have WVGA resolution or better. A 5MP camera and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor are likely to be there, but this is yet to be confirmed.
And it’s a look into the software which will amaze you even further. The device will be running the Android 3.0 Gingerbread OS. There will be a phone-specific skin and the Android Market will have a new section for games. The games will be graphically as good as PSX or PSP games, which means that you will finally get 3D gaming on the Android.
These games will be initially available for this device though very soon after launch other devices should also be able to download the games. Titles such as God of War and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, will be available at the outset.
And when can you get your hands on this Sony Ericsson phone? Probably as early as October this year, but it may be delayed considering the scale of work being done. And when it is finally available, this PlayStation phone should create quite a ripple!