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Sony offering free PlayStation Mobile games for the next 6 weeks

Sony is hoping to entice more users to take advantage of its PlayStation Mobile platform today by offering 6 weeks of free games from its PlayStation Store. Every 7 days for the next 6 weeks Sony will make one game from its PlayStation Store available for download free of charge, hoping that once...
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Sony launches PlayStation Mobile Developer Program

After a few months in beta, Sony's PlayStation Mobile Developer Program is today ready for prime-time. The program allows game developers to build titles for PlayStation-certified Android phones and tablets -- such as the Xperia T and HTC One X+ -- as well as the company's PS Vita device, for an...
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PlayStation Mobile game store starts trickling out to select Android devices

Today's the day that PlayStation Mobile launches, and not just on Sony's own Xperia devices. Keep in mind that the list of non-Sony phones compatible with PlayStation Mobile is still pretty short. Even if you have a compatible device, you'll need to live in Japan, United States, Canada, United...

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Sony launches new PlayStation App in the Play Store for eager PS4 users

Push games to your console, chat with friends and keep up with stats on the go It's that time of year (decade, really) where folks can get their hands on next-generation consoles, and to match up with its PS4 launch Sony has just put a new PlayStation App in Google Play. For those who want to...
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Don't forget to claim a year of PlayStation Plus with your new Sony Xperia Z1s

Offer applies to phones bought from both Sony and T-Mobile During the official announcement of the Sony Xperia Z1s at CES, we were told about the pretty fantastic content offering that Sony was throwing in with the handset. What they didn't mention at the time was a special offer involving...

Sony's PS4 companion app for Android gets live video feed support

Live with PlayStation now available in app, kind of Sony has pushed out an update to its official PlayStation 4 companion app for Android, with the headline new feature being the inclusion of "Live with PlayStation" video feeds in the app. Well, sort of in the app. You can browse the gaming...

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Listen up, you maggots! It looks like all you SOCOM 4 players out there will be able to take your special operations stats on the go. PlayStation has announced via their blog that SOCOM Mobile HQ is now available for free in the Android Market -- and only on Android. The app lets you login and track all of your SOCOM 4 stats. In addition, players will be able to try out the SOCOM Challenge System available exclusively for SOCOM Mobile HQ users.

What the app supports:

  • Prove your tactical discipline and combat skills by accepting our challenges, gaining experience and badges that represent your cunning and perseverance.
  • Plan and track your advancement by studying challenge history and leaderboards. Watch your experience climb as successive rounds push you further.
  • Review your career profile to see vital SOCOM 4 stats and rank advancement potential. Compare your progress to those around you.
  • Stay in contact with SOCOM 4 news and events by accessing the official Blog.
  • Use our convenient clan and friends features to check stats and whereabouts of your friends in the PlayStation network.
  • Share your experience and progress via Facebook through our social networking feature.

Just last month, Sony released their Qriocity service on Android. PlayStation 3 owners who linked their accounts to the Android app earned a free 180-day Basic trial offer. Sony PlayStation has been vocal in the past about bringing PlayStation experiences to Android. We're hoping Sony PlayStation will announce more about their PlayStation Suite experience on Android soon. Download link after the jump, yo.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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Add another cloud-based music service to that list of yours. Sony Network Entertainment announced that they have brought their Qriocity (pronounced as curiosity) music service to Android. The service was launched back in April of 2010. Since then, Sony customers have been able to stream unlimited music to their PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, internet browsers, BRAVIA HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc players and Blu-ray Disc Home Theater systems.

Last month, Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity services were a victim of a large scale security breach. Sony admitted to its users that millions of users account information was stolen. Sony has since apologized for the incident and has offered a Welcome Back program for customers affected by last month's breach.

The app is available in the Android Market for free, but the service is $3.99/month for a Basic subscription plan and $9.99/month for a Premium plan. As for anyone that owns a PlayStation 3, you can get a free 180 day trial of the Basic subscription plan. Market link and video after the break.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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Following up on yesterday's E3 game announcements, Sony Ericsson sends word today that desert racing title Cracking Sands will be making its way to the Xperia Play later this year. Developed by Polarbit, the game combines frantic desert racing with heavy weaponry and power-ups. Sony Ericsson is promising more gaming announcements over the next few days, as additional Xperia Play exclusives are revealed.

Join us after the break for an early look at Cracking Sands' gameplay.

Source: Sony Ericsson Product Blog

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Sony Ericsson has announced that Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard will be launching exclusively on the Xperia Play tomorrow, and that it'll be following up the release by showcasing another 20 games at next week's E3 Expo. Xperia Play owners in Western Europe will be able to download Shadow Vanguard for free, but unfortunately there's no mention of whether this offer will be extended to owners of the Verizon-branded Xperia Play across the pond.

The games to be showcased at Sony Ercisson's E3 booth include Minecraft, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Samurai II. Most of these titles are being kept under wraps for the moment, but you can find some slightly bizarre early video footage of Minecraft on the Xperia Play after the jump.

Source: Sony Ericsson Product Blog

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Following almost two months of delays caused by software issues, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has finally launched on British network O2. The phone is available now in O2-exclusive white and the original black, for £429.99 off-contract, or for free on contracts of £37 or more per month. A fairly hefty sum, but O2's sweetening the deal by including 10 free games and a multimedia dock with online purchases.

Check our our Xperia Play hands-on for more on the first PlayStation-certified smartphone.

Source: O2 UK

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Big news for both the Xperia Play and its game lineup today, as Mojang studios unveiled that its  mobile version of Minecraft for Android devices will be heading exclusively to the Xperia Play. There's no timetable for how long Minecraft will only be on the Xperia Play, but the fact it landed such a hit is definitely a boon for a phone that's been criticized as nothing more than a way to play old PSX games on-the-go.

The game will also be customized for the Xperia Play's controller, which leaves open how the game will be controlled when it does come to purely touchscreen devices. Mobile Minecrafters can also expect frequent updates, just like the desktop counterpart.

Does this excite anyone else as much as it does me? I was definitely searching for any Playstation games worth making the Xperia Play the phone for me, but Minecraft is something I can definitely sink my teeth into.

Anyone else? Fellow Minecrafters out there? We all know Minecraft is coming to Android, but does getting to play it first sweeten the Xperia Play in anyone's eyes? Let us know.

Source: Joystiq

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Online preorders start May 19

The way's nearly over for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play on Verizon. Big Red announced this morning that it'll be available for preorder on May 19, and in stores May 26 for $199 with a two-year contract. That's the same Xperia Play as we first got our hands on back at Mobile World Congress in February, with all its Playstation game goodness.

Need a rehash of the specs? Here goes:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Playstation-like controllers
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® II processor with Adreno 205 GPU
  • Adobe® Flash® Player
  • 4-inch multi-touch display
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • VGA front-facing camera for still shots and video chatting
  • Preloaded with seven games -- Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Asphalt 6, Adrenaline, The Sims 3, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot, Tetris
  • Support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Search™, Google Maps™, and access to more than 200,000 apps available to download from Android Market™
  • Mobile hotspot capability– share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices

Yeah, we're more than a little excited to get our game on with this one, folks. Full presser's after the break.

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Back when PSX4Droid was initially announced a lot of users were pleased to of have had a PlayStation emulator arrive on the scene. Here we are now, many months later and we're getting a Sony Ericsson built device with PlayStation gaming capabilities built right. I'm guessing at the time no one thought that would happen but indeed, it has.

Now, with Sony Ericsson Xperia Play arriving on the scene it appears as though some emulators are being removed from the Android Market with Google citing "Content Policy violation" as the reasoning and some folks wondering if Sony is really behind their removal. Google however, only offered a short statement on the matter:

"We remove apps from Android Market that violate our policies."

We're not ready to blame Sony for this, however, Zodttd, the developer behind PSX4Droid, has quickly asserted he is under that impression while others blame improper GPL License use as the reason. Be it suspicious timing, GPL license issues or just plain bad luck -- other emulators of the same nature still remain in the Android Market namely, FPSe. That begs the question what the deal was with PSX4Droid? [Twitter; via PocketGamer, Engadget, Mobiputing and JoyStiq]

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Alright, seriously, there is no denying it -- the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has been on one wild ride. And here is another twist to add to this roller coaster of a ride: In an interview with Sony Ericsson UK head of marketing David Hilton, the executive talked pricing for the smartphone's games. "Smaller, lower-tier games" would cost around $2 and a "more complex game" could cost up towards $16. 

What are these "more complex games?" Will we see exclusives on the Xperia Play as opposed to other Android devices? Will these games come from the Android Market or the PlayStation Store? Still, so many questions. Wait, isn't this thing releasing soon? [MCV via Joystiq]

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What do you get when you stick Dieter and myself in front of a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play with a handful of new games? Hands-on video, of course. Actually, tonight at a Verizon gathering at CTIA was my first time using the Xperia Play (Dieter did the initial hands-on back at Mobile World Congress.) And hardware-wise, it's agreeable. And the basic user interface isn't too shabby, and it's snappy enough. But games were a bit slow to load, and they're not as smooth as what we've seen on the likes of Tegra 2 devices.

But the point is, we just played Crash Bandicoot on the Xperia Play, taking us back to good ol' 1997. And who doesn't like that? Check it above, and we've got more video of the touchpads (ie analog sticks) after the break.

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If you've watched the creepy Xperia Play "Android thumbs ad" and wondered about the backstory of the thumbs in question, then you'll be relieved to hear that Sony Ericsson has provided you with the answers you crave in a brand new commercial.

The ad, entitled "The Donor", tells the chilling story of a man brutally robbed of his opposable digits by Sony Ericsson just so you can play Tekken on your phone. Check it out for yourself after the jump. The Xperia Play is due out in Europe later this month -- check out our hands (and thumbs)-on video coverage to find out more.

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Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play, the first PlayStation-certified Android smartphone, will launch in the UK on Mar. 31 with six games pre-installed, according to reports on UK gaming site MCV. The Xperia Play will come pre-loaded with Bruce Lee Dragon Warriors, Tetris, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot, FIFA 10 and The Sims 3, with a further 50 games available through the PlayStation Suite online store. 

The phone is currently available for pre-order via many British online retailers, with SIM-free prices hovering around £500 (~$800). Subsidized on-contract prices should be competitive, as the Xperia Play is being offered on all major UK networks. Be sure to check out our hands-on coverage of the Xperia Play for more details. [MCV UK]

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NVIDIA and Sony have announced that the latter will be bringing its PlayStation Suite software to Tegra-powered Android phones and tablets later this year. PlayStation Suite was announced at Sony's PlayStation Meeting 2011 earlier this year, and will bring classic PlayStation titles to Android devices along with new games created especially for the platform.

Sony also revealed that certain PlayStation 2 titles will also be making their way to the PlayStation Suite, in addition to PS1 titles, as announced back in January.

The arrival of PlayStation Suite on Tegra devices should clear the way for Sony's rumored S1 tablet, which is said to be due in late 2011 with a Tegra 2 chip and PlayStation support.

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Here we are with an Xperia Play in our grubby hands at Mobile World Congress. The phone is a thick as you are seeing in these photos, but a little something to grab onto doesn't hurt when you're gaming, right? Glossy plastic on the back and plastic chrome on the edges makes this Sony Ericsson device a smudge-factory, but other than the odd-creak the phone feels fairly solid. Actually, on the units we played with here we find that the best-feeling buttons on every device are the main-gaming buttons, which is as it should be.

We played a few of the launch titles - all Android games that have been rejiggered to include support for the Play. To a game they were all fast and performed well. We haven't gotten a good look at the custom Play interface and buying experience yet, but given that they're not launching the full Playstation store until later this year, it's not a huge surprise that those pieces aren't fully baked yet. Mostly we're just impressed to see all these Android games running so well here - and while it makes us think that a March purchase might be in our future, to be honest we may wait to see whether or not Sony can get their Playstation store out in short order.

More photos after the break and we've got a quick video as well now too - feel the crowded, noisy love for Android gaming!

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Sitting in on the Sony Japan PlayStation Meeting 2011 event we were surprised to see that Sony made mention of their upcoming PlayStation Suite for Android and other devices. Although, we didn't doubt something along those lines was coming at any point now, it's still nice to see Sony give some official word on the subject. Slated for sometime "within the next calendar year" the cross-platform framework will start off by emulating first-generation PSP titles on a number of different devices including Android tablets and smartphones. No doubt that'll move to PSOne titles and more eventually as they also announced the PlayStation Store will arrive on Android. [PlayStation Blog]

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If you happen to be a European PlayStation owner with an Android device, then today is your lucky day. Sony has released the official PlayStation app for Android, a very pretty app which for the moment falls a little short on functionality. Find out more about features, along with a QR code after the jump.

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Okay, so we've been seeing this device rumored for quite some time now. And its almost popped up every week since then. Whatever you wanna call it: the Xperia Play, the PlayStation Phone, the PSP Phone -- the point is, it's real, people. Only this time, Chinese website IT168 has spent a good amount of time with Sony's secret device (or not so secret). So good in fact, they decided to record gameplay footage, run benchmark tests, and even take side-by-side shots of the unit next to the PSP Go.

The device is said to be powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8255 processor, a Qualcomm Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB of RAM, and 512MB of ROM. The Chinese site also posted a shot of Necore running at a solid and nice 59.1fps. Not bad at all, considering the first video we saw it chugging along. The Quadrant number was also quite high at 1,733. It was also noted that all of this was running on Gingerbread, Android 2.3.

IT168 also revealed that the sleek device carried a 854 x 480 screen resolution sitting on top of a 4-inch LCD display. The Sony branded phone has a 1,500mAh battery, a 5 mega-pixel camera with LED flash, a microSD slot, SIM card slot, and a noise cancellation mic on the back.

Why didn't we see it at the Sony press conference on Wednesday? Does Sony have something in store for us, say, a seperate event? What do guys think? For all the videos and screens, hit the source link. [IT168 via Engadget]

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We don't really need yet another piece of evidence pointing to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (or PSP Phone, or Playstation Phone) being announced and released in the coming months -- so here's another piece of evidence of the Sony Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (or PSP Phone, or Playstation Phone) being announced and released in the coming months. The new one comes via Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, which writes that it's expected in spring 2011 in North America and Europe. And have we mentioned we fully expect to see the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (or PSP Phone, or Playstation Phone) to be announced sometime in the coming months? OK. Just so we all have that straight. [Asahi Shimbun (translated) via Yahoo News, Engadget]

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Here's the latest speculation and rumor control on the not-so-mythical Sony Ericsson Playstation phone:

First up, SE was granted a European trademark on "Xperia Play" on Dec. 1. At the same time, Swedish PR firm Jung Relations has scooped up, and So there's a pretty good bet that'll end up being a big part of the branding somehow.

Then add on an unsourced rumor from Pocket-Lint, which says the PSP/Xperia/Play/Phone/thingy will be announced at Mobile World Congress in February (no great surprise there) and will hit stores in April in the UK.

Safe bets, all. Does that mean any of it'll actually happen? There's a better than average chance. Stay tuned, folks. This spring is gonna be a doozy. [OHIM,, Pocketnow, Pocket-Lint]

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Sony has just announced on its blog that the Official PlayStation app is soon to arrive on Android and iOS devices. Although this doesn't appear to be the app we've seen running on the Sony PlayStation Phone, it's still a pretty awesome announcement. As noted on the Sony blog, key features for the app include:

  • Check out your PlayStation Network trophies and keep up to date with your friends’ games and online status.
  • Discover all the latest games, news and hardware for your PlayStation 3, PSP and PlayStation 2.
  • Read all the announcements on the European PlayStation.Blog and comment.
  • Share your favorite products or news with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or via e-mail.

All isn't rosy here though with the announcement. Sadly, the app will only be available in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and The Netherlands. Although, Sony has stated that other countries are already in the works for the next version. [PlayStation EU blog]

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