O2 to offer the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play in June

Delayed O2 arrival finally coming to an end

O2 confirm it will make the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play available next month

O2 has announced it is to hold off its UK release of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play handset until June as it continues to extensively test software issues with the device.

With the Xperia Play, also known as the long awaited PSP phone, hitting the UK for the first time back on April 1st, O2’s promised new arrival will see the gaming-centric smartphone touch down two months behind schedule.

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Announcing the upcoming release via O2’s official blog Stuart Hibberd, head of O2’s testing team declared: “As you may have seen, we’ve been extensively testing the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY over the last few months to make sure it’ll give our customers a great experience when they use it. I’m happy to say that the end is now in sight and we’re planning to put the Xperia PLAY on sale at the start of June.

“All the bugs we identified in our testing have now either been fixed or are being worked on and we’re confident that they will be fixed shortly. We’ll be working closely with Sony Ericsson throughout May and if everything goes to plan we’ll be happy to approve the PLAY and put it on sale.”

O2’s delayed Sony Ericsson Xperia Play release has seen avid mobile gamers holding out for the white device left disappointed with the lighter-toned handset being made exclusively available through the bubbly network.

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