The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is one very unique Android device. Not only can it play PlayStation games, but it even has the PlayStation gamepad, which allows "retro" gamers who might've used the original PlayStation to relive the good old days.
I'm one of those retro gamers. I love reliving my early geek days as often as possible, so the Xperia Play has seriously helped to scratch that itch. How so, do you ask? Well, read on to find out.
Before I get into the actual playing of the game, I would like to point out what may be the second best addition to the Xperia Play "xperience." It automatically saves your game! If I hit the home button beneath the screen, it is saved! It's so nice and such a great addition by Sony Ericsson, especially since it auto-saves.
As you see in the top picture, the game I'm playing is Crash Bandicoot, which makes total sense: he was a PlayStation exclusive. With the Xperia Play's very nice, 4-inch screen, you can see everything you would with the original version of the game, and it runs beautifully. Frame rates are fantastic, as well.
On top of the fluidity of the game and that crazy-awesome save feature, the Xperia Play really shines in the experience of the game itself. That gamepad, to me, is 100% better than tapping on a touchscreen that may or may not register. On top of that, it also takes away from the view of the screen. When was the last time you put your hand up to your television and touched it to play your Xbox 360? Exactly.
Anyway, none of this matters if you're not a gamer. And if you're not a gamer, you're most likely not going to look at this phone. So wait until Friday for my final review to see if you should, even if you don't like Crash very much.