The Xperia Play is releasing in North America tomorrow, heralding a return to the unholy fusion of cellphone and handheld gaming console that, as those of us of a certain age recall, didn't work out terribly well last time around. Given its $200 price tag (with a two-year contract through Verizon Wireless), potential customers will be left weighing the cost of the Xperia Play against the promise of classic Playstation goodness. Regardless, one thing is for certain: There will be MineCraft. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not the day after, but there will indeed be Minecraft
Those who follow industry news are undoubtedly aware that the game will be coming to iOS, as well as phone that, like the Xperia Play, are running the Android. However, Majong has revealed to Gamasutra that Xperia play owners will be able to get their on-the-go fix for "MineCrack" -- a cutesy nickname noting the game's parallels to the similarly pleasurable and addictive experience of crack cocaine, yet devoid of the irksome tremors, panic attacks, and tendencies toward armed robbery characteristic of genuine chemical dependency -- before their less-fortunate counterparts. No pricing or release date has yet been set, with the company only saying that the game will "release early and update frequently." In addition, the Xperia Play version is reported to feature controls that wll take advantage of the phone's face buttons. Minecraft certainly won't be enough to sustain Sony Ericsson's nifty little gadget, bt the prospect of getting first dibs on an immensely popular game does give its profile a boost, however fleeting said boost may be.