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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 12/22/2010

The 'PlayStation phone' has a name: Xperia Play

By Hayley Tsukayama

Buzz is building over Sony's new phone, which many hope will bring mobile gaming to a new level. Ever since the first rumors of a PlayStation phone started circulating in October, gamers on the go have been clamoring for any news about the device. Although there's no gameplay functionality on the phone yet, PocketNow has found an European Union trademark filing from Sony suggesting it does have a name: the Xperia Play.

As Fortune Tech reported Wednesday morning, the Unofficial Xperia 10 Blog did a little extra digging on PocketNow's tip and found out that a PR firm associated with Sony Ericsson has bought the .com, .net and .org Xperia domain names. Another Web site, Pocket-lint, is reporting the phone will be in stores in April.

Last Thursday, Sony launched a PlayStation App for the iPhone and the Android in Europe that allows users to brag about their gaming accomplishments and get news from the company through their smartphones.

The new phone has all the hallmarks of a classic Sony gamepad and is visually similar to Sony's handheld gaming device, the PSP Go.

If you're interested, check out some (rather wistfully scored) footage of the phone below:

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 22, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
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Rumor has it there's a "Black Ops" edition. It costs 60 bucks and doesn't work

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | December 22, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, this could be cool. So, do you know if it would have a UMD on the back to play PSP games or would it just be a download only device like the PSP Go?

Posted by: ozpunk | December 22, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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