If a certain smartphone is going to be marketed and sold as a portable gaming device in its own right, it would make sense that such a phone will need to boast a strong selection of popular game titles to ensure that interest in its product remains high, no? That is exactly what Sony Ericsson has done with with its first ever Playstation-certified smartphone, the Xperia PLAY, where it has announced the availability of new titles that have been optimised for use on its smartphone, and then some.

Sony Ericsson has announced the availability of what it claims is an “ever-growing ecosystem” of over 150 games that have been optimized for use on its Xperia PLAY smartphone at the Gamescom event that is currently taking place in Cologne. According to the company, its ability to offer such a healthy selection of titles was made possible due to its expanding partnerships with top publishers and leading independent studios.

Some of the new titles include smartphone ports of well-known console and PC titles, such as EA's Need For Speed Hot Pursuit and Dead Space. In addition, the company has also claimed that that the Android premiere of Polarbit's driving game, Reckless Getaway, was featured at Gamescom.

An incomplete list of the Xperia PLAY Android titles that were announced and showcased at Gamescon this week are as follow:

  • Dead Space, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit and FIFA12 by EA
  • Reckless Getaway, Reckless Racing 2 and Tanks by Polarbit
  • Let's Golf 3 by Gameloft
  • Townsmen 6, Guns & Glory WW2 and Clouds and Sheep by HandyGame
  • They Need To Be Fed by YoYo Games
  • Lame Castle by Be-Rad Entertainment
  • Hyperlight by Catfishblues Games
  • Diversion and Crazy Snowboard by Ezone PTY LTD
  • Gibs & Gore Micronytes
  • Protoxide and Battle Boats 3D by Herocraft
  • EVAC HD and Radient HD by Hexage
  • PewPew 2 by Jean-Francois Geyelin
  • Stellar Escape by Orange Agenda
  • Jumpy, INC and Meganoid by Orange Pixel
  • Death Worm by PlayCreek LLC
  • No Gravity by Real Tech VR
  • Crusade of Destiny by Divide Arts
  • Desert Winds by Southend Interactive

Lastly, Sony Ericsson has also announced the availability of new smartphone features for the Xperia PLAY. This includes plans for a new Facebook app which will allow users to recommend their favourite games in their Xperia PLAY smartphone on Facebook, as well as upload screenshots to share their high scores or memorable gaming moments with other users. Sony has also confirmed that the Xperia PLAY now supports Skype video calling via the official Skype app that is currently available for download off the Android Market.

No details pertaining to availability and exclusivity of the aforementioned game titles has been released by Sony Ericsson yet, although the company has claimed that the games “will be released in the coming months”, and that such information will follow in due course.