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Xperia Play date, launch games unveiled

Crash Bandicoot, Sims, more pre-installed.

Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play smartphone arrives in UK stores on 31st March with six games pre-installed.

According to MCV, the handset comes with five Android titles - Bruce Lee Dragon Warriors, Tetris, Star Battalion, FIFA 10 and The Sims 3 - and one PSone title - Crash Bandicoot.

The phone's launch will be backed by Sony Ericsson's biggest UK marketing campaign ever and be available in all high street mobile retailers. Marketing director David Hilton suggested that this might later be expanded to include game stores.

"We are currently still in commercial conversation, but I'd be surprised if we didn't see Xperia Play appear in other channels," he explained.

"All the mobile operators and retailers are selling it. It is rare these days to get a product that is sold everywhere, but this is one of those."

On top of the six games listed above and your standard array of Android titles, there'll be a further 50 games available to download from the PlayStation Suite at or near launch. A full list wasn't made available but some of them will be PSone games while others will be optimised smartphone titles.

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