Lots of gamers have shown very little interest in the Xperia Play. I anticipate there will be a new version next year as there is with every other smartphone, and I see three basic things that Sony Ericsson can do to make the Xperia Play 2 far more appealing for gamers...
1. Replace the touch panel with actual dual analog nubs. We gamers don't like smartphones BECAUSE of having to use touchscreens to control movement and aim. We want our fingers to actually interact with the controls and get some feedback in return.
2. Stick a quad core A9 cpu + a SGX543MP4+ gpu + 960x540 resolution screen in the phone and release digital copies of Uncharted NGP, Little Big Planet NGP and Resistance/Killzone NGP on it.
3. Make it look like this...
or atleast this...
The idea of a trackpad in place of analog nubs seems like a missing the point. I thought the point of buttons was because virtual buttons on a flat surface was obnoxious.
Personally, I just need a new phone, so all Sony has to do at this point is tell me the price, Canadain release date and the carriers. As for it's gaming capabilities, I don't know much about the tech behind it, but I don't care much about it having NGP-level graphics just as long as it plays PSOne games, Minis, and maybe even PSP games. I mean, it is a phone after all; I don't plan to play games on it for three hours straight .
I am saying that the Xperia Play 2's library SHOULD be an extension of the NGP.
It's all about market penetration. Sony could get a lot more people to buy NGP games if the digital copies of NGP games also worked on the Xperia Play 2 (to be released late 2012).
It's already been confirmed that for most games, the use of the rear touchpad is entirely optional. You can play through the entirity of Uncharted NGP without ever using the rear touchpad once according to Sony. So why no make the Xperia 2 have the same specs as the NGP (quad core A9 cpu, SGX543MP4 gpu, LPDDR2 ram) and have the digital copies of high profile NGP games like Killzone NGP and Uncharted NGP also function on the Xperia Play 2.
A lot of gamers will be in the market for a cellphone when the Xperia Play 2 comes out. They could pick one up for a fraction of the cost of the NGP thanks to massive carrier subsidies.
Its quite simple for me, I'm currently interested in buying an android and the fact that the xperia play is not just a good looking phone but will also have a slide out ps button board and will most likely have ps1 and psp games is enough to swing my vote. If the price is competitive, the games line up is good and I've got the money then this will be a day 1 purchase for me. I have only ever had 1 dedicated portable gaming system, the psp and I sold it due to the fact that ultimately I never used it because of its lack of portability, an all in 1 device like this ticks all the boxes for me. A device with that has wifi internet, apps, phone, ps games etc all in 1 is frankly.....EPIC. I can play games on the bus, surf the net when i get a break in college without needing to bring my laptop, play music, watch movies.....1 device. I'm sold. But more than all that imagine a phone that you can play crash bandicoot and gta 3 on......
There is no way I would buy this thing. I think it's stupid. If Sony would have put a phone in the NGP and made it a little smaller, then that would be my perfect machine and I would get rid of my iPhone.
The xperia play or whatever interests me exactly 0%
I think the only reason I would buy this thing is if I had a lot of money to spend and got bored of all that money. I think they should stick to their respective markets, gaming.
I personally like the idea of this phone. I'm not sure if I will get a NGP as I don't have a whole lot of time to play a portable system. With that said, there are a few things that I require for me to buy the phone.
- Must be on the Verizon network (Rumors thus far have mentioned T Mobile and Verizon, but I don't believe that Sony has ever made a CDMA phone)
- It must be able to play PSOne games and Minis that I have all ready purchased through the current PSN store.
- It must cost less than the new Verizon 4G phones.
If those things are all met, then I will be buying this phone.
Id much rather have analog
I think most gamers agree, the lack of dual analog nubs (plus the inability to play NGP games) kills the interest in the Xperia Play.
Hopefully, the Xperia Play 2 will release late 2012 and correct both mistakes.
Yes indeed, I'm talking about the Xperia Play 2, to be released in 2012. By then, this should be very feasible as Sony will have moved from the current 40nm shrink on to the 32 nm die size by then (Intel will be using the 22nm shrink in 2012 and plan to license out the 32nm factories and processes to everyone that wants them)
It's not a big deal that the Xperia Play 2 probably won't have a rear touchpad. The use of the rear touchpad is going to be entirely optional for 99% of PSP2 games. Developers of Uncharted NGP, Killzone NGP all confirmed that their games can be played while entirely ignoring the rear touchpad and simply using the various buttons and controls.
If the Xperia Play 2 has the specs I listed in the OP (quadcore A9 + SGX543MP4, then it could easily play back digital copies of NGP games without any need for porting). They would be running off the same hardware.
I read the reviews of the "prototype".I can't see Sony making a combination PSP and cell phone.After Apple lost the court case of people jailbreaking the iphone.Anti-hacking Sony has learned for this.