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May 12, 2011

Sony Xperia Play PS1 games not selling

by Darren Allan

We were never convinced about the viability of the Sony Xperia Play, the gaming phone with the slide-out gamepad.

And it doesn’t seem to have made much of an impact since launch. One of the attractions of the phone was the availability of old classic PS1 games, but apparently these aren’t shifting according to a report on PlayStation Lifestyle.

Some of the PS1 games have only sold a couple of hundred copies, and even the biggest seller, Destruction Derby, has only managed between 500 and 1000 units.

Dominic Neil-Dwyer, Head of Market Development at Sony Ericsson, defended the sales figures in an interview with PlayStation Lifestyle.

He said: “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.”

He then went on to use the phrase that Sony was “very happy” with where they are pushing out PS1 games currently quite a number of times (more than the number of units shifted by some of the games, we might suggest).

Or could these lacklustre figures for the PS1 games reflect lacklustre sales of the device itself…

In fairness to Sony, the current crop of games aren’t exactly the pick of the bunch when it comes to PS1 classics, so when some bigger names are pushed out there, maybe we’ll see some equally bigger numbers.

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  1. There should be more PS1 titles , the problem is if you look at how many are availble on the PSN its going to take years for this to translate for the pssuite Xperia Play , i beleiave because of this it may not be the big hit sony what,

    However ultimatly if they had just released a psp emulator all problems would be sovled and this phone would be a run away hit , if i can see it how come sony carnt…???

    Comment by oiwncnoiwnj — May 12, 2011 @ 11:38 am

  2. The range of games is a little poor.
    Put Wipe Out on there and a few other classics from the PS1/2 era.
    Gran Tourismo, Destruction Derby, Resident Evil, Final Fantasy(!).

    Remember people who own this phone are probably in their 20′s-40′s so provide games to the demographic!

    Street Fighter, Silent Hill, Tony Hawks, Castlevania, Metal Gear, just look at the old top sellers!

    Comment by Chris — May 12, 2011 @ 11:47 am

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