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Sony: Xperia PLAY Not Receiving Ice Cream Sandwich

Owners of the Sony Xperia PLAY across the globe, you will not be receiving the update to Ice Cream Sandwich. Sony confirmed in a blog post today that it would be difficult to update the device and keep a consistent and stable gaming experience. Part of their final decision was determined after they received feedback from the developer community who tested an ICS beta ROM. Sorry to spread bad news as we head into a holiday weekend.

We have updated our official Ice Cream Sandwich Update List.

Via:  Sony Mobile

  • Richard Walton

    For those Xperia Play users our there, make sure Sony knows you won’t forget this and won’t just be walked over.

    http://www.facebook.com/sonymakeforget

    Join the boycott. #SONYmakeforget

  • Richard Walton

    This is a total (probably not permitted to swear here) move by S/Fony. I
    bought my XP a couple of months ago because of the commitment given by
    SE to update it to ICS. To now cancel it with a half halfhearted beta
    release and an insincere statement is just typical Sony doing what they
    do best; alienating their few remaining customers foolish enough to
    place trust in them in the first place… count me on that idiot list.

    Is Sony seriously telling us that what they promised is actually
    technically impossible? its bs to suggest that they can’t improve upon
    the supposed gaming problems. Lets say some of the problems can only be
    resolved by the publishers releasing an update or fix, if they do that
    down the line then great, otherwise the buck stops with the publisher.
    Its nonsense to suggest Sony would be slammed for that. What Sony is
    responsible for is updating its own games (PS/pocket Store), encouraging
    publishers to do the same, and fulfilling its commitments.

    Lets say that Sony can’t (or more likely won’t) release the promised ICS
    update, what’s stopping them from releasing a value pack and the source
    code so that other devs can prove it possible and their own dev team
    just incompetent/unwilling. I mean, other than their long cherished
    stubbornness and couldn’t give a damn attitude? Never mind, I guess I
    answered my own question.

    UK consumer law should now mean than I’m entitled to return my handset
    for a full refund, and I fully intend to do just that. I loved having a
    real gamepad to play my games with while maintaining the functionality
    of a mid-range smartphone., which needles to say beats the awkwardness
    of playing games by poking my fingers at the screen, but I’d frankly
    rather have all my fingers chopped off than keep a dead phone or buy
    another Sony product again. The only question left is what next, Samsung
    or Apple.

    Fony.Make.Forget

  • beez1717

    This is total and utter BS from Sony. I think that they just didn’t want to put in the work to make ICS work (read: they are lazy) and that’s that. I’m running AOKPlay on my play and it runs smoother then butter sliding on ice. All the Play users should be telling Sony to get their rear in gear and get ICS out!

  • http://twitter.com/DustinK27 Dustin K

    lets be honest who bought this thing?

  • JagoX

    Yay for more BS from manufacturers saying ICS is not capable of running it! A co-worker of mine is running full blown CM9 on his Xperia Play, is having no problems, gets some pretty epic batter life AND his controller works just fine.

  • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

    in other words…they dont want to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/EricDraven13 Eric Oliveira

    Great, thanks a lot sony, you opened my eyes. From now on just buying nexus.

  • Rodys Gonzalez

    I CARE!;.. & ITS MY KIDDO’S NOT MINE;… DAMN IT!

  • aj522

    I like my play, the one thing that really bothered me is the 400 mb, that was the biggest mistake. I have my constantly maxed out with SNES, Genesis and PSX roms.

  • T4rd

    They really should have delayed this phone for a few months and put a dual-core/1GB RAM solution in it. I reeeeally wanted to buy it when it came out, but the specs were just too mediocre to justify it, esp. with its crappy ~400 MBs of internal memory. It wouldn’t have been much of an upgrade from my OG Droid in that respect.

    • New_Guy

      I love how people always love to downplay specs like theye’re only important on paper, then 8 months down the road…BOOM…stuck on an old OS for life.

      Ha! Specs turned me away from this phone from day one.

  • scooter1265

    I actually wanted this phone before the dual-core/4G craze hit. It seemed like a pretty solid piece of hardware. Too bad it won’t get ICS, but I’m sure that someone will get a ROM up and running for it.

    But, that might not be the best for it. I slapped GB on my OG Droid, and it slowed it down to no end. I hope the new standard for phones (by 2013) is a dual-core and a 4G LTE chip set. That way we won’t see phones left in the dust every 7-8 months or so.

    • mikesuds

      GB ran perfectly on my OG Droid thanks to Pete and others.

    • New_Guy

      …don’t forget the newly embraced 2GB of RAM as well. Doesn’t seem necessary now but wait until we see Jellybean released…

  • ceejw

    This phone has basically the same hardware as the Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro. Is Sony saying that gaming performance is going to be markedly worse on all these phones with ICS but that only matters enough to drop the update on the xperia play since it’s main selling point is gaming?

  • Richard Wolff

    I care was looking forward to ics

  • Gus

    Nobody is going to have a problem with this because Sony tried with a beta ROM and gave a legitimate reason. Moto with the Droid 3 on the other hand…

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Got to give it up to Sony, at least they tried.

      • Dan

        I feel like a Droid 3 with ICS would work fine

        • T4rd

          It would work fine. The Nexus S does it with older hardware and the same amount of RAM. Moto just doesn’t care to spend money/resources on the D3.

          • Craig

            Well obviously there’s more to it than that or Sony could get it working on the play. Hell if I recall correctly other single core xperia models are getting ICS

          • New_Guy

            Sure there’s more to it when it comes to the Droid 3…it’s called Blur!!! (or not-Blur…whatever they’re calling it these days)

          • Craig

            Yeah I’m sure you believe that. After all the Xperia Play on Verizon is on stock GB and still isn’t getting it.

          • New_Guy

            FYI…they didn’t say ICS wouldn’t work. They simply said it would diminish it’s precious PLAY experience. Again…what’s Motorola’s excuse?…

          • New_Guy

            FYI…they didn’t say ICS wouldn’t work. They simply said it would diminish it’s precious PLAY experience. Again…what’s Motorola’s excuse?…

          • craig

            You think there’s a difference? You’re kinda gullible aren’t ya? What exactly do you think is in ICS that makes getting the controller on the play working harder than it is on GB?

          • New_Guy

            It’s called RAM buddy…the OS uses it…apparently, so does video games.

            (Really)

          • Craig

            No sh!t you idiot. but those games aren’t suddenly using more RAM just because it’s ice cream sandwich. So where’s the problem?

          • New_Guy

            Tell ya what, kid-o, why don’t you tell me since you seem to have all the answers…

          • Craig

            and that my dear butthurt Droid3 owner is exactly my point, so next time you wanna blame blur with no reason, why don’t ya just go kick rocks? Alright big man?

          • New_Guy

            Haha! You really don’t have a clue do you? Never owned a Droid 3, young buck. And, for obvious reasons, never will. But, I assume that that you probably own an Xperia Play; falling for all the hype.

            Might be a good idea to buy out of that contract and step up with the big dawgs my friend. I heard the One X is kind of cool =)…

            On that note, have yourself a wonderful night my friend. You’ve actually given me a reason to smile this evening.

          • Craig

            couple of problems….
            You spelled dog dawg, and you think owning a nicer phone makes someone a big deal? Lmao, not only are you borderline retarded, you’re also a poseur.

          • New_Guy

            Haha! I like you. You get all fired up!!!

            Carefull though. I think the PC term is “mentally deficient” these days =).

            Seriously though…get out of that contract. You only live once. Might as well enjoy it.

          • Craig

            Oh well if you say so it MUST be true…now if only I had an Xperia Play on a contract in the first place.

          • Craig

            couple of problems….
            You spelled dog dawg, and you think owning a nicer phone makes someone a big deal? Lmao, not only are you borderline retarded, you’re also a poseur.

          • Craig

            mm Iove the smell of cop-out in the morning!
            Nah I don’t know what the problem is, I just know what it probably isn’t, see there’s this thing called reasoning. You might wanna try it after you realize that blur isn’t the root of all of life’s problems.

          • Craig

            mm Iove the smell of cop-out in the morning!
            Nah I don’t know what the problem is, I just know what it probably isn’t, see there’s this thing called reasoning. You might wanna try it after you realize that blur isn’t the root of all of life’s problems.

          • Craig

            mm Iove the smell of cop-out in the morning!

            Nah I don’t know what the problem is, I just know what it probably
            isn’t, see there’s this thing called reasoning. You might wanna try it
            after you realize that blur isn’t the cause of all of life’s problems.

          • New_Guy

            …no, not life’s problems at all…just a phone’s =).

  • Dan

    Now all the hundreds of people that have this phone probably wont care :/

    • paul_cus

      Damn, beat me to it.