Sony Ericsson has announced plans to release a 4G-powered version of it's PlayStation-certified Xperia Play smartphone on the AT&T network starting September 28.
The new Android 2.2-powered phone, available at AT&T stores and online for $49.99 with a two-year, data-enabled contract, adds fourth-generation wireless capabilities to the original Xperia Play, which launched this Spring
and has failed to attract significant sales, according to reports.
Like the original Xperia Play, the 4G model features a slide-out panel with PlayStation-styled buttons and a touch-pad that approximates dual analog sticks.
These controls can be used to play a line-up of 150 Xperia Play-optimized titles, including Minecraft: Pocket Edition
and a selection of downloadable original PlayStation titles. Seven such titles, including the original Crash Bandicoot
come pre-loaded on the phone.
Sony Ericsson, meanwhile, has said it is not currently considering building a more powerful follow-up to the Play, focusing instead on improving the current device with new features.
"Right now our big focus is on improving the experience of Xperia Play, bringing face chat, video calling with Skype, and movies and more software updates, because we can, and bringing better games," Sony Ericsson head of market development Dominic Neil-Dwyer told Eurogamer
Neil-Dwyer also added that Play sales were "meeting expectations" so far, and that he had high hopes for the phone's prospects during the highly competitive holiday season.