After months of speculation, leaks and a freaking Super Bowl commercial (seriously?), Sony has finally formally announced the Xperia Play smartphone -- the long fabled, long buzzed-about "PlayStation Phone." The device was shown off during the Sony Ericsson MWC 2011 press conference, where it was christened with a launch window -- the device will launch across the globe starting in March, with the U.S. being one of its first destinations. Sony also announced that Verizon will be the Xperia Play's first carrier starting in early spring.

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.