Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Xperia Arc Now Officially Available in Europe [Are You Getting One?]

After a brief delay scare that didn’t last long, Sony Ericsson today announced the availability of one of the most interesting Android devices we’ve come across – the Xperia Play. After long being rumored as the “PSP phone” and tons of leaks providing undeniable evidence, Sony Ericsson officially outed the thing in Barcelona in February 2011.

Since that time, many-a trade shows have passed and our love for the phone grew more intense each time we were able to get our hands on it. Now you folks will be able to own one for yourself. (Those of you in Europe and Asia, anyway.) Six additional markets will see their launch within two weeks’ time. If you don’t remember, Verizon’s Xperia Play is rumored to be available in the middle of this month – perfect timing, we’d say.

This occasion begs the obvious question: are you getting one? After all of the hype and anticipation, are you ready to make this your next smartphone and jump into a new realm of mobile gaming? We know there is a fine group of phans over at AndroidForums.com looking forward to picking this thing up.

Before you go out and spend your coins on this, though, be sure to check this list of Xperia Play-optimized titles that Sony Ericsson was so kind enough to put together. Don’t forget that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is now offering original Playstation titles on the Android market for about 2.99 pounds per download. (Be sure to download the right games for your region and  language.)

Sony is also said to be offering their Music Unlimited service on this device. If you’re a PS3 owner you probably know what this is – a pay-to-hear streaming music service. The price isn’t the most comfortable to look at – there are 3.99 and 9.99 pounds per month plans – but we hear it’s a pretty damn good service.

For those of you who just want a new smartphone without the game-pad, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is also now available. It’s no slouch of a phone with its 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4-inch FWVGA display with Sony’s Bravia Engine technology, Android 2.3 with a touch of Sony Ericsson’s custom user interface on top and perhaps one of the best cameras I’ve seen on a cell phone with a sensor of its physical size. This one is also available in several regions including Europe. No United States carrier has announced availability of this device.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/pyronick Nick Bakker

    If the specs were up to the price I’d definately consider buying one.

    But as it is released with an outdated singlecore Snapdragon, Bluetooth 2.1, no NFC, etc… I think it is way overpriced.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pyronick Nick Bakker

    If the specs were up to the price I’d definately consider buying one.

    But as it is released with an outdated singlecore Snapdragon, Bluetooth 2.1, no NFC, etc… I think it is way overpriced.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pyronick Nick Bakker

    If the specs were up to the price I’d definately consider buying one.

    But as it is released with an outdated singlecore Snapdragon, Bluetooth 2.1, no NFC, etc… I think it is way overpriced.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pyronick Nick Bakker

    If the specs were up to the price I’d definately consider buying one.

    But as it is released with an outdated singlecore Snapdragon, Bluetooth 2.1, no NFC, etc… I think it is way overpriced.

  • Giles

    Got mine today!

    Got it free on a £25 a month T-Mobile UK contract through Phones4U. 600 minutes, 500 texts and 1GB of internet and £100 cashback.

    Very pleased with the deal considering it is the newest and latest phone out…

  • Giles

    Got mine today!

    Got it free on a £25 a month T-Mobile UK contract through Phones4U. 600 minutes, 500 texts and 1GB of internet and £100 cashback.

    Very pleased with the deal considering it is the newest and latest phone out…

  • Giles

    Got mine today!

    Got it free on a £25 a month T-Mobile UK contract through Phones4U. 600 minutes, 500 texts and 1GB of internet and £100 cashback.

    Very pleased with the deal considering it is the newest and latest phone out…

  • Giles

    Got mine today!

    Got it free on a £25 a month T-Mobile UK contract through Phones4U. 600 minutes, 500 texts and 1GB of internet and £100 cashback.

    Very pleased with the deal considering it is the newest and latest phone out…

  • http://twitter.com/lehtimaeki juhani lehtimaki

    O2 Germany has a preview on the web but they don’t know when they actually will ge the phones. I asked from a customer service rep but he had no idea either. Too bad I would really like to get one today.

  • http://twitter.com/lehtimaeki juhani lehtimaki

    O2 Germany has a preview on the web but they don’t know when they actually will ge the phones. I asked from a customer service rep but he had no idea either. Too bad I would really like to get one today.

  • http://twitter.com/lehtimaeki juhani lehtimaki

    O2 Germany has a preview on the web but they don’t know when they actually will ge the phones. I asked from a customer service rep but he had no idea either. Too bad I would really like to get one today.

  • http://twitter.com/lehtimaeki juhani lehtimaki

    O2 Germany has a preview on the web but they don’t know when they actually will ge the phones. I asked from a customer service rep but he had no idea either. Too bad I would really like to get one today.

  • Mgreentree4

    Ordered Arc with “4.2″ screen, as a second phone. Can’t wait to try the mirroring etc.

  • Mgreentree4

    Ordered Arc with “4.2″ screen, as a second phone. Can’t wait to try the mirroring etc.

  • Mgreentree4

    Ordered Arc with “4.2″ screen, as a second phone. Can’t wait to try the mirroring etc.

  • Mgreentree4

    Ordered Arc with “4.2″ screen, as a second phone. Can’t wait to try the mirroring etc.

  • Anonymous

    Aside from backstab Nova and syphon filter this list of games is pretty wack! In my opinion at least… I hope for more titles from ea by the Verizon launch! I thought dead space and samurai would be available too?

  • Anonymous

    Aside from backstab Nova and syphon filter this list of games is pretty wack! In my opinion at least… I hope for more titles from ea by the Verizon launch! I thought dead space and samurai would be available too?

  • Anonymous

    Aside from backstab Nova and syphon filter this list of games is pretty wack! In my opinion at least… I hope for more titles from ea by the Verizon launch! I thought dead space and samurai would be available too?

  • Anonymous

    Aside from backstab Nova and syphon filter this list of games is pretty wack! In my opinion at least… I hope for more titles from ea by the Verizon launch! I thought dead space and samurai would be available too?

  • Anonymous

    OK maybe a few more games are noteworthy, but after holding out on buying ipod games until the play comes out has me expecting more!

  • Anonymous

    OK maybe a few more games are noteworthy, but after holding out on buying ipod games until the play comes out has me expecting more!

  • Anonymous

    OK maybe a few more games are noteworthy, but after holding out on buying ipod games until the play comes out has me expecting more!

  • Anonymous

    OK maybe a few more games are noteworthy, but after holding out on buying ipod games until the play comes out has me expecting more!

  • Anonymous

    And France gets syphon filter pre installed!? Come on! Really!

  • Anonymous

    And France gets syphon filter pre installed!? Come on! Really!

  • Anonymous

    And France gets syphon filter pre installed!? Come on! Really!

  • Anonymous

    And France gets syphon filter pre installed!? Come on! Really!

  • Carmen Diva

    I will get one, Hopefully, it wont be more than 299(I am hoping for 199 but realistically i expect 249-299)

    I just can’t wait for VZW to launch with it and I am greatly excited to see how it is going to perform in my day to day use. I love sony products and I would still own one if they would have had at least 2.1 on the Xperia instead of launching it with a 2009 OS in late 2010. But either way, I am excited for it and will own one if it comes to VZW as stated this month.

  • Carmen Diva

    I will get one, Hopefully, it wont be more than 299(I am hoping for 199 but realistically i expect 249-299)

    I just can’t wait for VZW to launch with it and I am greatly excited to see how it is going to perform in my day to day use. I love sony products and I would still own one if they would have had at least 2.1 on the Xperia instead of launching it with a 2009 OS in late 2010. But either way, I am excited for it and will own one if it comes to VZW as stated this month.

  • Carmen Diva

    I will get one, Hopefully, it wont be more than 299(I am hoping for 199 but realistically i expect 249-299)

    I just can’t wait for VZW to launch with it and I am greatly excited to see how it is going to perform in my day to day use. I love sony products and I would still own one if they would have had at least 2.1 on the Xperia instead of launching it with a 2009 OS in late 2010. But either way, I am excited for it and will own one if it comes to VZW as stated this month.

  • Carmen Diva

    I will get one, Hopefully, it wont be more than 299(I am hoping for 199 but realistically i expect 249-299)

    I just can’t wait for VZW to launch with it and I am greatly excited to see how it is going to perform in my day to day use. I love sony products and I would still own one if they would have had at least 2.1 on the Xperia instead of launching it with a 2009 OS in late 2010. But either way, I am excited for it and will own one if it comes to VZW as stated this month.

  • Anonymous

    I would love the XPERIA PLAY if it ever comes to the U.S.

  • Anonymous

    I would love the XPERIA PLAY if it ever comes to the U.S.

  • Anonymous

    I would love the XPERIA PLAY if it ever comes to the U.S.

  • Anonymous

    I would love the XPERIA PLAY if it ever comes to the U.S.

  • Anonymous

    I would love the XPERIA PLAY if it ever comes to the U.S.

  • Anonymous

    I would love the XPERIA PLAY if it ever comes to the U.S.

  • luke

    had a new xperia arc yesterday……nice phone … very nice, but a problem with the sound sync when recording in hd !!!! its about a few second off which is really bugging me, ive updated the os, reset the phone 4 times and changed the memory card, with no luck, looks like another clanger from sony ericsson….all hype and no action, very disappointed, i just hope se bring out an update to resolve this issue, but thats gonna be like waiting for paint to dry and prob take as long as my 24 mth contract to run out

  • JAMESWICKS

    DONT BUY SONY ERICSSON RUBBISH, I BET SUMMIT WONT WORK !!!! OR WILL STOP WORKING IN TIME.
    LUKE, M8T MY SIS HAS THE SAME PROB WV HER ARC (ALL 3 OF EM !!)…..TAKE IT BACK AND GET A HTC OR SAMMY, SE WILL NEVA FIX THE PROB