So, Nobody Is Buying PS1 Games On The PlayStation Phone

So, Nobody Is Buying PS1 Games On The PlayStation Phone

The big selling point of the Xperia Play, Sony’s first mobile phone to run its PlayStation Suite of handheld games, is the fact users can download PS1 games. So it’s a little weird that nobody seems to be doing that.

Because the games are available on the Android Marketplace, it’s easy to see how many units each title has sold, and none has sold over 1000. Indeed, a report on PlayStation Lifestyle says most are numbering only in the “low hundreds”.

Sony Ericsson’s Dominic Neil-Dwyer says in defence of the poor sales “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. 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.”

Strange. I thought the only real reason to buy one would be to play PS1 games on the phone. Are people buying these things by accident? Or, to address the elephant in the room (and going by the popularity of PS1 ROM managers on the Android Marketplace), are people just not buying them?

PS1 Classics Sales Tally In the Low Hundreds On Xperia PLAY [PSLS]


  • Dominic Neil-Dwyer sounds like a real brain.

    Was his groin being clawed at by a rabid vole when he gave that response?

  • Is this phone as good as any of the other myriad of HTC or Windows phone? Like say compared to the HTC Desire?

  • Maybe it’s got something to do with the fact it only has 400MB of internal memory? Sure it ships with an 8GB microSD card but if you want more storage than that you’ll be paying for it.

    To be pitching this thing as a gaming phone and not providing a reasonable amount of built-in storage is just stupid. Want us to download games? How about giving us the space to put them on?

    • Doesn’t really make that much of a difference. You’d be paying for built-in storage, too, if they had more of that.

      Do you need one of these PS phones to actually buy these PS1 games? I had a look on the Android market with my HTC Desire and couldn’t find any…

      • They’re hidden if you’re not using a Xperia Play to browse the market.

        Through a desktop browser you can view them on the market, though it won’t permit you to buy any og them.

  • Fact remains, as good as the device might be for playing PS1 games on, it has also come off in reviews as having a bit of a dull and lifeless screen and not to mention that it feels very cheap in the hands.

    Add to that there is PS1 emu’s and PS2 emu’s and all the others on there, why would anyone who buys this device, pay for games?

    • Not to say I support piracy.. But mobiles have become big for emulation and quick gaming on the go – so likely the candidates to buy this are indeed, possibly those people.

  • most other phones, tablets, handhelds etc are all capable of better looking, and often better playing games.

    besides, it doesnt have twin nubbins.

    why would anyone want to pay money to play gimped, old looking games that they already played 20 years ago?

    • While it does not, as you say, have two nubbins, even in the image above you can see the two small recessed circles near the centre.

      They perform the same function, I believe.

      The rest of your points stand, however.

  • Lets say I already own the PS1 CD(s), and have bought the PSN version for the PS3/PSP… why would I want to pay for another version of the same thing…
    They really should have let it go to the PSN for PSX games… Not that you could buy anything from there at the moment…

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