US gamers who need some PlayStation action or just want Android games that they can actually control can now pick up the Xperia Play for just $100 down from $150 on a contract. The deal is classed as a back-to-school offer but may be the start a trend to make what is basically a mid-range phone cum gaming device less pricey than hardcore smartphones.
Having been playing with one for a week, it does make a fine games machine and there are now plenty of Android games tweaked for its buttons. Its only the Sony side letting things down just a few games added recently to bolster a limp line-up.
If Sony gets a move on, there is time to make the Play a real star, or is Sony/Sony Ericsson marking time for a more powerful successor phone that can play PSP/PS2 games which will have more relevance to the modern gamer? Its not a mad an idea as it sounds with many smartphones getting six month refreshes and this device was first announced last year.