Sony Xperia Play - Another N-Gage?
15th February, 2011.
Announced a couple of days ago, the Xperia Play will have a 1GHz and will run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). It has a multi-touch LCD screen and a 5MP camera, boasting a 5-hour long battery during full-on game playing.
In essence, it’s a great idea and a cool phone - but here’s the problem: so far it can only play Android games and PSone ports - PSone? Really? What about PS2? The PSP is capable of playing PS2 quality games whereas the Play is stuck with PSone, a console that faded out almost 10 years ago. Bringing over Sony exclusives such as God of War or Metal Gear Solid would be a great selling point - but I suppose they’re scared of stealing share off their PSP. Although credit to Sony for encouraging game devs to be creative with their content.
The Play will supposedly have optimized apps made and released through the Android Market. Is it worth paying a premium for a phone that will cost more than the Nintendo DS that will play mobile games? Games that are quite lacking in depth in general and will have slightly prettier graphics than a ported version on an iPhone or normal Android phone? You can buy joystick add-ons for most phones for under £15.
Anyway, I can’t see this phone kicking off. Like the other Xperia models, they went from being expensive phones to bargain phones within 5 months last year, where as Samsung, LG, Motorola and even Nokia were able to maintain high prices for their smartphones. I hope this succeeds, but I can just see it becoming another N-Gage. I notice that a lot of people play games on their smartphones because it’s an extra option. Take that away, they’d still use the smartphone.
- supermodernist posted this