Before there was the Xperia Play
Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play combines gaming and a cell phone in one device. But it's not the first time the company has tried to bring the two worlds together.
Sony Ericsson is betting big that its
Seven years ago, just as Sony Ericsson was getting into a groove with notable handsets like the EGB-10 Gameboard allowed you to play games on selected Sony Ericsson handsets while using controls that were more comfortable than a standard navigational keypad.and , the company rolled out one of the more interesting mobile accessories I've ever seen. The
Though its design was a far cry from a Sony PlayStation controller, the Gameboard had most of the essential gaming elements, including a circular toggle on the left and four function keys on the right. As it didn't have a power switch, it would work only when you snapped a handset into the frame in the center. You'd still use a phone's display to see your game, but the Gameboard's controls would take over.
Though the Gameboard was a neat idea and the controls were easy to use, it was ahead of its time given the poor quality of mobile gaming in 2004. Indeed, I used it for a only few minutes before moving on. What's more, I found that even my avid gamer colleagues and friends felt the same way.
Now with the Xperia Play, Sony Ericsson is back for another try. I'm intrigued by what Mobile World Congress and remain floored that it will come to Verizon Wireless (Sony Ericsson has few CDMA phones). We still don't have an availability date or a review model, but we'll get some more time with the device as part of the Game Developers Conference. Check back for more hands-on impressions.of the Xperia Play at