Sony Ericsson (SE) has no immediate plans to bring out a successor for the Xperia Play, the Japanese-Swedish phone-maker has revealed.
With dual core processors gaining traction with a glut of new and upcoming Android smartphones, many tech watchers are starting to feel the Xperia Play is already looking a bit outmoded, despite launching less than half a year ago.
However, SE’s head of market development, Dominic Neil-Dwyer, brushed away such concerns, claiming the handset is suitably equipped as gaming focussed phone for the foreseeable future.
Speaking to Eurogamer, he said: "This device, with the GPU integration, has been optimised for gameplay.
“Bearing in mind when we talk to the high-end publishers, they're very precious about the devices their games are going to be displayed upon, particularly those that are coming in from outside of mobile. They're very much impressed”.
The Xperia Play is the first smartphone to feature PlayStation branded physical controls in a slide-out game pad and is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm processor with an Adreno 205 GPU.
Arguing that dual core doesn’t necessarily mean faster, Neil-Dwyer explained the Play has been optimised for gaming and its unique selling point still remains that it is the only handset designed from the ground up to offer a PlayStation experience.
On the issue of slow uptake of the phone and even worse sales of games, he added: “We're trying to create a new market. That's our thrust right now, to build a great device.
"It will keep improving. We'll keep upgrading the experience, the software and the games you get with it."