Sony announced that triple-A game titles will be coming soon for the Xperia Play. The statement was given this week in Gamescom, one of the biggest trade fair events for video games held every year in Cologne, Germany.
Representing the company was Tim Harrison, the head for Sony Ericsson’s content marketing and strategy. He revealed that more focus will be given to content design and production in order to mitigate the lack of titles for the Android device. No particular release dates were mentioned but the stated aim is to have more high quality titles by Christmas this year.
The Xperia Play is a unique device in that it is an Android smartphone enhanced for mobile gaming. Like the other models in the Xperia line it has the expected specifications such as 4-inch touchscreen and 5 megapixel camera. What this phone has which you don’t get from your typical smartphone is a slide out digital D pad, 2 analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons, and the 4 iconic buttons of the Playstation (circle, square, cross and triangle).
The hardware power that drives the offered gaming experience is a Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor and an onboard Adreno graphics processing unit. In other words, the Experia Play is what you get when you cross a Playstation with an Android phone.
Despite the device’s viability as a smartphone-slash-gaming device, Android users criticize its incompatibility with most mobile games made for the Android platform. This means Xperia Play owners will have to purchase the games from Sony. Take note that this is not the first time Sony has been disparaged about their content policies. The same kind of complaint has been heard regarding the PSP. Unlike this more established portable gaming console, the Xperia Play still has to build up and expand its catalogue.