The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, which was launched back at February’s Mobile World Congress, finally hit shelves in the UK in April, with an impressive catalogue of over 60 games.
Included in that 60 was an array of 50-odd existing Android Market titles, specifically reworked to take advantage of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play’s slide-out controller. Even better, there were five PSOne titles available from the PlayStation Suite. But does anyone care?
Well, in a word, not really. Ok, that’s two words, but sales of those PSOne titles have been depressingly low. Destruction Derby is the only one to surpass 500 downloads. The rest – that’s Cool Boarders 2, Jumping Jack Flash, MediEvil and Syphon Filter – have been downloaded less than 500 times.
The guys at PlayStationLifeStyle have been speaking to Sony Ericsson’s Dominic Neil-Dwyer, Head of Market Development, about those figures. Dominic was predictably keen to play down concerns.
Dominic explains: “I think there’s also an awareness thing for people that are getting their hands on the device and where they are choosing to purchase games. There’s only a few, at the minute, PlayStation One titles there, and there’s more coming on a regular basis.
“We’re releasing as we go, rather than telling everyone the full story, and I think everyone appreciates that you have a good line-up at the start of selling a device, because it is a smartphone and it has a good line-up – and that line-up will grow – and the feedback we got on that line-up is that it is a good line-up, so we’re very happy where we are.”
Happy with less than 500 downloads? Really?
Meanwhile, O2 is finally set to join the Xperia Play party at the end of Q2. Stuart Hibberd, head of O2’s testing team, previously said the PlayStation Phone was “nearly ready to go on sale” back in mid-April. Now it’ll be “the end of June”. O2 will no doubt be cursing those pesky bugs; they’d originally hoped to start selling the Xperia Play on April 1.
via: O2 Blog