Tomorrow is the day the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play launches in the UK, but at least two operators won’t be carrying the gaming phone as planned.
We already knew that O2 has postponed the launch of the PlayStation phone on its network due to software issues. The handset will be delayed by a week or two on O2.
However, now it seems that Vodafone won’t be stocking the Xperia Play from day one either, citing supply issues – they simply won’t have the phone delivered in time.
Concerns then began to flood forth about whether the Xperia Play launch would be happening at all on April 1st.
Sony Ericsson has moved to calm fears, however, telling MCV that tomorrow’s launch is definitely still on, despite some freight issues.
MCV quoted a statement issued by SE which read: “We can confirm that the Xperia Play handsets are still planned to launch in the UK for April 1st, as originally communicated.”
“However, as of today, we have experienced a freight issue that may impact the number of Xperia Plays arriving at some retail outlets. This said, consumers can purchase Xperia Play as of April 1st at a number of stores across the UK.”
So, it sounds like a bit of a lottery, but the gaming phone will definitely be on sale at some outlets for keen early adopters. With the rest of the stock presumably languishing in a shipping container somewhere.