Start doing your thumb exercises. The Xperia Play, aka the PlayStation Phone, will be in Verizon stores on May 26 for $199.99 with a two-year contract.
It requires a Nationwide Talk plan — starting at $39.99 a month — and an unlimited data plan, for at least $29.99 per month.
It will be available for pre-order starting Thursday.
The phone has a slide-out keyboard panel with two analog touch joysticks, PlayStation controls, a D-pad and shoulder buttons, like a handheld device.
It will come pre-loaded with seven games, including Madden NFl ‘11, Crash Bandicoot and Tetris.
As for the phone portion, the handset runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has a 1GHz processor, front- and rear-facing cameras and a 4-inch multitouch screen.
The Xperia Play has gotten fairly good reviews in Europe, though reviewers have said it needs a lot more quality software to truly become a gaming device.