There are very few phones out there that make me go “wow!”. Included in that list are very…. feature centric devices. Xperia Play remains part of that, Sony Mobile’s 2011 effort at a PlayStation phone.
Originally released exclusively through Verizon and then came out through AT&T later, the Xperia Play had quite a few heavy hitters for exclusives. It launched with Minecraft: Pocket Edition as it’s prime game that wasn’t available on iOS or Android at the time. Then there’s multiple PS1 games that could be downloaded, Crash Bandicoot headlined that initiative.
Plus, Gameloft pledged support and they followed through. All their games had full controller functionality and fully optimized to run to the best of their abilities. You don’t see stuff like this anymore, and with iOS dominating any game on console + PC, maybe Sony needs to take another stab at it.
And I’m not talking Sony Mobile, they shouldn’t be involved in the project. I’m talking Sony Interactive Entertainment, the PlayStation makers. Bring PS1, PS2, PSP, and PS Vita games to the platform alongside some spinoff mobile exclusives from studios like San Diego Studio and ForwardWorks who are making mobile only titles and boom. ForwardWorks alone is making PaRappa the Rapper for iOS and Android, make that exclusive and there’d be people who’d love to have this phone just for that game. There’s even a massive lineup of games. on the Google Play Store which are slowly getting controller support for most of its larger titles.
In 2020, I know Sony could do it. The latest Snapdragon, 12GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a beautiful 6 inch 4K OLED HDR panel like on other Sony Xperia devices. It all comes down to if there’s demand, which personally speaking I think there is a large amount of people that would be interested in acquiring such a product. Especially with PS Vita not getting a successor, another mobile alternative might be needed.