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Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play review: Bring your 'A' game

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play review: Bring your 'A' game - read the full textWith video gaming a sport in its own right, smartphones have no other choice but raise their game too. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play has strong ties to Sony’s gaming rigs, both portable and not, and Sony’s a big name...

 

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> In reply to TC @ 2011-04-20 22:19 from 0TqJ - click to readI'm pretty sure games install on memory card since you have apps2sd support in >=2.2.

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  • 2011-04-21 20:28
  • 39k6

Include GLBenchmark in your benchmark tests

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  • 2011-04-21 15:26
  • 2SMN

One thing you have failed to mention is the questionable legality of the PSX4Droid emulator. Emulators themselves are totally legal, it's how you get the BIOS file, as well as the games to play on it which is a bit of a grey area. And yes, while you aren't explicitly promoting the use of the emulator, I do think you should add something to the effect of "we do not endorse illegal activities" to that part of the review.

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  • 2011-04-21 13:28
  • LhWV

One thing you have failed to mention is the questionable legality of the PSX4Droid emulator. Emulators themselves are totally legal, it's how you get the BIOS file, as well as the games to play on it which is a bit of a grey area. And yes, while you aren't explicitly promoting the use of the emulator, I do think you should add something to the effect of "we do not endorse illegal activities" to that part of the review.

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  • 2011-04-21 13:27
  • LhWV

what would be cool would be a blueooth joypad like the SE phones of yor.... happy days

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  • 2011-04-21 13:07
  • IaCW

I havent managed to get psx4droid running on Xperia Play but fpse is working (and still on the marketplace, strangely). Would be interested to know which build of psx4droid was used in the review. There are serveral more PS1 games available but they are tucked away in the menus and are not easy to locate and purchase, which is a shame as these are the better games. I bought Syphon Filter for £3 and it plays great, much beter than in the emulators. Medievil, Cool Boarders 2, and Destruction Derby are also available legitimiately but I think Sony need to poulate this area faster, before they lose sales to the emulators.

Anyone any idea when PS2 games might arrive on the handset?

All in all, very pleased with this phone. Chose it because it offered something a bit differnt in a market dominated by the same old touchscreens.

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  • 2011-04-21 13:01
  • Mx@E

why do ppl always review with psx4droid .. its a crap emulator for ps1 ... fpse is much faster and better plays just about all games inc metal gear on the xperia at solid fps .. so if your into emulation and stuff like that its an awesome device

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  • 2011-04-21 11:50
  • M3s@

Another excellent and balanced review from GSMArena - got to love them...
Now then...
This phone, and I think the review nailed it on the head here...
It's not about the specs it's about the games..
And for me - not even the PS1 games, but the emulators (Frodo 64, Nesoid, Gensoid, etc.)
You know, I'll be upgrading from my Galaxy S - and yes G2 is fab but with the touch screen it makes the above games unplayable..
And as Android is still sorely lacking in decent apps vs iphone apps.. this for me might just fit the bill...
A nice 12 month contract playing games, by next year hopefully Play2!
The UI seems fluid enough and you could always you ADW or SPB 3D to speed things up!
And I have to say the white play looks really nice - will turn heads - doesn't look like a generic smartphone...
I'm 75% sure I'm going to give this a whirl!

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  • 2011-04-21 11:00
  • GjjS

They never mentioned if 2 players was possible hehe.

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  • 2011-04-21 09:57
  • v0q8

it's a portable gaming device just like PSP, PSP Go and and Nintendo DSi. The difference is that it can make phonecalls and do anything a smartphone can do. That's enough for me. You don't need a dual core processor for that.
Seriously, why would mobile phones need dual core processing? I think that mobile devices should be energy efficient instead.
And what's with GSMArena complaining about the size? I've seen wider phones than this (Samsung Galaxy SII is 125mm x 66mm despite the thin body) and GSMArena didn't harshly judge on them.
It's a damn good gadget i say, and i will buy one if only i have the money to spend :P.

Cheers :)

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  • 2011-04-21 09:55
  • PxiL

until and then se puts every thing in one device they are going to loose more and more customers. they have the technology but still putting the bad camera in play. stupidity.

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  • 2011-04-21 05:06
  • 2SN@

Secondary video call camera does'nt work over 3G for video calls in this phone and androids.

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  • 2011-04-21 05:03
  • U@$k

As expected. Another crappy phone powered by Android.

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  • 2011-04-21 03:45
  • HHHH

so late sony...but still will get attention of many especially those who like games on thier phone...proper support and pricing and this may start a new era on android...like it but hope price goes down...also not sure if spec can handle future games that will be released on android with the unreal engine...

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  • 2011-04-21 03:01
  • A5w1

nova2 really kick a$$ onthis. Multi player is a total rape - on the virge of unfair:)

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  • 2011-04-20 23:59
  • m{7T

> In reply to mark @ 2011-04-20 21:49 from 3JaV - click to readhmmmm "laggy and slow" ehh....where are you getting this from exactly? Have you actually used the phones or watched the videos? In all the videos I've looked at so far it's been pretty smooth. Unless you mean slow compared to dual core processors, then that's a whole different issue...

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  • 2011-04-20 23:48
  • 4fpN

Where is the FM radio ???????

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  • 2011-04-20 23:42
  • 0vR4

"Main disadvantages
Unimpressive camera"

Then why in the review you say that it has a good camera?

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  • 2011-04-20 23:41
  • 3XLT

An excellent and balanced as ever...
And food for thought...
Games on Android are nigh on impossible to control...
Maybe this is the answer?
;)

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  • 2011-04-20 23:38
  • HKye

I still feel that what I'm seeing is a prototype, and the reason for this is the keypad..i don't know, it just feel plastic and not worked out well.,overall a great attempt for gamers;)

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  • 2011-04-20 23:03
  • mp31

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