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Introduction[edit | edit source]

With the rise of the Smartphone came the rise of Smartphone gaming, a phenomenon that was recognized as posing a serious risk to handheld gaming consoles.[1] The Xperia Play was a mobile phone game console hybrid concept that sought to bridge the two, leveraging the strengths of dedicated gaming hardware with the flexibility of a smartphone. While the Xperia Play was far from the first device to try this concept, it was the first Android Smartphone to try this concept,[2] as well as the first gaming smartphone to use a major console brand in its promotion.

History[edit | edit source]

Launch[edit | edit source]

In 2011 the Sony Xperia Play launched as a gaming oriented Android 2.3 3G smartphone that was gaming oriented and could play classic PlayStation games.[3] The critical reception of system was mixed, with reviews either tending to be lukewarm notes of a device held back by its shortcomings,[4] or containing beaming praise for the potential of the device.[5][6] The device was available in black as well as "Stealth Blue".[7]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Little is known about the market performance of the Xperia Play. However a followup device was never released.[2]

In late 2020 images of a potential Xperia Play 2 were leaked online, but could not be verified.[8][9]

Technology[edit | edit source]

The Xperia Play uses a 32 bit single core ARM Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon clocked at 1 gigahertz, with a Adreno 205 clocked at 266 megahertz, and a Hexagon DSP clocked at 256 megahertz.[10][11]

The Xperia Play has 512 MB of LPDDR2 RAM.[10][11] While this matches the amount of RAM used by Sony's PlayStation Vita,[12] this was fairly standard in what Android phones typically offered in 2011, with several higher end phones offering a bit more RAM or even double this amount.[13]

Xperia Play optimized games[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Console Hardware[edit | edit source]

Promotion of the Xperia Play[edit | edit source]

Photos taken with the Xperia Play[edit | edit source]

External Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "The road ahead in mobile games". VentureBeat. 10 July 2011. https://venturebeat.com/2011/07/10/the-road-ahead-in-mobile-games/. 
  2. a b "A brief (and depressing) history of gaming phones" (in en). Engadget. https://www.engadget.com/2018-06-09-a-brief-and-depressing-history-of-gaming-phones.html. 
  3. a b "Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play" (in en-us). https://www.wired.com/2011/05/sony-xperia-play/. Retrieved 30 October 2020. 
  4. "Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Review - IGN" (in en). https://www.ign.com/articles/2011/05/28/sony-ericsson-xperia-play-review. 
  5. Hanlon, Joseph. "Sony Ericsson Xperia Play" (in en). CNET. https://www.cnet.com/reviews/sony-ericsson-xperia-play-review/. 
  6. Chester, Edward. "Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Review" (in en). Trusted Reviews. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/sony-ericsson-xperia-play. 
  7. "AT&T launches Sony Ericsson Xperia Play with Gingerbread, blue color option" (in en). Engadget. https://www.engadget.com/2011-07-12-atandt-launches-sony-ericsson-xperia-play-with-blue-color-option.html. 
  8. Vincent, James (23 September 2020). "The sequel to Sony’s PlayStation Phone apparently leaks, eight years too late" (in en). https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/23/21452167/sony-xperia-play-2-playstation-phone-prototype-concept-leaked-images. Retrieved 30 October 2020. 
  9. Minkov, Radoslav. "This PlayStation Phone was ahead of its time – Odd Phone Mondays". Phone Arena. https://www.phonearena.com/news/playstation-phone-xperia-play-was-ahead-odd-phone-mondays_id133527. 
  10. a b "Sony Ericsson Xperia Play review" (in en). https://www.engadget.com/2011-03-28-sony-ericsson-xperia-play-review.html. Retrieved 30 October 2020. 
  11. a b "List of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors" (in en). 22 October 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Qualcomm_Snapdragon_processors. Retrieved 30 October 2020. 
  12. Yin-Poole, Wesley (18 August 2011). "Sony: why PS Vita has 512MB of RAM" (in en). Eurogamer. https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-08-18-sony-why-ps-vita-has-512mb-of-ram. 
  13. PM, Elias Samuel 01/11/11 AT 2:18 (11 January 2011). "Is Motorola Atrix 4G first smartphone to feature 1GB RAM and longest battery life?". International Business Times. https://www.ibtimes.com/motorola-atrix-4g-first-smartphone-feature-1gb-ram-longest-battery-life-253455. 
  14. a b c Hanlon, Joseph. "Complete list of Xperia Play optimised games" (in en). https://www.cnet.com/news/complete-list-of-xperia-play-optimised-games/. Retrieved 30 October 2020.