Sony Xperia Play: What Do the Experts Think?

February 20, 2011
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Can you believe that we’ve been waiting over three years for this device? It’s true – it’s been over three years since we first started hearing rumors about the magical thumb-friendly Xperia Play.

Thankfully, the waiting is over. With Mobile World Congress finally over, the Playstation phone is confirmed, and will be available for mobile gamers everywhere. Officially named the Sony Xperia Play, it enjoyed its official unveiling in Barcelona at MWC 2011.

But it’s only now that the PlayStation phone has finally become a confirmed device – with its official name, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, enjoying its official unveiling over in Barcelona at MWC 2011. In all likelihood, it’s not the perfect phone for everyone. But for mobile gamers craving satisfying tactile action on the move, it will definitely have its fans.

We have our opinions, but today we wanted to bring you what the leading Industry experts are saying, and what sort of impact they think it could have on mobile gaming in 2011 and beyond.

What the Experts are Saying:

Andrew Webber, tech reporter at BBC News:

“It’s about time the two companies made something of the fact that Sony PlayStation exists. It’s a good idea.”

Kevin Lynch, technology editor at The Daily Mirror:

“Not impressed by launch titles unfortunately, they don’t offer anything above and beyond the iPhone, but it does feel comfortable to use and really like the fact that using the keypad means you’re not obscuring the screen. That sets it apart from the iPhone.”

Guy Cocker, editor at Gamespot:

“I like the device, I like the touch sensitive controllers. The graphics are good, but it’s all about the games. I want Wipeout.”

Luke Westaway, staff writer at Cnet.co.uk:

“The controls feel good, but still waiting on what games there will be. Metal Gear Solid from the PSOne would be great.”

Vlad Savov, associate editor at Engadget:

“I think with the PlayStation suite it gives it a reason to exist. Android by itself can’t provide the gaming, but this might just work Tekken 3, and Metal Gear Solid.”

Luke Peters, editor at T3 Magazine:

“I think it’s a tie up between two brands that have been a long time in the making. I’m impressed with the hardware, but worried about the frame rate. How will they make it different from the NGP? The PSOne game I most want is FIFA 94.”

Leila Makki, tech commentator:

“What I like is that it’s easy to use, but it needs to be faster. Not sure dedicated ‘something’ on a mobile phones works. They are supposed to be convergence devices.”

Rob Kerr, editor at OneMobileRing.com:

“Potential to be a good universal gaming device where you can play people on consoles on the same game with the handset, something that Microsoft have still yet to crack.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is certainly going to sell well, as the first PlayStation Certified device and the first specialized Android gaming phone to hit the market. It will feature a slide-out gamepad, a 4″ LCD screen, and a second generation 1GHz Snapdragon chipset.  To make matters more enticing, it will have a a dedicated section on Android Market for it, which will list titles written specifically for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. The only caveat that potential buyers should know is that you won’t be able to play original PSP games.

Stay tuned for more!

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