Xperia Play Arriving On Telstra And Optus June 8

We got to play with PlayStation-controller-equipped, Android-toting Xperia Play quite a while ago, but local release details for the phone were sketchy at the time. Now we have a launch date — June 8 — for two networks: Optus and Telstra. What about Vodafone?

Pricing plans for the phone weren’t confirmed in the launch announcement, but it’s safe to guess you’ll be paying at least $60 a month on a 24-month contract if you don’t want to buy outright. We’ll update you on pricing details as they come to hand. The local phone will be bundled with six games designed to use the controller: Star Battalion, FIFA 10, Madden NFL 11, SIMS 3, Bruce Lee and Crash Bandicoot. There’ll also be outright buy options, though no sign of a price for that either.

Back in April, Vodafone was touted as one of the target networks for the phone, and indeed was said to have an exclusive deal on the white model. That all now seems up in the air; the official story is that network testing is still being conducted by Vodafone, and details of availability for that will happen later.

Whatever its supply woes, the Xperia Play brings about mixed reactions. I enjoyed it, but Kotaku editor and all-round gaming guru Mark Serrels was less impressed. Are you excited by the prospect? Tell us in the comments?

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