Well what do you know – despite lacking a dual-core processor, it seems Sony Ericsson managed to move enough Xperia Play units to say it is “meeting expectations.” Since we don’t have their figures, we can only speculate what that phrase exactly means.
The information comes from Dominic Neil-Dwyer, the company’s head of market development, who (in an interview to Eurogamer) also said that the Christmas sales period will be key in determining whether the phone is deemed a success or not. When pushed to answer a question relating to Xperia PLAY 2, he cautiously said: “When you go into things like dual core versus single core, what a lot of people don’t understand or appreciate is the actual benchmarking and the ability of a device to do what they do, dual core doesn’t mean it’s faster. This is PlayStation Certified, and it’s been proven by all of the discussions of a very technical nature we’re having with publishers”
Although Sony Ericsson’s baby does have a dedicated gamepad, I can’t imagine that many people buying it over let’s say LG Optimus 2X, which costs about as much as the “first PlayStation certified smartphone.” We could go even further and unfairly compare the Xperia PLAY with the Samsung Galaxy S II but we wouldn’t get the right picture – the SGS2 costs more money.
Now I’m wondering, would you be willing to get the Xperia PLAY over some other phone in the same price bracket?