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Sony Ericsson XperiaTM PlayStation smartphone available in April

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Sony Ericsson XperiaTM PlayStation smartphone available in April

Kelly MacNeil February 15, 2011

Video gamers can look forward to Sony Ericsson's PlayStation smartphone, called the XperiaTM PLAY, which is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in April, according to CNN.

"Even if the dream has been there a long time, in the industry it's taken some time to get everyone there," Bert Nordberg, Sony Ericsson CEO and President, told the news source.

Sony's PlayStation smartphone will compete with Apple in the mobile gaming market, with games such as Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, Guitar Hero, Need For Speed, FIFA 10 and Sims 3.

"This phone is worth nothing without the game publishers and game companies, so to build all that takes time," explained Nordberg to the news source.

XperiaTM PLAY, unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, will run on Google Android and be offered in the U.S. through Verizon Wireless.

Following Verizon's highly-anticipated launch of the Apple iPhone 4 earlier in April, reviews have been positive but sales have been "lukewarm," according to Technorati. Timing, competition and the effort involved in switching from AT&T to Verizon for the same phone have been offered as explanations for Verizon's iPhone outcome.

Sony's PlayStation phone may provide another boost for Verizon, through its various game offerings. Among its 50 games, Guitar Hero, which is produced by Activision, was recently cancelled due to decreased sales in recent years. Activision announced on February 9 that it would discontinue production of Guitar Hero as well as Guitar Hero 2.

With April's PlayStation smartphone, nostalgic "Guitar Hero" fans can continue to play the game through the mobile phone version.