Sony's made no bones about its intention to update all of its 2011 Xperia Android phones to Ice Cream Sandwich. But a recent update to their official website has given the folks at Xperia Gamer reason to doubt Sony's commitment. The updated website shows a list of devices slated to receive the Android 4.0 update, with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play conspicuously absent.
The source claims that this is an indication that the Xperia Play isn't getting upgraded at all. I'm taking it with a bit of salt - after all, there's already an official beta ROM available for the Play, so Sony's clearly invested quite a lot of time into the updated software already. That said, there have been pretty extensive problems reported with the beta ROM, especially when it comes to game compatibility - a must-have for a gaming focused device.
We can hope that this is just some copy editor's omission, and that Sony hasn't abandoned the commitment it made early this year - for which it got a significant bit of good will from the more zealous portions of the Android community. At least both devices are is unlocked, so those with the skill and inclination can mod the software. There are already multiple ICS ROMs available for the Play.