The Xperia Play phone has finally made it through Verizon's approval process and is set to land at retail on May 26th. Pre-orders for the unofficial PlayStation Phone open on Verizon's site on the 19th. The Xperia Play will be launching with a slate of free titles bundled in, and I've seen more than a few games announced as exclusives on the phone so there could be some momentum kicking in for the new platform. But as someone already on contract with big red, there's nothing in the Play to make me think of paying full price for a new smartphone.
The bundled in titles are Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, The Sims 3, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot and Tetris.
The Android world marches on, of course, and the same day it launches the Droid X2 may be launching on Verizon as well, toting a dual-core 1 GHz Tegra 2 display with a high resolution screen and the Gingerbread flavor of the OS. For owners of the Droid X like me, this would be what I would go after if I were getting a new phone, even if we're not sure if it'll be the same $199 as the Xperia Play when it launches.
One small consolation for Android owners like myself is that with the launch of the Xperia Play and X2 also comes the launch of Gingerbread on Verizon's network. This could mean that updates for the Droid 2 and Droid X to this latest OS might not be far off.
Hit the jump for the full press release on the Play.