Xperia Play

Gun Bros for Xperia PLAY App Review

We're about to go through a big fat marathon of reviews of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY's device-specific games here and we've decided to start with one that's been out for a few months but seems custom-tailored to be played with the knobs this device offers. Where before we were stuck with placing thumbs on the screen to control the two virtual joysticks this game requires, we're now allowed to use the two much more responsive (mostly due to placement) joysticks provided by PlayStation. Is it enough to make us want to move to Xperia PLAY to continue our game?

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Hands-On and Unboxing [Verizon]

Well what do you know? We got a PlayStation phone in the mail! This device is one of Verizon's newest handsets, it being produced by Sony Ericsson and of course it being the very first and only PlayStation Certified smartphone in the world. It's running Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread, connects to data via Verizon's 3G network, and it comes in a rather unexciting box. It'll sell itself, I swear! Inside the device you'll find more than just guts, you'll find a perfectly usable set of PlayStation controls including flat joysticks, directional pad, and four PlayStation buttons. There's also a start button, a select button, and an extra Android menu button so you don't have to reach all the way up to the side of the display. Left and Right buttons are up top (behind the display when open) and a volume dongle sits in the middle. Lets get our hands on it and see how it goes!

Xperia PLAY only $99 at Amazon [CHEEP!]

Oh my goodness Amazon, you are the king of deals. This device, the PlayStation phone, aka the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, is listed at $599.99, but can be yours for a mere $149.99 if you're upgrading your existing Verizon account, or just $99.99 if you're signing up for a new 2-year contract. Does that sound like a pretty good and deep and fabulous discount to you? Only thing that's negative here is that the device is back-ordered, which means you'll be waiting 8 or 9 days before it'll be shipped.

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]

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.

Xperia Play Wallpapers, Tetris, Office Suite, Sims 3, Music Widget

Well now we've been given quite a treat here! Now that the Xperia PLAY has been released in several places around the world, it's been being ripped apart for several minutes, hours, and days, and now its guts are being distributed across the earth. What we've got here is not only the regular set of wallpaper images at full size, but several APK files ripped from the original build of this brand new Playstation phone. Have a peek below and devour!
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