One of the reasons why Sony’s PSP go wasn’t a run-away hit was because gamers who already owned a PSP couldn’t transfer their existing purchases. They had to re-purchase all their games if they wanted to play it on their PSP go. It might sound like a clever trick of burning a hole in your pocket – at least for Sony – but it just didn’t work. PSP go, in the least, was a flop.
Now the same thing is happening again: “[Xperia Play owners] will have to repurchase the games, so it’s not totally integrated,” said Nathan Vautier, Sony Ericsson’s managing director for UK and Ireland in an interview with GameSpot UK. After all, history repeats itself, right?
An even bigger disappointment is the fact that Xperia Play will only play preloaded PSone games, that is – unless you decide to buy PlayStation Suit compatible games via the Ericsson store. So if you had planned on transferring all your PSN purchases to your Xperia Play ( which you can own, come March ), think again. You might instead want to go for Sony’s NGP, but you’ll have to wait a little longer for that.