Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY

Entire Vodafone New Zealand XPERIA Play stock stolen

Vodafone New Zealand has been forced to delay its launch of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play, after its entire launch stock was stolen. According to the carrier's Facebook page, a "major security" breach saw thieves make off with all the gaming phones. The carrier shared a (tiny) photo of what looks to be a store with a boarded-up window, though it's unclear if this single retail location actually had all of the Vodafone stock on-site. The handset is yet to be listed on the carrier's site. Vodafone hasn't said exactly when would-be mobile gamers can expect more stock to arrive. Conspiracy theories already abound, however, with some Facebook commenters going so far as to suggest that the carrier has staged a fake robbery to cover up a more mundane delay of the XPERIA Play. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

Verizon XPERIA Play arrives May 19 with seven game bundle

Verizon Wireless has confirmed launch details for the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play, which will drop on May 19. Priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement, the Android smartphone will be pre-loaded with seven bundled games. They will consist of Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior (Digital Legends), Asphalt 6: Adrenaline (Gameloft), The Sims 3 (EA), Star Battalion (Gameloft), Crash Bandicoot (Sony Playstation) and Tetris. There'll be a further fifty titles available in the V CAST Apps store for download. Online availability will kick off on May 19, while the Play will arrive in Verizon stores on May 26. More information on the smartphone in our full review. Press Release:
Verizon Wireless And Sony Ericsson Take Mobile Gaming To The Next Level With The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY The World’s First PlayStation® Certified Smartphone Combines PlayStation®-Quality Gaming Experience with the Latest Android Smartphone Technology 05/17/2011 BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Take conference calls, send emails and win football’s biggest game, all on one device. The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY, exclusive for a limited time for Verizon Wireless, redefines mobile gaming by combining all the features customers expect from a fully-featured smartphone with the ultimate gaming experience. Powered by Android 2.3, Gingerbread, the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY will come pre-loaded with seven game titles including, Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior (Digital Legends), Asphalt 6: Adrenaline (Gameloft), The Sims 3 (EA), Star Battalion (Gameloft), Crash Bandicoot (Sony Playstation) and Tetris. Customers can expand their video game library with more than 50 game titles available at launch for download via V CAST Apps. Customers easily become gamers with the slide out game pad revealing a directional keypad, dual analog touch joystick, two shoulder buttons and the four iconic PlayStation® symbol keys: circle, X, square and triangle. Additional Features: 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® II processor with Adreno 205 GPU Adobe Flash Player 4-inch multi-touch display 5-megapixel rear-facing camera VGA front-facing camera for still shots and video chatting Support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk, Google Search, Google Maps and access to more than 200,000 apps available to download from Android Market™ Mobile hotspot capability- share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices Pricing and Availability The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY will be available for pre-order online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning May 19, and in stores on May 26 for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. Sony Ericsson Xperia™ Play customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access and an unlimited smartphone data plan is $29.99 for monthly access. Game Developers The gaming experience can only get better as additional games are being created. Developers have the flexibility to focus on content and not worry about binary file sizes when submitting apps to V CAST Apps. Developers can visit http://developer.verizon.com/play for additional information about game development for the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. To learn more about the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY, visit www.sonyericsson.com.

Sony Ericsson defends sluggish XPERIA Play PSOne game sales

Sony Ericsson has dismissed suggestions that poor sales of its PSOne classic games available for the XPERIA Play are a cause for concern, arguing that it's a matter of awareness rather than lack of appeal. PlayStation LifeStyle [article offline at time of writing] spotted that Sony Ericsson's five PSOne launch titles had all been downloaded less than 1,000 times, suggesting adoption by XPERIA Play owners was less than impressive. Of the five, Destruction Derby managed the most downloads (500-1,000) while Cool Boarders 2, MediEvil and Syphon Filter all sputtered to 100-500. Jumping Flash came in last with an unimpressive 50-100. According to Head of Market Development at Sony Ericsson, Dominic Neil-Dwyer, this isn't a bad start:
"I think there’s also an awareness thing for people that are getting their hands on the device and where they are choosing to purchase games. There’s only a few, at the minute, PlayStation One titles there, and there’s more coming on a regular basis, and there’s the whole PlayStation as a content provider exclusive to the device, the story about that, that will emerge and people will see. So, there’s no concerns, it’s a revolutionary device, it’s shaking up the market, we’re very pleased with it. In terms of getting the PlayStation Certified program out, generally, we’re very happy. I think we’ll make a full assessment of if it has achieved our expectations fully, further down the line, so we’re very happy. We know there’s a lot more to come that we’re not, obviously, releasing yet. We’re releasing as we go, rather than telling everyone the full story, and I think everyone appreciates that you have a good line-up at the start of selling a device, because it is a smartphone and it has a good line-up – and that line-up will grow – and the feedback we got on that line-up is that it is a good line-up, so we’re very happy where we are."
As we warned in our review of the XPERIA Play over at SlashGear, the boost in gaming titles for Sony Ericsson's platform that's expected when the NGP arrives later in 2011 (and, we now know, which the S1 and S2 tablets will support) may come too late for the smartphone. By then, a single-core handset - even one with dedicated gaming controls - may be looking distinctly old-hat. [via GottaBeMobile]

Verizon launching the Droid X2, LG Revolution & HTC Trophy May 12th?

Summer is coming and it looks like Verizon plans to make it a big one as usual, with what seems to be an explosion of some Android powered goodness all at the same time. Can you say dual-core, err i mean 4G LTE. Verizon may be planning just that. It might not be the same day, but there is also talk of the Xperia play hitting two weeks later on May 26th. This sounds a bit like T-Mobiles April 20th launch of the G2x, G-Slate, and Sidekick 4G all on the same day. Maybe Verizon liked that idea.

Android Gaming Platform design at Yanko

Over at Yanko, there's a cool design for an Android gaming platform that could go head to head with Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play. The concept, which is being touted as the Samsung HD3 Console, would employ a 3D galaxy interface with an HD AMOLED multi-touch screen, have Dolby mobile stereo speakers, two analog sticks and a built-in microphone for chat. It also looks to stream live TV via 4G or WiFi, 250GB of internal memory and sport an insane 8MP front camera and 12MP rear shutter. And of course, it would run Android, presumably Gingerbread or above.

New Xperia Play Backstab game Ad pops up [Video]

Imagine if the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed took place during the 18th century in the Caribbean. That's the vibe behind Gamaeloft's "Backstab," which we reported last month was coming to the Sony-Ericcson Xperia Play exclusively for the first month or so. A new video of Backstab's game play has surfaced telling more about the back story. Backstab casts the gamer as character Henry Blake, a former British naval officer unjustly imprisoned for treason and has escaped to go on a mission of vengeance.

Xperia Play exclusively lands Dungeon Defenders

Game developer Trendy Entertainment has announced that the sequel to Dungeon Defender First Wave is launching exclusively on the Sony-Ericsson Xperia Play. The sequel, entitled Dungeon Defender Second Wave, will have 30 hours of new game play, as well as all the levels of the original game. In addition, there's a new player vs. player online game mode which users can enjoy either over WiFi or 3G. That means that gamers from all over the world can challenge each other no matter where they are. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Sony Xperia PLAY Boot Animation [Fancy Download]

The Sony Xperia Play is a great little device in case you didn't know. If you want to see it in action check out our Xperia Play Review by Chris Davies. Today we have a little treat for you guys. The Xperia Play is not for sale in the US yet, but for those that are anxiously waiting for it, you can now put the Plays boot animation on your phone. That should hold you over until it arrives for everyone.

Xperia PLAY Android ROM Dump

A relative newcomer (or so it would appear) to the game, son1c, has dumped the Xperia PLAY ROM on XDA Developer Forums. This is rather exciting as once this occurs, the rest of the fun can begin. We're in a bit of an odd place at the moment when it comes to this phone as it's not officially launched here in the USA, but basically the rest of the world has it in their hands - so we're sort of relying on the rest of the earth to let us in on the fun until we've got it here.
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