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Xperia Play coming to UK networks this April

'PlayStation Phone' to be available on O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange

Sony Ericsson's newly confirmed Xperia Play handset, previously known only as the PlayStation Phone, will be hitting UK shops this April, if news reports and tweets from the major UK networks are to be believed.

Four of the country's mobile carriers have now confirmed that they will be providing the Xperia Play, with Vodafone and O2 joining T-mobile and Orange in their support of the device. The only major UK network yet to confirm that it will be selling the handset is Three.

The reports come from various official tweets from the networks, alongside inside sources quoted by technology blog Pocket Lint. An April release would mark a quick turnaround to market for the Xperia, which was finally officially confirmed earlier this week after featuring in a prime time TV ad during the Superbowl on Sunday.

The device is an Android platform, with a sliding shell containing the familiar branded PlayStation buttons and D-pad. Sony has promised full technical details on February 13.

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Latest comments (5)

Robert Kelly10 years ago
Is Sony allowed to release any I formation on this phone by itself?...
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Miguel Melo Principal Software Engineer/Product Manager 10 years ago
I would get one if it were not for the fact that I just _know_ they are going to price it silly out of the market.
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James Steele Senior Software Engineer, Nintendo of Europe GmbH10 years ago
Am I right in thinking that it will only play PS1 games? If so, really, what's the point? With all the country specific restrictions that Sony have on PS1 games on PSN (anybody tried playing the German translation of MGS? Awful) I'm not sure anybody wants to pay a pemium price for it.

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Adam Campbell Studying Games Technology, City University London10 years ago
I'll be disappointed if Three don't do it, I'm considering this phone and their 3G coverage/reception is second to none, I've been dying to go back..

@James

It will play PS1 games, but it's supposed to any games made for Sony's new "Playstation Suite", their Android/NGP equivalent to iTunes we assume.

May be some interesting things to come out of it for Android, quite exciting. That said, as their new PSP supports it too, I'm sure some will just stick with that..
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Private Industry 10 years ago
There is also PlayStation Suit what games exactly this bring is unknown so far.

Played the German version of MGS when it came out given I was like 14 or 15 (don`t tell that PEGI :D ) back than I probably didn`t mind the translation :D

It`s not that much of country restrictions from Sony on PS1 games as it is more like MGS as example was never release as a multi language game it had it`s SKU for each country and language there is just no way to change that and decide to just make one file for the EU with all the languages. The same reason why you still need to change the Disc via the XMB menu that would require to change things in the code and requires studios to actually still have it somewhere.

You can always try to make an Irish account and top it up with a German PSN card, given that it`s Euro in both countries it should probably work and in case you buy DLC in most cases (except a few exceptions) the DLC from that store works with the German games anyway.
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