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.
Despite what some people may think, there’s a tonne of games out there for the Xperia PLAY (“PlayStation phone”), it’s in the PlayStation/PSOne games department that it is lacking… Since launch, there have been just nine PlayStation/PSOne games available, with no sign of additional titles on the way.
Further to this, it is common knowledge that Sony Ericsson have internally shown that the Xperia PLAY (*”PlayStation phone”) is capable of running the Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable) versions of LittleBigPlanet, Invizimals and God of War… Yet there has been no indication that the public will see these titles made available in the future.
What Sony Ericsson need is more PlayStation/PSOne titles to become available, and “key” Sony Computer Entertainment “hits” to become available (such as the three mentioned above) – do that, andf this thing will see like hotcakse!