The “PlayStation Phone” will be a huge seller, but it shouldn’t be one!

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Source: Sony Ericsson

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, otherwise known as the PlayStation Phone, should be released later this year (hopefully by summer). The iconic gaming franchise will make its way onto the Android operating system with a huge fan base ready to buy their product, but are the fans and consumers being scammed? This summer we will see an arsenal of new-generation superphones that will have dual-core processors and larger amounts of RAM, however, this “revolutionary” device will only have a single-core processor and 512 MB of RAM (as opposed to the 1 GB that will be found in the  summer superphones). This means that by summer, OTHER phones will be released with MUCH higher gaming capabilities than the Xperia Play.

Why would Sony Ericsson release a gamer-centric phone if it can’t even play the best games available? Nvidia’s Tegra Zone is an alternative market that provides quality games exclusive to devices that can handle them (namely devices that utilizes Nvidia’s own Tegra 2 processor, or other dual-core chips). By not incorporating a dual-core chip into the Xperia Play, Sony Ericsson immediately blocks their consumers from accessing a myriad of higher-quality games. Also, Xperia Play users will most likely experience more lag than their dual-core competitors.

Although I love the idea of integrating a controller into an Android phone, I can’t see myself buying a phone with such disappointing hardware. If I’m going to shell out a couple hundred dollars on a gaming phone, I want my phone to be able to play ANYTHING without a hitch. I’m not saying this phone won’t be good, however, Sony Ericsson had the potential to set the standard for smartphone gaming, but ruined it with subpar hardware.

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Posted on May 2, 2011, in Devices, Thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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