Sony Ericsson’s PlayStation Phone a.k.a. the Xperia Play is inbound – next month. A sony Ericsson product manager said the highly anticipated gaming smartphone would arrive on the Verizon network in “mid-April.” It’s not a solid release date, but if you’ve been waiting for a PlayStation phone ever since the original PlayStation Portable came out back in 2005, then this might be news worth drooling over. Verizon is also mulling over the possibility of replacing soccer simulation game FIFA 10 with Madden 11 – a move that isn’t too terrible, seeing as how most Americans prefer football over soccer any day. As a refresher, the Xperia Play is touchscreen slider handset with a 4-inch screen, running Android 2.3 on a 1GHz processor, packed with 512MB of RAM and can take microSD cards up to 32GB. It has two cameras, 5-megapixel on the back and VGA on the front for video chat, the standard PlayStation directional pad + triangle, circle, X and square buttons and dual “touch-analog” pads. If you’re heavy on mobile gaming, the Xperia Play is everything you’ve been waiting for, realized by Sony Ericsson.

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