Xperia Play PSP Phone: No Comparison to PSP2 NGP

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On Saturday we informed you of some of the best auto commercials that would be shown during Sunday’s Super Bowl. However, we were unaware that Sony were going to officially show off their upcoming Xperia Play (see for yourself in the video embeded below), which must of us know as the PSP Phone. So we know this PlayStation handset as many things, so how does it compare to the PSP2 NGP?

You might wonder why we would want to compare a smartphone to a handheld gaming device, but you have to understand that the Xperia Play will be used a lot for gaming as much as it will be a phone. The real threat comes from the iPhone not the new PSP2. Bonnie Cha from CNET Blog says that not much was reveled in the ad, but we will learn more on February 13, 2011. The other important factor is knowing which carrier will get the new handset – this could decide how successful it will become.

It is Techtree who points out that the gaming experience on the PSP Phone will not be nothing like that of the PSP2, as nothing was mentioned about the former device during the recent NGP conference. Having said that, Sony must know that the Xperia Play will not do both as good as a dedicated device, and that would not even want to.

This is the reason why the new device will be more for casual gamers, just like the iPhone then. Nachiket Mhatre seems to have some apprehension about the PlayStation Phone, as she hopes that it does not go the same way as the Nokia’s N-Gage.

Do you think that the Xperia Play (PSP Phone) will be able to compete with the Apple iPhone? Could the superb NGP hurt it’s sales?

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  • Steve Jobs

    The ARC will compete more directly with the iphone, the Play will compete directly with the 3DS. The NGP won't be out until next year, the Play is here in April. The Play has something every iphone/ipod touch user who plays games on their devices, regularly, wants, a separate layout for certain controls. Touch games are awesome and work very well, but those are the line drawing games or just tap games. Games that use virtual joysticks are impeded by your own fingers getting in the way, enter the Xperia Play.