For anyone wondering whether it is both revolutionizing the video game and mobile device industries or pioneering a new industry, Sony's recent confirmation of their upcoming "Playstation Phone" gave a glimpse of the future.
While American retailers have, for the past several years, coined the biggest Internet-shopping day of the year as "Black Monday" - which is the first Monday following the Thanksgiving Holiday - the Monday that always follows Super Bowl Sunday seems to speak for itself.
It certainly has this year.
If you're a video or mobile technology and gadget enthusiast, you may have already been following the rumors for quite a while. If you haven't, Sony spent $3-million dollars on their 30-second voice during Super Bowl XLV to make sure you start.
It seems to have worked, as Sony Ericsson, a division of Sony, is among the top tech-blotter today, the post-Super Bowl Monday of 2011 (perhaps it does need a nickname). "The smartphone with everything you need, and everything you want," is what the company used to describe their next gadget during its confirmation advertisement. Many others are referring to it as the "Playstation Phone." Its actual name is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.
Supported by an Android 2.3 operating system (OS), a touch-screen and a slide-out game controller that resembles the traditional Playstation controllers; four navigational buttons, commonly referred to as a "D-Pad", on the left, and the square, triangle, circle and x buttons on the right. Expected, but currently rumored specifications, also include a 4.2-inch touch-screen, a 1GHz processor and a 5-megapixel camera.
Xperia Play is also expected to support some Playstation One games and new, specifically developed games, which will all be accessible through the recently announce online store Playstation Suite (PS Suite). The PS Suite will likely be a mobile Android version of the Playstaton Network (PSN), currently used by Sony's Playstation devices.
Additionally, by the end of 2011, Sony intends to grant certifiable permissions to other mobile device manufacturers, so that they may support the Playstation branding on their smartphones and tablets.
Representatives of Sony Ericsson will be appearing in Barcelona, Span as participants of the Mobile World Congress, held between February 14 to February 17, to announce more official specifications of the Xperia Play.
Interested persons can visit the Sony Ericsson Facebook Page and register to be one of the first ten people to recieve an Xperia Play.