Xperia Play = “$900”


Sony Ericsson’s newly unveiled smartphone-cum-PSP the “Xperia Play” (otherwise known as the “PSPhone”) has been revealed to have a nearly $900 price-tag.

The uniqueness of the Xperia Play stems solely from its PSP Go style slide-out controller pad; much like the PSP Go it also has no disc drive and is apparently dependent on downloading games.

The actual phone is a completely standard Android 2.3 offering, which, like all modern Android smartphones, is also soon to be capable of playing PS1 and PSP games sold over Sony’s new Android-centric “PlayStation Suite.”

The up-front cost of the device has so far only been confirmed as €650, or about $900; monthly plans using the phone have already been announced, but not priced.

That it is to be 3 times the cost of superior handhelds such as the 3DS or NGP, and outclassed as a phone by any recent iPhone or Android offering has served to put more than a slight damper on any enthusiasm remaining for it after it turned out to be so ugly

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    Comment by Anonymous
    15:41 21/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    buy both psp and a Sony Erricson phone is much cheaper then this Xperia Play..

    $900.. are you kidding me..

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    Comment by カンチ
    21:49 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I in fact do. w508i and a 1001.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:35 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sure its cool to have a psp and a phone all in one but what about the battery life eh?

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    Comment by カンチ
    11:02 22/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's less capable than the PSP as far as games go. It's software is pretty standard otherwise too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:55 23/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Geh not impressed only thing it can do is play ps games and knowing apple 1k phones or 999.99 could happen sooner than later

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    Comment by Ataeru
    12:57 21/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    $900 for that!? Who do they think they are? Apple? Even then its severely overpriced on Apple's standards!

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    Comment by Kyon
    13:40 21/02/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    If they were Apple, people would pay the price and brag about how the others are inferiors. Oh, Apple supporters...

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    Comment by Godot
    16:38 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bear in mind this rumor is from a Japanese source which likely translates to Japanese prices.

    3DS officially is $300 dollars in Japan but only $250 every else.

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    Comment by Lonesnipa
    21:00 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which is why the price was said in euros and dollars amirite? We still don't have a price for it in yen.

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    Comment by aarond12

    This is not about Apple. Stay on topic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:45 21/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    It's about overpricing so referencing Apple is just natural given that they, well, sell overpriced shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 21/02/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    I'm an Apple guy but I definitely don't fall into that crowd that Apple user stereotype doesn't hold up to well these days anymore, maybe a decade ago...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:06 21/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    still an idiot i see.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:06 21/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    i can even buy a i5 core laptop with dedicated video for that price, THEN download the games and play it on emus, its much cheaper, bigger screen and huge library of games!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:45 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    let's see them react when the wife/boss calls and they're in the middle of a final boss battle/stage. hahaha I know hand held phones are to be innovative, but this is a bit too much and at $900 I'd very much spend it on a gaming PC as well.

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    Comment by ACIDx
    15:39 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yah i no i wold rather get a laptop and buy games with that and if ppl start complaining about phone calls then just use some money and use skype to call phones and to txt, there a website that allows you to txt peoples phones with the name you want to use

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    Comment by Shippoyasha

    With $900, you can probably get a future proof computer that will last a good 6-7 years and have TERABYTES of harddrive space and a gaming graphics card that would last you a few generations of gaming..

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    Comment by TC-man
    21:34 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nothing is future proof. If you mean you could buy a PC with that 900 USD and that it will last 6 - 7 years including some serious gaming (if it's still not broken)? No, it's not possible, computer technology is constantly evolving, especially in a period of 6 - 7 years. In that kind of time(frame) there are already 2 or 3 generations processor (including motherboard) coming out, just like last time, Intel Core2, Nehalem, and now Sandy Bridge (AMD: Athlon64, Phenom, Phenom II). But I admit with that kind of money you can buy really nice things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:22 23/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Herp Derp that is known as future proof in the PC world. Jesus........

    Anyways yea I would be able to afford a sick ass gaming machine for the price of this. Hell my current system cost $635 after everything and it's future proof. With $900 I'd be laughing with Triple SLI, a Core I7, 8-16GB of ram, fuck I'd be happy!

    Sony if you ever think I will spend that goddamn much on any of your equipment after what you have done to us hackers on the PS3 you better give me the ability to install linux, play PS3, PS2, PS1, PSP, N64, xbox 360, Xbox, Wii, DS, SNES, PC, and gamecube games as well as give me the ability to play in 2560 X 1600. Which is impossible.

    So basically fuck you I will never pay that goddamn much for a fucking phone.

    Sony are out of their damn minds.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:30 22/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eh? My Pentium 4 3.0Ghz lasted 6 years. Actually, it still works perfectly, and the only thing I replaced after all that time was the graphics card, which didnt cost me more than $120. The current generation of games eventually caught up with that old hardware... Kinda. Sure, nothing is future proof, but I get where Shippoyasha is coming from. With $900 you can put together a rig that will last you 6 years easily. Specially considering today's hardware is way ahead of today's software.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:15 22/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    But thanks to consoles, there isn't such a pressure to update as there was a few years ago..

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:24 23/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    01:15 fuck the consoles. Shitty ass hardware. Buy a PC and make it to where you can get easy upgrades and it will last through at least one console generation without major hardware changes. Hell my old computer right before I bought this one lasted through 1 and half console generations.

    So don't give me the console is better BS.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:48 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hell I could replace my current Macbook with a new Macbook and it would still be cheaper than that ($799).

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    Comment by Imyou
    16:43 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really. An unlocked iPhone 4 can go for that much. With a plan, this thing might be $300-400.

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    Comment by ☆ БОSS ☆
    13:46 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Errr, could it be the cost without a package service?

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    Comment by Yourtime
    15:18 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who do they think they are? THE GURREN LAGANN BRIGADE?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:57 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You do realize the typical Android phone retails for 500-800US (similar in Euro). After you add the contract and other subsidies then the phone becomes 100-300. Even the Iphone at $199 is typically 600-800 retail.

    This is basically just a typical Android phone with a slide out controller and a Sony name. They have other similar phones out already without the slide out controller.

    Nothing new or special here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:14 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    100 USD = 73 Euro, yeah that's similar.

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    Comment by Mr.Demon
    20:12 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really the price on US market will be arround 650$... all te company are using a $-€ convetion 1:1... So if the price on europe is 650€... it's sure that is 650$ on the US market...

    But that's still a high price...

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    15:17 21/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    This is just too expensive...PERIOD...

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    18:11 21/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Lesson, people:

    Don't like it? Don't like the price? Don't like the "Contracts"?

    Don't BUY it.

    Don't "Vote" in pretty much the only way you can, with your dollars, for ridiculous markups for "Slave made goods FLom Amiable Venelable Cathay" that are tax-subsidized by YOU at the cost of jobs you could do.

    Don't BUY it.

    Corporate welfare only goes so far. Don't BUY it. They might get most of the manufacturing cost made up by stealing Social Security and having loans taken out in our names, but not all. Don't buy it, they'll need to make some money somehow.

    And in a year or so the stores will be flooded either with cheaper, better versions -or- the same Chinese makers will flood the markets with stolen knock-offs of the same product for even less the price...

    If you BUY it sooner than later you'll give them enough money to:
    1. Continue investing in "Slave made goods FLom Amiable Venelable Cathay" for ridiculous markups and paid for by tax dollars.
    2. Shipping jobs overseas.
    3. Aggressively attacking any "Pirates" or rather "3rd parties" who want to make their OWN software for their expensive pieces of crud without paying them extortion money, excuse me "Licensing Fees".

    Don't buy it...

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    Comment by giascle
    19:56 22/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have a game:

    Every time Barbarian of Gor says "Don't buy it," take a drink.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, I doubt anyone around here is planning to buy it. We are just laughing at how stupid they are by releasing this shit at that price.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:08 22/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I gotta laugh at your stupidity for failing to realize that all unsubsidized smartphones are at this price.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:48 22/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    and this €650. Doing the conversion is pointless; that's not how it works. It'll be around $600 on Verizon, but that won't really matter because no one will have to pay more than $200 (maybe $250).

    Comment by Chemical Loli
    04:07 22/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    they're more like 500-600 dollars

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:45 22/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol. You could still buy a phone and a PSP separately and get a cheaper price.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:16 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    10bucks say the phone will be hack in 1 month

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:32 22/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    20 say it will be hacked in less than that.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    23:36 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think I'd rather get an Evo 4G or IPhone...and leave the games to the 3DS and NGP...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:25 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL That's right!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:36 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    haha, overpriced, epic failure

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    Comment by Jynx23
    00:43 22/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hmm this is strange. Since from what I know the White Limited Edition would cost around US$700. And some say that normal edition would cost around US$400.

    Is there any source or insider that could confirm this US$900 tag?

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    Comment by CC
    04:08 22/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since it's a euro based price that got converted it's most likely tons cheapers. Could have around 20% of VAT already included in its pricetag.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:03 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hm...this whole situation is a lot like...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:41 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Errr so Sankaku is just going to report $900 without a source?

    Because I'm pretty sure it's €400.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:14 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Correction, his filthy, Japanese-cum-filled mouth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:30 22/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    is your ass red yet from all that dick riding?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:59 21/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF are you talking about? My dream does not include living in a place that's both xenophobic and expensive.

    Just because I watch anime doesn't mean I'm a Japanophile, unlike 99% of the people here.

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    00:39 22/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Aren't all phones actually $300 - $500 but you only pay $0 - $100 for the phone if you take up a contract with the company?

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