Sony Ericsson has finally been given the keys to the Playstation brand with the XPERIA Play, and has delivered the gaming phone that fans have been clamouring for.

The games are truly impressive with some of the biggest names in the business like Guitar Hero and FIFA on the device, and the dedicated slide-out gamepad shows a real commitment to bringing a console-class experience on a mobile.

The only question is whether it is too late…the iPhone and apps have changed the mobile gaming landscape forever, with casual players and touch-driven titles ruling the roost. Whether such a ‘hardcore’ gaming handheld will be as warmly received by the public remains to be seen.