3D graphics engine Unity has partnered with Sony Ericsson and will support development for the company’s new Xperia Play smartphone. The Xperia Play, also known as the “PlayStation Phone,” is a gaming-oriented smartphone that plans to leverage the massive library of games already available for Sony’s various console and handheld systems. The Xperia Play will run a version of Google’s Android 2.3 operating system, also known as Gingerbread.
Unity 3 already supports the Android operating system as part of its multi-platform development approach. The Unity 3 engine also supports Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, PSP, iPhone, PC, and Mac. The Unity engine is often used for development of freemium MMOs and virtual worlds, so any platform that supports Unity becomes friendlier to this type of gaming content. Unity is also famous for being developer-friendly, most recently offering an Asset Store to let developers quickly buy assets in-platform to speed along development.