Sony’s Xperia Play jumped right into the mobile space not long ago and was ready to take on any phone that stood in its way. Initial reports were that the system was a tad buggy to begin with but like everything, time is a healer and in this case, patches can sort out all manner of issues. One thing they can do is actually get you to buy games for it, PS1 games to be specific. After all, that was a heavily marketed feature of the Xperia Play and a reason why it comes with a slide-out controller. Not so for consumers who bought the Android enabled phone. After a month of being on sale, the PlayStation Classics selection of games have barely hit the 2,000 mark. Combined.
The five games in question are Cool Borders 2, Desruction Derby, Jumping Flash, MediEvil and Syphon Filter have been collectively downloaded between 850 and 2,600 times. That, by any standards, isn’t good. To be fair, the Xperia Play isn’t yet available in all regions but it is one sale here in the UK, a particularly Sony favouring country. Though the device is still very much in its infancy and the games on offer have probably already been played a number of times. Neither of them are particularly big titles either so with that being said, it’s not really that surprising the figures are so low.
Are Sony bothered? Not right now Dominic Neil-Dwyer, Head of Market Development at Sony Ericsson, told PlayStation Lifestyle. The issue is more to do with public awareness of the content than the content itself: “I think there’s also an awareness thing for people that are getting their hands on the device and where they are choosing to purchase games. There’s only a few, at the minute, PlayStation One titles there, and there’s more coming on a regular basis, and there’s the whole PlayStation as a content provider exclusive to the device, the story about that, that will emerge and people will see. So, there’s no concerns, it’s a revolutionary device, it’s shaking up the market, we’re very pleased with it. In terms of getting the PlayStation Certified program out, generally, we’re very happy. I think we’ll make a full assessment of if it has achieved our expectations fully, further down the line, so we’re very happy.” He also said that there’s still a lot more incoming but Sony are keeping their cards close to their chests right now, releasing information as they go.
One ruddy great thorn in the side of the PlayStation Classics’ selling power are the number of PS1 emulators in the Android Store. People can very easily pick up an Xperia Play then download one of those bad boys then play as many PS1 games as they please without having to wait for Sony to release or indeed pay for them. One has already been forcefully removed from the marketplace and I’d imagine Sony has their targets set on the others too.