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?