For $38, the Sony Xperia Play could be the perfect emulator machine

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So the Sony Xperia Play isn’t the new kid around the block. In fact, it’s probably one of the oldest (so much so that it’s still stuck on Gingerbread with 2011 hardware). But it’s the main attraction in 1Sale’s daily deal, and they’re giving you the chance to buy it for a mere $37.95.

Why would you buy one? Well, if you’re in need of a backup phone or know someone who could use a smartphone (albeit not the latest and greatest), it’s not a bad buy.

But we also think gamers could get a nice kick out of this by installing one of the many emulators out there for Android. Its hardware, while long in the tooth (400MB of RAM, 1GHz Snapdragon 2 processor), is still good enough to play some of the 2D classics and even a decent amount of 3D games.

With full face buttons, a directional pad and virtual analog sticks tucked neatly beneath the display — and shoulder buttons to flank all of that — it’s a nice alternative to mobile gaming than having to shell out for something like a Nintendo 3DS or a PlayStation Vita. Want one? Be sure to grab it right here, but they’ll be gone after today so act fast.

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