PS1 games sell slow on Xperia Play, Sony “not concerned”

One of the bigger features of Sony’s Xperia Play smartphone is the ability to play PSOne classics via the PlayStation Suite. But while the phone itself may be performing well sales wise, the featured games are failing to have similar success.

Of the titles released so far, Destruction Derby has sold the most, though it hasn’t sold past three-digit figures, sitting somewhere between the wide margin of 500 and 1000 sold. Meanwhile Cool Boarders 2, MediEvil and Syphon Filter have all sold less than 500 units, while Jumping Flash has sold less than 100.

You don’t need me to tell you that those aren’t very good figures. But Sony aren’t worried, as head of market development Dominic Neil-Dwyer revealed to PlayStation Lifestyle. He said: “There are no concerns. It’s a revolutionary device, it’s shaking up the market, we’re very pleased with it. In terms of getting the PlayStation Certified program out, generally, we’re very happy. I think we’ll make a full assessment of if it has achieved our expectations fully, further down the line, so we’re very happy.”

The Play is currently only available in the UK, and not on one of the country’s biggest networks. In other words: there’s plenty of space for it to grow.

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