Dialling up fun
Sony Ericsson tests the water with its combined phone and PlayStation, writes Joshua Grech
games ported across to the Google Android platform.
Sony Ericsson has also ensured Android-specific titles can be made available for this phone, and more than 30 have already become so. No game should cost more than $10 and the average game will be about $6.
It’s a reasonable start, but questions linger about how existing PlayStation gamers will be able to access content they already own and use on other Sony gaming products.
Separate to this debate is the phone side of things.
The Play uses the very latest version of Google’s software, Android Gingerbread.
Android’s look and operation has been refined. It’s fast nd extremely intuitive.
The big question for the Xperia Play is where does it fit? Sony Ericsson insists it is first and foremost a phone, but say its point of difference is it being a gaming device.
With Sony’s PSP 2 (or Next Generation Portable) due out just months after the Play’s mid-year release, will the Xperia Play live in the dedicated portable’s shadow? Phone fans will decide.