Today, the evidence of the new half-game, half-phone Android device emerged again as someone spotted the PlayStation controls within the software development kit for Gingerbread, or version 2.3 of the Android operating system. The SDK references the L1, L2, R1, R2 controls that are familiar to game players as Sony controls. But the kit does not include a reference to the Square, Triangle, X and Circle buttons of a typical PlayStation controller.
Here’s what’s confirmed to come with the Xperia Play:
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
4 inch 854 x 480 touchscreen display
Customizable Sony Ericsson homescreen
“better build quality than the PSP Go”
Sliding gamepad with touchpads instead of DualShock mechanical sticks
Single-core, 1GHz Qualcomm processor
5MP camera, which takes rather impressive photos
800 x 480 video recording (could be upgraded to HD recording before the handset is launched)
Sony is trying to keep its PlayStation Phone a secret, it’s not doing a great job. This is Sony’s answer to the iPhone and the Nintendo DS, which are both trouncing Sony in the handheld gaming market.