Xperia Play PSone titles not selling
Despite lack of interest, the company remains 'unconcerned' and 'very happy'
Sony Ericson suffered an embarrassing piece of news today as it emerged that each of the five 'Playstation Classic' games available on the Android Marketplace have been downloaded less than a 1000 times, with one title attracting as little as 50-100 downloads.
The games are playable on the Xperia Play smartphone, released in April and complete with slide out control pad. Destruction Derby is the most popular game, but has still only attracted the interest of 500-1000 gamers. Cool Boarders 2, Jumpin Flash, MediEvil and Syphon Filter are also available on the marketplace, with Crash Bandicoot coming pre installed on the device
Head of market development at the London based company, Dominic Neil-Dwyer, remained calm at the apparent lack of interest in the games.
"I think there's also an awareness thing for people that are getting their hands on the device and where they are choosing to purchase games," he said. "There's only a few, at the minute, PlayStation One titles there, and there's more coming on a regular basis, and there's the whole PlayStation as a content provider exclusive to the device, the story about that, that will emerge and people will see.
"So, there's no concerns, it's a revolutionary device, it's shaking up the market, we're very pleased with it. In terms of getting the PlayStation Certified program out, generally, we're very happy. I think we'll make a full assessment of if it has achieved our expectations fully, further down the line, so we're very happy."
The Xperia Play, available on other UK networks, arrives on O2 in early June after the company delayed launch of the phone in light of unspecified bugs it identified with the hardware.