Dec 08 AT 1:08 AM Taylor Wimberly 79 Comments

200 reasons to buy a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play


Last year around this time, one of the hottest rumors on the Android blogs was the PlayStation Phone. Just the idea of PlayStation branded phone had many of us excited, but the final product that Sony Ericsson released as the Xperia Play left some of us underwhelmed. Despite what you think of the device, it was one of Sony Ericsson’s best selling smartphones in the US since it was picked up by Verizon and then AT&T.

Today Sony announced that there are over 200 fully optimized games designed for the Xperia Play, which is quite an accomplishment. This is thanks to the 85 developers and publishers that have teamed up with Sony, including some big ones like EA, Konami, Gameloft and Square Enix.

Right now the Xperia Play for AT&T and Verizon is selling for only $0.01 on Amazon, so it might be the perfect gift if you have a young gamer around the house that wants a phone with a slide-out gamepad.

Next year figures to be even more exciting for the Xperia Play brand. Sony is promising “more great titles, more great devices, [and] more great gaming.”

Jonathan Geller of BGR recently sat down with Sony Ericcson President of North America Paul Hamnett and they discussed the future of the Xperia Play. Mr. Hamnett said, “We don’t want it to be just one phone that we tried in a gaming franchise. You will see further iterations of it going forward and you will also see PlayStation Certification on most of our smartphones going forward as well.”

Now that Sony is taking over Sony Ericsson and focusing on high-end Android phones, I expect we will see the next PlayStation branded phone early next year. Sony Ericsson had a huge presence at Mobile World Congress last year, so we should see several new products announced by late February.

If you passed on the Xperia Play and are still a PlayStation fan, what would you like to see in the next-generation “PlayStation Phone?”

Source: Sony Ericcson Xperia Games blog

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  • Christopher Chavez

    I regret giving up this phone every day. Didn’t have AT&T but I still should have held onto it as a gaming device =(

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Didn’t you trade with Edgar? I think he sold it down in Mexico lol.

      • Edgar Cervantes

        Prices for smartphone are up to the sky across the border. People are so much more willing to pay a fair price for them, lol. At the end, you win and they win. You end up getting more than an American would, and they end up very thankful for getting a good deal (in their terms). One of the benefits of living so close to Mexico.. lol

        • Edgar Cervantes

          *you end up getting more than an American would pay*

          • Alex

            Hmmm interesting fact! I’ll keep that in mind if I ever need to sell my G2

    • Edgar Cervantes

      It was a great phone, but I was not using it for gaming as much as I thought I would. It was time to move on… lol. The game selection is good, but most games are not as great as the actual PSP games… I expected more…

      • erikiksaz

        It took them a little longer to get off the ground than I thought they would.

        Seriously, PSX emulation, WHAT HAPPENED?!

    • mr 1338

      i cant wait for the xPeria Play 2 with dualcore or even quadcore i´ll get it for sure

  • Chuck Mullen

    I am on the fence, I think I am too late to get one now, at least on a contract, but maybe buying one on the after market… however Id REALLY jump on a DUAL CORE 2 GIG 5 itch display model… even on CONTRACT which I find amazing knowing how much I hate those deals.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Not sure which carrier you have, but you can get the international unlocked version for around $300 on Amazon too. The quad-band GSM version should work on AT&T and T-Mobile.

  • stenzor

    Until the phone can be really thin, still have the buttons, and be powerful, I don’t think I’d get one… Especially now when you can just plug in most phones into your TV, grab a controller and play. Sure there may not be as many titles, but they will come.

    • erikiksaz

      I’m getting too old to carry around a video console in my pocket, too =p

      BUTTTT, their designs are so slick! Once their hardware bulks up they can def compete with the likes of HTC and Samsung.

  • Mitch Sears

    Take the VIta specs. Add phone button. Rake in the money.

  • Edgar Cervantes

    I would like to see the phones actually having access to the playstation store. And i mean the real playstation store, not just playstation suite. It would be great if we could play official PSP games, or even PS Vita games, next year…

    • faun

      With Sony buying out the partnership this kind of tight integration should be possible in future, which is very exciting. Previously they had to kind of compromise and leverages Sony assets, but without giving away too much and muddying up their brand.

      I hope Sony really makes the most of having full control of their mobile division – we could even see an actual “Playstation Phone” (both in name, and in function) in years to come!

  • staryoshi

    I knew the article title referred to 200 games, but I was secretly hoping that I would find a 200 item long list :)

    • Alex

      Get 200 people to each post a different game in the comments XD

    • BruceCLin
    • Ilyse Rose

      Came here expecting that as well.

  • spintrex

    I’m still hoping to see an integration with a truly Sony PlayStation phone and the next iteration of PlayStation consoles, including portable.

    I think that would be just dandy… if only PS Vita had the option of being a phone running on ICS…

  • fathom614

    Put some up to date or future specs on this bad boy, release on all carriers and I’m sold. For a gamimg phone with pre dated specs when it first was released Sony was already fighting a losing battle. I personally like the phone, but i want Vita type specs more memory, better screen, multiplayer with my ps3. Microsoft is heading in that direction with wp7 so I’d like to see Sony beat them to the punch. So much can go right if your a gamer and want a gamepad type phone. You have your controller for tablet gaming in your hand.

  • Hall Lo

    more xperia play brand devices!! :D lets hope they will get better design + battery life!

  • Ruben Rivera

    I would be all over a phone with PlayStation Vita specs. That would be a dream phone.

    • MJM128

      Except for the battery! :(

  • Zeratoda1

    I would like to see a son smartphone on effing T-Mobile for once

    • Numbertwo

      I agree^^

  • YNWA

    I could see buying one of these on Ebay and using it just for gaming. I don’t think I would use this as an everyday phone. Then again at that point I may as well just get a PSP or Vita or whatever they are now.

  • Darknight42020

    With all the waiting most of us are willing to put up with, I will wait for the next one. A friend has one and it’s a good device in it’s own right, but I feel there will be a stronger focus on the next one designed. Good info though on the device itself. Didn’t know it actually had that many games for it lol.

  • Louis Nicolaou

    how many of these did sony sold? i havent seen a single person having one of them in my recent 2-years stay in the uk..and i see a lot of people every day… :s

  • cvt2002

    Ill buy the next PSP phone

  • Zhi Hao

    I would love dual analog sticks. Or an equivalent. The optical-thingy on the Xperia Play isn’t all that enticing…

    Oh and I’d like to see a PowerVR Rogue. Plus a few PS3/PS Vita titles. If they do use the Rogue, the next-gen Xperia Play should have enough ponies to pull along console-sized cartloads or eye candy. Maybe even at 1080p!


  • The_Diz

    Jesus, Jimi Hendrix and Abe Lincoln could swoop down from the sky and tell me to buy an Xperia Play and i’d spit right in their faces.

  • shiftylock

    Well… I own the at&t version of the xperia play and it’s probably my second favorite phone (to my infuse) I think its important to remember that XDA can make pretty much any phone into a powerhouse. Thanks to PSXperia my entire psx collection is in my pocket. Necessary? No. Awesome? Quite. :D

  • djembeman

    Here are the reasons why I didn’t buy the 1st PlayStation phone, Experia Play:

    1. No 4G LTE
    2. Not enough internal storage, especially dedicated to installing apps/games
    3. Need at least 8GB internal storage, but 16 is the new standard
    4. Could have had a dual core processor
    5. The next should be a Quad Core processor
    6. Above and beyond how thin the phone is, they need to make the phone comfortable to hold while using the dedicated controls.

    I’m seriously thinking that Sony missed the boat on their PlayStation phone idea. They didn’t make their first one competitive spec-wise and now devices are going to natively support the connection of a full sized video game controller. Asus Transformer Prime baby!!! With root, I’m pretty sure you can already use real video game controllers on most phones.

  • pikahatonjon

    i only wish it had a HD screen and a dual core processor

  • fathom614

    Let’s not for get HDMI out on this one either.

  • fathom614

    Let’s not forget HDMI out on this one either.

  • Kris Isaksen

    More internal memory is always an obvious request but a less tampered with version of Android would be amazing. Sony’s is always pretty ugly.

  • Martjn2

    I remember when you ran home from school to play some ps2 with awesome graphics. No you can have the ps2 in your pocket. Not good enough though..

  • barrycollard

    With the 10p/10¢ prices in Android Market at the moment this is now a great time to be an Xperia Play owner.

  • DjKarras

    Just a question on this phone: how’s battery life? It seems like a very critical thing to me…

  • Ayan

    This phone is awsome, I love the screen and the games. The huge no. of games and moreover the company is branding it as the their well known brand playstation. Its cool man.

  • behzadbayat

    So don’t play much, it does not make sense for me to buy a gaming device.

  • james bricknell

    Just waiting for the playstation certification to come to other phones as promised.

  • Bpear96

    Onlive on this phone could be pretty awesome :D if they optimize the controls for the xperia play, console games on a handheld device :D

  • Mykhaylo Tkachuk

    it should be FAT, you need to feel that you carry smth in your hands – no another ultraslim stick. As well as large internal storage, great battery and camera with a flash.

  • James Conley

    So slide out the controller to put it in battery/interested ladies destroyer mode?

  • Fabio Rojas

    For the next phone there should be definitively a high performance processor and gpu

  • Fede Montemurri

    Nice terminal, i want one xD

  • Jason

    The Xperia play has a lot of strength’s but it also has a serious flaw.

    The phone only has 500 meg of internal storage, and by the time you deal with all of the installed apps, you are left with around 100 meg to work with.

    The pre-installed games take up 10 to 30 meg each and cannot be moved to the SD card. The Verizon bloat also accounts for almost another 40 meg.

    In order to put more than 6 games on the phone you will have to root it and purge the Verizon bloat as well as move the pre-installed games to the SD card using titanium backup.

    The phone has a one click root now that doesn’t require unlocking the bootloader. It is a very simple process and completely necessary if you use the phone for more than just games.

    So far, no game I have transferred to the SD has given me any kind of trouble, not even the Gameloft games so go ahead and copy those things over and reclaim your phone!

    This has been a PSA from the “DON’T BLOAT A PHONE WITH ONLY 500 MEG” foundation.

  • charliethesuperturtle

    i need a quad core tegra 3, or snapdragon s4, on it and it to have a larger gae pad, a 720p display, a 4.5 inch display, and try to keep as thin as possible, then you got a buyer (but put it on sprint or tmo)

  • humidity

    In order for me to get one in the future, it’d at least have to have ICS.

  • jiggybyte

    speaking of mobile gaming, what’s the deal with the Zeemote giveaway from a couple of weeks ago?! Will we ever be notified of shipment or was that all a big show for nothing? :-(

  • zyphbear

    Like some have said, I think the concept of gaming all the time didn’t end up working out as well as they thought. I like to game on the go at times, but buying it for something that only happens every once in awhile isn’t worth it for me. Then it’s also the issue that SE was sometimes not updating the Google Desserts quickly enough.
    Finally, I think for a gaming device to work, you need to be able to have more ways to get your games. A Good example of that could be a version that is Vita compatible or that you can get some games from the PSN through your computer or PS3. In order for that to work out though, they need to have shared storage like on the Galaxy Nexus so you can have games that are as big as 1-3 GB.

  • donger

    Sony should make a successor to this phone, with a qual core of course.

  • wraithevolution

    I have an Xperia Play myself and I love it. While it’s certainly not as powerful as all the newest phones out there, the gaming more than makes up for it. I’ve not any problems running anything, I really hope I don’t have to get another phone unless they make an Xperia 2. One of my favorite apps for the Xperia is “Camera Mod for Xperia Play.” It allows you to use the shoulder buttons for the camera which is so nice.

  • mikesuds

    An Xperia Play 2 may be interesting, but it seems like that Playstation Vita would end up being better for gaming…

  • Mike Hanel

    better hardware (bigger screen, more ram, better processor) and I would sign on to one of these just for the gaming. Also put it on T-Mobile so I don’t have to go far to get it!

  • theJP

    My fear with getting an Xperia Play or any other gaming optimized phone would be that it would suffer in other areas. I’ll stick to phones that are designed for use as a phone but can also play games.

  • Clint Haynes

    Another downside of this phone – it is relatively heavy, our teen fumbles and drops his like a hot potato, almost time for an insurance claim.

  • Tal

    Seriously, there is room for one more high end product line in the market. Games are an ok strategy but premium products are also for business people. Thus in my opinion they should compete in the tablet-phone category more than anything else.

  • Hector Manzanarez

    1. Don’t make it exclusive to the most expensive carriers, T-Mobile please

    Make it strong. I remember my first PSP it was amazing the games were good and it could do everything. It was the best thing that I who was 12 at the time could own. This had very underwhelming specs when it came out.

    Tegra 3 up the screen size to at least 4.5 1.5 gigs of ram and more internal storage. Now that’s a PlayStation phone

  • ndub21

    If only these gaming phones had been around when I was a kid. They would have made my GameBoy Color and GameGear look foolish.

  • Ilyse Rose

    I don’t think this phone is right for me but it looks pretty awesome.

  • Shadowlore

    I’ve really tried to like the Xperia Play… I managed to get one for about a week, and while there were some fun things about it, the flaws far outweighted the strengths. It went back, and now I await the ‘Elanor’ of devices to come out on VZW.

    I imagine the next iteration of the ‘PSP meets phone’ will be stronger, but will also require the (proprietary) memory cards like the VITA uses… and they’ll charge $200 a pop for an 8GB version.

    In all seriousness, I’m REALLY sick of Sony not using standards.

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    Always wanted to try out this phone, now could be the chance, but sucks I don’t live in the US.

  • Thomas Biard

    I would love this phone if I played games as much as I want to, however, sadly it is frowned upon to play at work when I don’t feel like finishing my ACTUAL work.

  • eioous

    I would get one of these.

  • Kainoah Arnold

    Someone needs to come out with a phone like this:

    And then we’ll talk lol. Of course it must also have at least a quad core processor, 1gb of ram, 32 gigs of internal storage and at least be running ice cream sandwich but thats just my preference haha.

  • Chuxter

    What do I want in the next-generation of PlaySation phone?
    The answer is obvious: GAME GENIE… bring it back!

    Haha, no, but on a serious note, it would be nice if you could connect these phones to your PS and have it copy/convert the inserted game into a emulated ROM for the phone.

    • Billy

      Game Genie … awesome!

  • sylar

    Its a nice phone but I don’t really play all that many games on my phone I don’t need one dedicated to games or one that expensive to be entirely honest.

  • smisa27

    I’m not too sure if I really like this phone. It’s a great idea..but just not well executed imo.

  • Samar

    Much more intuitive UI, Thinner prifle device and lighter of-course. And for god sake, subsidize the prices Sony.

  • PeteBest

    Just picked up one for cheap in the UK sales recently, should be here over the next day or so. Will be a good upgrade from my ZTE blade!

  • Whatever

    poses paparies mporei na akousei kapoios edw?? akou ti leei o allos… den vlepw na to xrhsimopoiw gia kinhto alla gia gaming device. If u want a gaming device get Vita u Fool not a smart-PHONE(it is able to make phone call, u carry it with u all day, every day). !@#$%^&*(!@#$%^@#$%^&*@#$%^&@#$%^*

  • Steve

    Xperia Play 2 should have the following in my opinion:

    - 16 to 32 gb INTERNAL memory (the current 400mb is a load of crap)
    - 8MP or higher camera
    - Quad Core processor.

    You give me those 3 things and you can take my money.

    As far as extras:

    - Find a way to add 2 more shoulder buttons (possible on the back) so that the controls are the same as PS2/3
    - Make the phone lighter.
    - 5 inch screen
    - HDMI output with an additional port to plug in a secondary controller to play a friend for 2 player games.

    Do ALL OF THIS and this is the ultimate phone!

    • Steve

      The 2nd player controller is not really a huge thing because i’m sure you can contact a 2nd controller to the phone via bluetooth or wifi

  • Blaiz

    But then every second player would need to have the same phone