Xperia Play launches in US next week

Having been available for nearly two months in Europe already, the Xperia Play is finally gearing up for a US launch. Gamasutra has confirmed that the PlayStation certified phone will release next week, on May 26.

Available for $199 with a two-year Verizon contract (which in-turn asks for $29.99 a month), the phone will come loaded up with the same games available from the EU launch. That includes Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, Bruce Lee Dragon WarriorCrash Bandicoot, Madden NFL 11, Star Battalion, The Sims 3 and Tetris.

Look for the Play to hit next Thursday.