As it stands today, on the day of review and the precipice of its launch, the Play is looking out on a pretty barren gaming landscape. The Android titles up for grabs are not exclusive to the device and don’t necessarily benefit all that greatly from its unique control scheme, whereas the catalog of classic PlayStation content stops after just one entry.
So with almost no differentiating software of its own, the Play is really relying on the strength of its gamepad to round up willing participants in its gaming revolution. We concur that that’s indeed the phone’s main strength, with good ergonomics and an extremely durable sliding mechanism. Nonetheless, the poor quality of the screen and good, but not great, hardware spec force us to be reluctant about recommending it as a sage purchase at present. Perhaps it picks up a loyal following, from both developers and fans alike, and within a few short weeks, we’re all looking at a device with a rich ecosystem of compelling tailor-made content and a ton of reasons to own it. But as for today? We’d rather spend our cash elsewhere in the Android cosmos and hold out hope for the PlayStation Phone 2.0.
Engadget got their hands on the device and did a full review. Head on over to their website for more on the XPERIA Play: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play review