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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY benchmark results don't break any new ground (video)

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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY benchmark results don't break any new ground (video)

Cold blooded benchmarking is what reveals the actual performance of a chip and in the case of the SonyEricsson Xperia PLAY it's a key part as the gaming centric handset relies on graphically intensive games. But how does it rate to the rest out there?


We ran a couple of benchmarks to see how the graphical part of the single-core Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset with Adreno 205 graphics on the Xperia PLAY performed. First the Quadrant Standard Edition application showed results varying in the 1500's, comparable to what the recently released HTC Incredible S can reach. At the same time, the dual-core heavyweight LG Optimus 2X scored nearly 2400 on the same test. But Quadrant is a comprehensive test and to further separate out the graphics we had to turn to An3DBenchXL, a benchmark measuring the 3D graphical punch power. The following series of tests showed that the Xperia PLAY was no front-runner in delivering the best of graphics. We ran the following tests on the Xperia PLAY along with the LG Optimus 2X and the Samsung Galaxy S without lagfix:


Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY benchmark results don't break any new ground (video)

This rather detailed breakdown shows that the Xperia PLAY - while being definitely capable - is far from reaching higher grounds in the graphical department. Actually, its performance compares more to the one on the last year's Samsung Galaxy S. We wished we could justify this by saying that it's the software that matters, but currently the XPERIA Play has only 6 exclusive PS titles in store. The bottomline seems to be that the gamepad is what truly defines the first PS-certified handset. It's a huge plus nevertheless – it frees up the screen and boosts your gaming a great deal, but graphic-wise the XPERIA Play is no technological wonder.


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posted on 07 Apr 2011, 10:23 1

1. VZW Rep (unregistered)


This is pretty disappointing, but not all that surprising.

I don't understand the strategy or the timing with the release of this device. It's clearly less powerful than the upcoming NGP, and Sony doesn't seem to really want to promote this phone as the "official" Playstation phone- other than Play being incorporated into the name one would barely know it has anything to do with the playstation brand. It would make a lot more sense if they just promoted it as and Android gaming phone instead, because right now the expectation is for this to be on par with at least a PSP and that doesn't seem to be the case.

posted on 07 Apr 2011, 10:49 1

2. ap (unregistered)


The Xperia Play is certainly not a monster in terms of hardware....but it's a great attempt which will certainly get better in the future......From the day you guys got your hands on the device you spend more time trying to find faults and criticizing the device. There is no need to put a single core device against dual core devices as we all know which one(s) will score better.

posted on 07 Apr 2011, 10:55

3. Aritra (unregistered)


My desire hd stock 2.2.1 scores 26,339 on an3dbenchmarkxl.and 1687 on quadrant.though when I bought it my first quadrant was 1753.:)

posted on 07 Apr 2011, 11:04 1

4. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Good job on this article PA. It was nice to see the scores :)

posted on 07 Apr 2011, 12:18 1

5. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


now.. lets pit it against a voodoo enabled galaxyS and see what happens. Its samsungs crappy RFS filing system that slows it down. Once voodoo converts it to ext4 it starts to show its beastly power.


real world though, there isnt a game out that can match the unlocked power of the hummingbird chipset in the galaxyS, much less anything dual core. So while its nice to look at benchmarks, when playing actual games the difference will be negligable. Were probably 1-2 years away from any android game that fully taxes the phones that are out now, so the Xperia play will be fine for 99% of games for the life of the contract... and it has a full keypad.

its not ment to be on the "same level" as the PSP, which is a dedicated gaming device. But if it can give you 75% of the quality of the PSP while doing all other android functions as well, i'd say its a much better deal than the PSP.

posted on 07 Apr 2011, 18:08

6. Austin F (unregistered)


Download Quadrant Advance off of SlideMe

posted on 07 Apr 2011, 20:03

7. cheetah2k (Posts: 768; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


IMO - Wait for the Xperia Play II

This device is just a teaser for what SE is looking at doing on this platform.

I just hope they sell enough to make a 2nd version - and watch what SE does for updates & long term support for this device to see if they really have turned a new leaf...

posted on 08 Apr 2011, 04:29

8. jura (unregistered)


my i9000 galaxy S with the official 2.2.1 rom performs a bit better than the device in the test...plus i have over 60 apps installed at the moment...
double dragon = 31.81
flower power = 23.15
ninjas' garden = 14.28
emperor's new clothes = 45.76
magical island = 33.28
total = 25676

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