Sony Ericsson admits Xperia Play “freight issue,” Vodafone and 3 delay UK launch

Thursday, 31st March 2011 07:00 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Sony Ericsson has told VG247 that a “freight issue” may impact the number of Xperia Play handsets reaching the UK in time for its launch tomorrow, but insists it will still release as planned despite Vodafone pulling its launch for the device overnight.

“We can confirm that the Xperia PLAY handsets are still planned to launch in the UK for 1st April, as originally communicated,” the company said to us in a statement this morning.

“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.”

It comes as Vodafone sent out last night a customer notice, forwarded to VG247 by someone who had pre-ordered the handset from the network, confirming it wouldn’t be able to provide any orders for tomorrow. An exact reason wasn’t given, though.

“Sony Ericsson have advised us that they will not be able to supply the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play to meet the original launch date of 1 April. Unfortunately, this means there will be a small delay to your order,” it reads.

“We are working closely with Sony Ericsson to ensure your phone is delivered as soon as possible and we will be in touch again with specific timescales when we know more. We appreciate this is disappointing and are doing our very best to resolve this as quickly as possible.”

Vodafone had previously kicked off pre-orders nearly two weeks ago.

3 has told VG247 that it has also delayed its launch of Xperia Play until at least early next week, but admits it’s due to stock-related issues, insisting that it has not experienced any problems or bugs with the software.

Orange, who are also providing the Play handset, has said, however, it still intends to go ahead with its launch tomorrow.

“We can confirm that Orange will be offering the Xperia Play from tomorrow,” it told VG247 this afternoon in a statement

Last week, fellow UK provider O2 announced it had also delayed its release of Xperia Play, although mentioned it was down to a bug-related problem with the phone, adding it had “some bugs in the software that, if they’re not fixed, means customers won’t have a great experience.”

Xperia Play is the first PlayStation-certified handset, and will feature Android Gingerbread support.



  1. Razor

    All four people who preordered will be disappointed.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    @1, What’s with the negative expectations? It’s beautiful while closed & awesome for gaming when opened, worst thing about it (current lack of gaming content) can be fixed in the future, don’t think of it as the PlayStation Phone that website continue calling it, think of it as a regular high end smartphone with a controller where would keypad normally be.
    Hope the video recording is fixed before retail release, there’s no reason it can’t handle HD video recording.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Talkar

    I think it’s because it’s so expensive! Personally i’m getting the Arc myself, which is just as good, it just doesn’t have the playstation support in it, plus it has a cutdown of like 1/3 in the price compared to the experia play x)

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    I didn’t even realise it was launching so soon.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Christopher Jack

    @3, Do people really get prepaid smartphones? I mean it’ll cost me $900+ to get the iPhone 4 upfront or I can get it free on a $49 cap. I can understand getting an El’Cheapo sub $50 phone, but it just doesn’t make sense paying $300+ for any phone when you can get them free on a cap you would normally have on a prepaid phone, only difference is the paperwork that you have to sign.

    @4, Chances are, the Xperia Arc, Neo, Pro & possibly even the X10 have a chance of receiving the PlayStation Suite update.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Talkar

    The good thing about buying it upfront is that it’s not locked to any single operator, however that is a personal choice if you want to be locked or not. But the Price difference remains, The Arc here in Denmark costs 3900 DKr or 738$ and the Xperia play costs 5142 DKr or 973$, quite a difference wouldn’t you agree? And what does the Play have the Arc doesn’t, so far i’ve only seen the PS buttons, and the PS suite, really not almost 200$ worth of extra shiny stuff, since it doesn’t even have an HD camera x)

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Christopher Jack

    @6, The camera is HD, it’s actually beyond HD, it’s Extra HD, it can take pictures up to 2560 x 1920, but for some reason the video camera won’t go up to 720p, (neither can the Arc which has an 8mp camera).

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Hybridpsycho

    The Arc is not that much more expensive. I don’t really see why everyone complains about the price, it’s still cheaper than an iPhone…and you’ll be happy you don’t have an iPhone.

    I’m hopefully getting mine next week and selling my iPhone 3GS then, I can’t wait to be rid of this overrated piece of crap that’s completetly useless…except the GPS. I used the GPS to not get lost when I was in Stockholm \o/

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Christopher Jack

    my $150 unlocked prepaid android phone has a GPS^^

    #9 4 years ago
  10. M. K.

    Who the heck wants to buy this overpriced piece of plastic anyway? We had a hands on with it on the CeBIT and it was really disappointing.

    Bad Performance
    Feels Cheap
    Looks like an more ugly psp

    I’d rather wait for some dual core mobiles instead of investing in another sony mobile failure :/

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Christopher Jack

    @10, In what way does it look like a PSP? It has the same form factor as the PSP Go but when closed it looks pretty sexy IMO, looks ergonomic too.
    The performance should have more to do with OS, the phone is more than capable pf handling it, it must be buggy/unfinished.

    #11 4 years ago

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