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Sony Xperia Play 2 rumors squashed, launch looks unlikely

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Sony Xperia Play 2 rumors squashed, launch looks unlikely
The Sony Xperia Play is one of those handsets we'd label as different – it was the first and still is the only phone with a slide-out dedicated gamepad, which is great for gamers. Recently, we've heard rumors about the phone getting a successor, an Xperia Play 2, but the latest information straight from Sony rebuffs those rumors.

Now, this was partly because Sony is now fully integrated, so it can freely take from its PlayStation division, but chief marketing officer at Sony Mobile, Steve Walker, said that the focus is instead of delivering a connected experience and PlayStation integration throughout all devices. And by connected experience Sony includes its TVs, laptops, tablets and smartphones, and this together is what makes a big difference for the company.

"You don't need to release something 'exclusive' to grab a customer's attention, you have to offer a connected experience,” Walker said with a reference to the Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 4S.

Interestingly, the marketing chief lavished praise on the Motorola Droid Razr, as the truly innovative product:

"When the Motorola Razr came along we were shocked, it was a true hardware innovation. We will continue to focus on this with our future devices too."

source: The Inquirer

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posted on 30 May 2012, 08:20 4

1. Droid4Life (unregistered)


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

posted on 30 May 2012, 15:20 1

20. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


I know, right? My friend has the Play. It's AWESOME. I really think a Play 2 would be incredible.
True innovation by Sony.

posted on 30 May 2012, 08:25

2. remixfa (Posts: 14168; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


maybe if they released a play version that had top end specs instead of being outdated when they launched it. hmmmmmmmm??

Get a T3 or Exynos device, or even the S4 pro, and make it top end. If they would make it a cornerstone device instead of "a phone with a gamepad", it would sell a lot more.

posted on 30 May 2012, 08:54

3. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


I think you might be missing the point what the CMO is trying to accomplish. In the future, we won't need a dedicated device to run Playstation suite so whatever future phone you purchase, you can still play PS Certified games on it.

Saves your upgrade renewal on a phone worthy of being a phone and not something that's nearly twice the size of a Galaxy Nexus in thickness. Need a controller? There are several 3rd party companies that make bluetooth controllers, one of which gives you that DS3/Sixaxis look.

posted on 30 May 2012, 09:41

6. preetmalhotra (Posts: 78; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


lol..better equip with an i5 3570k..
:D

posted on 30 May 2012, 10:29 1

9. remixfa (Posts: 14168; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


they dont need to have a "PS certified game only" device.. just like the Vita has no place in the world.

What I liked was the idea of a dedicated game pad. There are a lot of mobile gamers out there. Having a dedicated game pad phone become popular would do WONDERS for the game ecosystem. You dont think the last hold outs in the iOS game world like Id and a few others wouldnt take notice that they could make games with controller based controls instead of on screen controls?

Its not the "playstation" part I want per se.. I want a controller device to be high end and popular to spur more app development.

posted on 30 May 2012, 11:35

13. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


FYI Gametel sells a BT controller pad that attaches to your phone easily. It supports a phone size up to a Galaxy Nexus and can be used on a variety of Android/iOS games.

Problem is it's pretty pricey and only available in the UK and some European countries.

posted on 30 May 2012, 09:41

5. Osama2332 (Posts: 10; Member since: 04 May 2012)


If it(xperia play) had at that time high end specs It would've still played the same games as it does right now.

posted on 30 May 2012, 15:12

18. jove39 (Posts: 1331; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Well...sony has their own top end soc running in PSP Vita...only if they could build a device like Galaxy Note with psp soc...I wont mind paying any price they ask!

posted on 30 May 2012, 09:03 2

4. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Well now, what did the Sony guy call a hardware innovation? Did I hear iPhone? No?

Oh yeah, it was the Droid Razr.

That's right. *does nerdy victory dance*

posted on 30 May 2012, 10:25

7. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


It doesn't say Droid Razr only Motorola Razr

posted on 30 May 2012, 10:29 1

10. Zephyron (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


Same thing really, just different software for different carrier .3./

posted on 30 May 2012, 10:28 2

8. Zephyron (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


Well, the RAZR is a pretty good phone for consumer standards for the most part

- It's thin
- Low latency high contrast screen
- Navigation is smooth
- Moto's software optimized well enough to run fluidly on the TIOMAP chipset
- Very thin
- Very good signal reception (though the same can't be said for it's wifi, where it's only good as opposed to flawless)
- Scratch (not shatter) resistant Gorilla Glass

The original XT910 RAZR real weaknesses are probably it's battery life and the sheer amount of heat it generated during operation (in Singapore, where the antennae has to work extra hard due to population density)

posted on 30 May 2012, 10:29 1

11. remixfa (Posts: 14168; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


nerd 5, up high!

posted on 30 May 2012, 12:34 1

14. snowgator (Posts: 3293; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Kinda fun to see Moto get a shout out, huh?

Sniggs and the King just giggle all day.....

posted on 30 May 2012, 15:18 1

19. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


You don't have to say that the Razr has better hardware: anyone on earth can see that! :D

posted on 30 May 2012, 20:26

23. BattleBrat (Posts: 1175; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Yep, the RAZR is just that good....

posted on 30 May 2012, 11:01

12. Lousclues (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


They're not releasing another Xperia play phone at the moment because it'll affect the sales of PS vita. I don't think that's what they want lol.

posted on 30 May 2012, 12:47

16. snowgator (Posts: 3293; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Than they are really missing the point, as mobile in general is killing the PSP market. Sony needs to integrate Android in general, sorta like what Microsoft is trying to do with their XBOX Live hub. (Which they need to get an app on all Androids and iOS as well, but a post for another day...)

posted on 30 May 2012, 12:44

15. snowgator (Posts: 3293; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


No, the Play wasn't a runaway hit, but it was an enjoyable phone for those that own it. And in the credit where credit is due department, it is one of the finest call quality phones I have ever used.

While I am really excited for Sony as a independent company (and Erickson is doing okay as well. Didjya see how much cash Sprint is forking over to them?? Geez....) and I would put them on my short list of Android manufacturers if I go that direction (along with Moto and Sammy), the no Play sequel will bum out my boy. That also probably means no more game support for his.

Bummer.

posted on 30 May 2012, 15:12

17. Jyakotu (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


The Xperia Play was a good idea on paper, but it just wasn't supported enough. Not to mention, due to the ICS upgrade, the gaming experience would've been ruined and that's what the phone is about. Also, many mobile games still require touch screen controls and I doubt developers would care to make their games support the game pad. Still, it was a good effort from Sony Ericsson, but they already have the PS Vita for its portable gaming experience and not to mention, it does have Skype and a front facing camera.

posted on 30 May 2012, 18:21

21. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


hey you must be stupid to think that sony did not support their ''one of a kind'' smartphone. Do some homework before you talk(or write). Don't mis-lead other readers.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1217060

posted on 30 May 2012, 18:40

22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Theirs no point in buying a PSP Phone if it can't handle the upgrade like the original does then theirs no point in buying it. Just glad I didn't bought the PSP phone like some people do

posted on 31 May 2012, 04:13

24. Iphone4 (unregistered)


out of date prosecer and screen. too thik and now no ICS. that explain it

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