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FailStation?

Ah, the Xperia Play, AKA the PlayStation Phone. Few devices have provoked so much geek excitement, and yet when you appeared in the flesh it was hard not to feel underwhelmed.

After all, Sony had already cut the wind from your sails by announcing that lots of other Android phones - including from other manufacturers - could also play ‘PlayStation Suite’ games if they got ‘certified’ by Sony. And when you launched, there was only one PlayStation game available for you - and let’s face it, no-one gets their old PSOne out of the attic in order to play Crash Bandicoot.

And, by all accounts, the gaming experience was a bit rubbish. We’ll let CNET join in the intervention at this point:

We were dismayed by the Xperia Play's gaming service when we reviewed the phone, noting that the 'classic' titles hadn't been updated to work properly with the device's physical controls. We were plagued by control inconsistencies and graphical glitches, and the games are in the wrong aspect ratio too, so you'll be lumbered with black bars down either side of the screen. You even get the straight-out-of-the-90s anti-piracy warning flashing up at the beginning.

So your long-expected launch was a bit of a fizzler. And it sounds like things haven’t picked up since. We don’t have sales figures for your hardware yet, but the download store proudly announces the number of people who’ve downloaded each game. And... eep. None of the PlayStation titles available for the Xperia Play has been downloaded more than 1000 times.

Sony, for their part, seem relaxed about it, saying: ‘It's a revolutionary device, it's shaking up the market [and] we're very pleased with it.’ Yeah, but they probably said that about the PSPGo, didn’t they?

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