Vodafone Delays UK Launch, Android PS Emulator Pulled
The Xperia Play, Sony Ericsson's oft-leaked "Playstation Phone," is set to launch on April 1st... but it appears that a shipping problem will adversely affect the number of units to reach UK shores. Not only that, but Vodafone have joined O2 in refusing to ship the device tomorrow. More details below.
Speaking to VG247, Sony Ericsson was quick to assure fans that the Xperia Play would indeed be launching tomorrow morning as scheduled, but that an unspecified "freight issue" means that stock may be extremely limited.
We can confirm that the Xperia PLAY handsets are still planned to launch in the UK for 1st April, as originally communicated.
However, as of today, we have experienced a freight issue that may impact the number of Xperia™ PLAYs arriving at some retail outlets. This said, consumers can purchase Xperia™ PLAY as of April 1st at a number of stores across the UK.
This shipping snafu has hit Vodafone extremely hard, who have confirmed that they will not receive enough stock to launch the Xperia Play on time - but the delay will likely run a number of "days" rather than "weeks." Pre-order customers have already been contacted and alternative arrangements will soon be made once the shipping timeframes have been sorted out. [EG]
As you may already know, O2 announced that they'd also be delaying their Xperia Play launch due to a number of software bugs. Mobot has the details.
Finally, it's worth noting that Playstation emulator PSX4Droid has been yanked from the Android marketplace. Coincidence? Not on your nelly,
Whether you'll be picking up the Xperia Play tomorrow or will have to wait a few days, why not check out Brendan's hands-on preview? It's shaping up to be an impressive gaming device despite its aggravating teething problems, and remember, you'll be able to grab Gameloft's Backstab as a timed exclusive.