So the Xperia Play is set to launch in the U.S. this Thursday. I thought about and decided I wanted it. So I pre-ordered it last week. the thing showed up last night and I have it all set-up. doesn't look like the Playstation Certified section of the Market is going to launch until Thursday though. Comes packaged with 7 full games... • Asphalt 6 - Ok racing game. Not great, not terrible • Bruce Lee - 1-on-1 fighter. Good graphics, terrible game play • PS1 Crash Bandicoot - Same as the PS1 version, plays great, looks good • Madden NFL 11 - Awful, just awful. Bad graphics, horrible controls • Star Battalion - Kinda like Star Fox. Looks really good, plays very smooth. Best of the bunch • Sims 3 - Haven't played yet Gamepad The game pad is practically perfect. Buttons all feel good, much like the PSPGo. Thought I would hate the analog touch pads, but they're actually perfect. They have a raised surface around the edges, so your thumb doesn't wander. Shoulder buttons took some getting use to though, but Star Battalion is the perfect game to get used to those. Screen The biggest disappointment with the phone comes in the form of the display. It's just a bit too dim. Not terrible, but the brightness doesn't compare favorably to the iPhone or any of the HTC phones. Resolution is fine though at 854x480, and videos looked good. Gaming The main reason I got he phone was to have a nice handheld gaming device I wouldn't have to hack to get what I want. I've already racked up an extensive library of retro goodness, and they all run perfect on the gamepad. Plus 16-Bit era games looks simply astounding on the screen. There are around a dozen gamepad optimized games in the marketplace at the moment, one of which being a fantastic looking hockey game that is on my must buy list. Phone, Messaging and More Calls came through crystal clear. The built-in speaker is much louder than most other phones, and sounds pretty good. Phone is fast, web browsing was better than my wife's Droid Incredible. Browser moved along at a good clip, text was easy to read. I'm still playing around and learning stuff on it. But I've been pretty satisfied so far. My only real complaint is that the screen could and should be brighter. But otherwise, I'm happy having a mobile game device, with a near perfect gamepad, that handles mobile phone duties perfectly for me.