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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play makes official appearance

Making it official, Sony Ericsson airs a TV ad showing off the Xperia Play during the big game.

Over the years, the commercials played during the Super Bowl have become just as entertaining and scrutinized as the game itself, and this year was no different. Among the myriad car commercials that dominated the big game this year, there was one ad that probably caught the eye of many a mobile tech fan.

Airing during the second quarter, Sony Ericsson confirmed all the rumors and leaks by officially showing off the Xperia Play aka PlayStation phone in the TV promo shown above. Much of the commercial is shrouded in mystery until the end where a Franken-Android of sorts is revealed with sewn-on thumbs (did anyone else find this creepy?). The reason for those thumbs? For the game controls of the Xperia Play, of course!

The commercial describes the Xperia Play as "the smartphone with everything you need and the one thing you want," but doesn't reveal much else about the Android device, other than it's coming soon. As we suspected, we'll get the full details at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, as Sony Ericsson's Facebook page has a save the date for Sunday, February 13.

The press conference starts at 9 a.m. PT, and we'll be in Barcelona to cover it all, so be sure to check back then for full coverage, including hands-on photos and videos. In the meantime, check out Scott Stein's 11 must-have features for the Xperia Play and be sure to share your thoughts about the smartphone with us as well.