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“This is Just the Start” – Sony Ericsson Talks Xperia PLAY Launch, US Market and PlayStation

Analysts and gamers have been calling for a fusion between PlayStation and Sony Ericsson ever since the PlayStation Portable was announced, with many touting the “PlayStation Phone” as a true iPhone rival. While the Xperia PLAY is more Xperia than it is PlayStation, it is still the first truly dedicated gaming phone since the ill-fated N-Gage, with a slide-out gamepad and the might of Sony Computer Entertainment behind the product. But one month in to the device’s European release, has the phone been a success? Will it be big in the States? And what’s left to come for the device? We asked these questions and many more in an exclusive interview with Dominic Neil-Dwyer, Head of Market Development at Sony Ericsson.

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ftwrthtx3025d ago

If the Xperia Play had a slide out keyboard, I'd pick one up in a heart beat.

It did have a nice feel to it at GDC, but no real keyboard is still a deal breaker.

Nice interview BTW.

decimalator3025d ago

Now that would be epic, a slide-out game pad, with a slide-out keyboard that slides out of it.

Having used a touchscreen Android phone for the past year, I wouldn't miss a physical QWERTY, but for me to jump ship from my current carrier to be able to pick one up, it would have to be a lot more "PSP Phone" than "SE Phone with some PS bits thrown in". It's a step in the right direction, but too small of a step for me to bite.

ftwrthtx3025d ago

My LG Ally has the slide out keyboard and the touch screen keyboard. My fingers just don't work well with the touch screen. Gotta have the slider

Menech3025d ago

I honestly don't see it being a revolution, anyone upgrading now should be looking at dual core phones with more then twice the processing power of this.

Why on earth they used a single core snapdragon this late into the life cycle in beyond me.

They could of emulated PSP games with some decent programming and the Dual cores.

T3mpr1x3025d ago

I don't care that it has a single core, the controls clinch it for me still as a must-buy. Gaming via touchscreen or mini keyboard never works right. So my games won't look quite as pretty - big deal.

Falaut3025d ago (Edited 3025d ago )

I was thinking about that when this thing was announced. A TRI slide setup. Imagine simply a third "slate" on the very rear that would slide out the opposite way of the gamepad and reveal a keyboard!!! I think it would work, albeit make a phone a tad thicker.

And I think there is an experia with a keyboard instead of the gamepad.

BigWoopMagazine3025d ago

You know, if I could play the games I already own on it, I'd seriously consider buying this. But having to rebuy stuff I own is lame and gimmicky, so I'm sticking with the good ol' free phone with a contract renewal deal.

dopeboimagic923025d ago

I need a GSM version in the US and $700 on Amazon for the unlocked version is too much.

doctorstrange3025d ago

An iPhone with real buttons and PlayStation support and I'll be over the moon.

At the moment, I agree iPhone beats this out as a phone, but as a gaming device, Play wins by having buttons.

dragon823025d ago (Edited 3025d ago )

I don't need a phone with buttons or PlayStation support though.

doctorstrange3025d ago

We don't need anything to do with games, it's all about want.

Don't you want to be unlocking trophies on your phone?

stealth500k3025d ago

in other words sales have been terrible.............thats what he said without saying it

doctorstrange3025d ago

Gameloft did say game sales beat expectations. So who knows, my guess is it sold rather average, not terrible, but nothing stellar.

stealth500k3025d ago (Edited 3025d ago )

my guess is the combo of this psn meltdown and the ngp right around the corner people dont give a rats ass about this device.

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