Price and UK launch of Sony Ericsson Xperia Play confirmed

Sony Ericsson Xperia PlayThe Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, which is set to be the hardcore gamer’s dream handset, is going to be available in the UK from the 28th of March, at a price of a penny under £520.

If you want to pick up the SIM free version of Sony Ericsson’s Android-based mobile gaming powerhouse then you will have only a month to wait, although its UK launch is being supported by all of the major network providers so a subsidised alternative should also be on offer.

None of the networks has committed to a pay monthly price scheme for the Xperia Play yet, but it is thought that you will need to spend £35 a month to get it free, which may be a little dear for some potential buyers.

The price of the Xperia Play seems fair given its specs, which include a 1GHz processor, slide-out gaming controls and Android 2.3 preinstalled, along with official support for ageing PlayStation 1 games.

There is potential for the Xperia Play to succeed, although whether gamers will take the bait and invest in a mobile which is also a serious portable games console, remains to be seen.

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