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Xperia Play or Sony NGP (PSP 2): Consumer Choices

You may not be aware of this, but we can now confirm that the Sony Xperia Play, also known as the PlayStation Phone, is now available to buy in Europe and Asia. But is it a worthwhile option, with the highly anticipated and more superior Sony NGP, aka the PSP2 on the way later this year.

The Xperia Play is the first PlayStation ‘certified’ mobile device in 2011, meaning that users will be able to play official PS1 games, as well as download games and content from Sony’s recently announced PlayStation Suite. The device is also a pretty capable smartphone, with a stunning 4-inch display screen, a customized version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1Ghz Qualcomm processor, a 5 megapixel rear camera with VGA front camera, 512MB of RAM and 512MB of internal storage, expandable via MicroSD card.

But then we have a potential sticking point – it’s price. Unless you are willing to pick this up on contract, you can expect to pay around £450-500 for one – which obviously isn’t cheap. In our opinion that’s a bit too much for a device which is very likely to be overshadowed once the PSP2 is out at the end of the year. Sony are infamous for bringing in their premium starting prices though, so we’re hardly surprised.

How many of you are still planning to pick up the Xperia Play, knowing that the NGP with better specs, and 3G support which everyone keeps forgetting about, is on the way soon. If you ask us, we’d tell you that you are probably worth waiting a few months for at least a price drop. However, we have spotted this excellent contract deal with T-Mobile UK which you may be interested in.

Who’s getting the PSP Phone, and who’s waiting for the PSP2?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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Basel Ahmed
Basel Ahmed

NGP surely … the phone cost so much, and the games are probably worse than the PSP games so NGP won …

Basel Ahmed
Basel Ahmed

NGP surely … the phone cost so much, and the games are probably worse than the PSP games so NGP won …

Basel Ahmed
Basel Ahmed

NGP surely … the phone cost so much, and the games are probably worse than the PSP games so NGP won …

Basel Ahmed
Basel Ahmed

NGP surely … the phone cost so much, and the games are probably worse than the PSP games so NGP won …

Lunias
Lunias

There isn't much point to getting a gaming phone. On phones, games run down the battery extremely fast. My phone (though already a POS) runs out of battery power if I play solitaire for 10 minutes. I want a phone that I'm sure will have enough power to call people if I need it, and games don't help.

Mr. X
Mr. X

I bewait for that NGP hopfully by the time it comes out in the U.S. they might have more features on their.

Peter
Peter

What's the point getting a phone with a PSP added on? It's an old, old handheld. No thanks.

Pejaki
Pejaki

Im definitely waiting for the NGP. I have a phone, all i want is a decent gaming device 🙂

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