At a time when mobile gaming was starting to get a real feel for itself, with new games launching all of the time on the Android Market (before it was Google Play), Sony introduced the Xperia PLAY at MWC in Barcelona. It was essentially a mobile PlayStation. Good idea, right?
The device launched on Verizon in the spring of 2011, but never really caught fire. It featured a 4″ display, 1GHz processor capable of producing 60FPS, 5MP camera, and ran Android 2.3. In 2011 speak, that isn’t all that bad. Imagine if Sony produced something like this in 2016? A PlayStation phone with QHD display, quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and the ability to stream Fallout 4 directly from your PlayStation 4 console at home. That would be dope. (more…)
Remember the Xperia PLAY? The slider with the gaming controls underneath that was supposed to usher in a new hybrid of mobile phones and mobile gaming, but didn’t do too well. That device was the beginning of Playstation Certification, which means that Playstation gives (usually Sony) devices the OK to have Playstation games run on them. In their press conference today at Gamescom, Sony announced that Playstation Mobile is making a push for “bite-sized” games coming to phones and tablets sometime soon.
There were other interesting announcements during this conference, including the fact that if you make a purchase through Playstation Mobile, that game will be available on your PS Vita, your phone and your tablet with only that one purchase. Sony also announced that ASUS and Wikipad are now Playstation Certified partners, meaning you might be able to get some nice games on your Transformers.
Do these new announcements make you wish that your device was Playstation Certified?
Via: The Verge
Cheers Nick S!
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
We are almost positive that this update to build 4.0.2.E.0.57 for the Sony Xperia Play on Verizon is new, but truthfully, we had forgotten that this device even existed anymore. From what we can tell though, this hasn’t been released yet, so it should be on the way any day to owners of the device. After updating, you will see a bump to Android 2.3.4 with new VZ Navigator, screenshot capabilities, camera improvements (720p recording), and more.
The update is 66MB in size. More info.
The Sony Xperia PLAY sort of came and went without much attention from Android enthusiasts here in the States. It was supposed to be the mobile gaming machine of the century, but with lower end specs and no 4G, it struggled to take off. Well, what would happen if it was re-released with 4G? According to training that one of our readers is about to take this afternoon, there could very well be a new version on the way. No word yet on if the processor or RAM has been upgraded, but this would at least give on-the-go gamers a chance to play online titles more freely.
Once we know, we’ll be sure to pass it on.
A handful of Xperia PLAY owners received an update to Android 2.3.3 over the weekend, only we weren’t exactly sure what was included. Thanks for Verizon’s support pages, we now know all of the dirty details. Some of the games were updated, security enhancements tossed in, and a bunch of pre-loaded apps were included such as Swype. The update is 55MB and will bring your device up to build 3.0.1.E.0.88.
With no support documents to be found, we have visual proof that Verizon’s Sony Xperia PLAY is receiving an update to Android 2.3.3. It for the most part sounds like bug fixes, but won’t know for sure until we see documentation. For now though, if you own one, jump into Settings>About phone and try and pull it. Should be there!
Build should be 3.0.1.E.0.88.
Cheers Eric and Legion!
The long wait may be over for Verizon Xperia PLAY owners. The device may have finally been unlocked and rooted thanks to XDA member ashergray. He’s claiming to have a method that will be unveiled tomorrow and has provided screenshots of his successes for the time being. The top one is apparently the unlocking process, but you’ll also see screenshots showing proof of root below – something that had not yet been accomplished either. (more…)