The Sony Ericsson 'PlayStation phone' will be made available in the UK at the end of March.

The Xperia Play, which was unveiled at Mobile World Congress this year, features a 4in (854x480) display and a 1GHz processor, and runs Google's Android version 2.3, which is also known as Gingerbread. Rather than a keyboard, the gaming phone features a slide-out gamepad.

The handset will come with six games pre-installed including Bruce Lee Dragon Warriors, Crash Bandicoot, FIFA 10 and The Sims 3. A further 50 games will be available through the PlayStation Suite, a cross-platform app store for users of the Xperia Play and the Sony NGP handheld gaming console.

The games will be a mix of retro classics and current popular mobile phone games that have been optimised for use with the device.

"All the mobile operators and retailers are selling [the handset]," Sony Ericsson marketing director for UK and Ireland, David Hilton, told MCV. "It is rare these days to get a product that is sold everywhere, but this is one of those." is already offering the device for pre-sale. Priced at £499 SIM-free, the online retailer says the Xperia Play will be released on March 30.

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