Xperia Play: "You'll have to repurchase" PlayStation Network content

Sony Ericsson UK managing director confirms old PlayStation Store content will have to be re-bought when the new store launches on the Xperia Play later this year.

BARCELONA, SPAIN--Today at Mobile World Congress, Sony put an end to months of speculation about the PlayStation Phone by formally announcing the device as the Xperia Play. While the phone, which will compete in the high-end Android smartphone space, will ship with game content, including "classic PlayStation One" series games, the main way to get content onto the device will be via the PlayStation Store, which will launch later in the year.

Vautier talking to GameSpot UK.

Existing PlayStation owners with a catalogue of content purchased through the PlayStation Store won't have a head start on the Xperia Play, though. In an interview with GameSpot UK, Nathan Vautier, managing director for Sony Ericsson UK and Ireland, confirmed that all content previously purchased through the PlayStation Store will need to be re-bought for the Xperia Play.

"[Xperia Play owners] will have to repurchase the games, so it's not totally integrated," admitted Vautier, when asked about the ability to transfer purchases. "I think the exciting thing is that there are games which people are very, very aware of," he continued.

For more on the Xperia Play, check out GameSpot UK's ongoing coverage of the device from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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socom987
socom987

it bugged me sooo much.... why on earth does everyone keep calling this " PSP phone" ? Its sony ericson Xperia Play.

ItchyIsVegeta
ItchyIsVegeta

Very stupid of them. Glad I didn't buy any to begin with, cause I really want the PSP Phone.

Ghetto_ninja
Ghetto_ninja

This is so stupid. I normally defend Sony to the death, but this is a really, really bad move. Did they not learn from the PSP Go? Number one reason I did not purchase a Go is having to rebuy games I already own. So here we are again in the same rut we were before. I still might get the phone because it looks awesome and will be on verizon, but I'm going to have no problem waiting till I get my full upgrade in November.

zzamaro
zzamaro

Meh, they only Psone games. Not a big deal. It's a phone anyway.

RaddaRaddaRadda
RaddaRaddaRadda

@hannify Fair enough, I stand corrected. I will rephrase it and say that I'd rather buy a phone from a company with a stronger reputation for making good phones. Honestly, I can't even name one other Sony Ericsson phone...

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

"Hey, you got your Xperia phone in my PSP! Hey, you got your PSP in my Xperia phone!" They should have simply made a PSP with phone functions (or perhaps a docking platform for the PSP where you could dock your Xperia and download from your PSP). *sigh* I don't know why I bother saying it, though...Sony can't even do intelligent things with their PS3s. For instance, not FORCING us to format a hard drive on connecting it (what if it's the original drive, idiots?), or not giving us a utility to copy data from one PS3-formatted drive to another via connecting said drives to a PC. User happiness is not the point of their focus groups.

rick-garza
rick-garza

Anyways what they should have done was integrated the phone completely with your online psn account that way you wouldn't have to re-buy stuff.. i mean at-least your not paying for a psn live account to play with your friends and family online.. so re-buying some stuff probably wont seem so bad but they better at-least give you a 75% discount for having the content in the first place. Otherwise id be more then happy to keep my crappy phone, and if wanted a playstation to walk around with i'd be more than happy to go buy a PSP. :) Thank you Sony Playstation for trying to Pull a Bill Gates.

rick-garza
rick-garza

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-Shadowbinded-
-Shadowbinded-

Epic fail. "I think the exciting thing is that there are games which people are very, very aware of." So you decided to exploit that awareness, because fans of a series will probably purchase the games again? I think the exciting thing about this is... oh, wait, I can't find the exciting part. :) First, Verizon-exclusive, and now this? EPIC FAIL Sony Erricson :)

fester420
fester420

@dawnofhero I am very aware that the 3000 has tv-out as well but you can't use a dualshock to play the games

akiwak
akiwak

Wow, that should hurt sales of the system....

jakass13
jakass13

officially not buying it

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@fester420 (You can hook up a PSP 3000 to a TV.) Besides, the Go sucks because it has a smaller screen and tinier buttons that are cramped together. Sure, the UMDs are getting old, but I'm glad Sony is going back to the 3000 design with the NGP while making the Go model into the Xperia phone.

RaddaRaddaRadda
RaddaRaddaRadda

I don't think it's too big a deal. I mean, if you have it on one device, why do you need it on another as well? Besides that, I'd rather play PSone games on a PS3 or PSP anyway. Also, instead of buying a phone from an entertainment/gaming company, I'll buy one from a phone company.

glhx1rush
glhx1rush

How is buying a game AGAIN "Exciting"? Mr Vautier is a MORON who failed at attempting to put a spin on making us buy something twice. Is it exciting to pay twice for dinner? Or a flu shot? Hey everybody, I'm excited to have Diarrhea TWICE!

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

"Xperia Play"?!? What marketing genius decided that a generic tech-sounding mash-up would somehow sell better than just calling it "PLAYSTATION PHONE"? I realize it's an entirely different division/company, but I seem to recall another Sony division's business units making similarly terrible marketing and pricing decisions during PS3's launch... Can you say "consecutive quarterly losses"?

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

"I think the exciting thing is that there are games which people are very, very aware of," he continued. There is nothing exciting about forcing people to re-purchase their content, regardless of how well known the games are .

flazzle
flazzle

If at first you don't succeed, buy, buy again...

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@gohoanq I honestly don't think they could. They tried before and they half-arsed it. Then they limped to the barn because they underestimated the value of an online component.

fester420
fester420

@Vorodor21 What makes the PSPGo a terrible system? The fact that it can't play UMD's which suck anyway? The main reason I got it was so I can hook it up to my TV and use my Dualshock 3 to play the games. You can't do that with any other PSP. That and the ridiculously fast loading times.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

Some days it feels like Sony is trying to get you to not buy what they're selling.

Vorodor21
Vorodor21

@Shadow4020 - "This is what kept me from buying the PSP Go." The other thing that should have kept you from buying the PSP Go is that it was a terrible system. Regular PSP was much better, even if it didn't have two analog sticks like it should have.

Coiled-string
Coiled-string

They just lost my purchase of this phone as I'm not repurchasing anything I'll be going Iphone on next renewal then, as my touch stuff will transfer over.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

$ony's in it to loose it. I hope Steam creates a mobile platform.

DemonIced
DemonIced

Bad move from Sony... Again...

Henninger
Henninger

Sony's shooting themselves in the foot on this 1. I understand they want 2 make money but by them doing this ppl might not get this phone.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

And some of you wondered why a lot of people don't have high hopes for this phone......

daedsikcaj
daedsikcaj

@LordeIX The reason people are so upset is because some of us, myself included, were dumb enough to spend hundreds of dollars (yeah I'm a Yankee) on their PSN accounts thinking the games would transfer over systems ala Steam. And now Sony is screwing over the people who were the most loyal. If you have never given Sony a dime in your life you have nothing to lose. If you are like me and you own the majority of PSX games that are for sale on the network and Sony comes along and tells you that the money you gave them means nothing, then yes, you'd tend to get a bit angry.

LordelX
LordelX

I don't know why people are so angry. The price of the games is what we used to pay for a 3-day rental.

rmj540
rmj540

Well that does suck big time. Too bad I don't play PS1 classics but some of the mini I play to pass the time every once in a while.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Repurchasing games is nothing new. Hardcore Nintendo fans and Final Fantasy players have been doing it for decades.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

If this thing requires a special port of the games that won't work on PS3 or PSP then it's understandable but I kinda doubt that it requires a special version of these games that won't play on PSP...If this system requires special versions of the games then you'd have to buy the games no matter what but if it's just the same exact versions of the games we've already purchsed and download on our systems already...then that is some BULL CRAP.

zeifel
zeifel

Xperia Play is nothing impressive compared to NGP, and now they are making it even worse, even less compelling to buy.

Jak-25
Jak-25

Re-buying games all over again? Yeah...I don't think so! I just want the NGP(PSP2)

dmfreak
dmfreak

Now that's a sign in which Xperia will fail just like Ngage.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Well I won''t be doing that. I will just play them on my PS3. Sony really messed up with this decision and will have a factor in their sales for this.

gohoanq
gohoanq

@AncientDozer I see where you're coming from believe me lol. About the "sony didn't want psn to be free, its garbage" thing though. I think the only reason Xbl is so great is because MS charges so much.. of course their online is great.. it's sustained by a constant flow of money. Not to mention all the ads on the 360.. so Not only is MS getting their consumer's money, but money from other companies aswell. If sony wanted to do that, they could make online just as good. But yea, Different yet the same is what I'd say is good to describe them all lol

TC_Squared
TC_Squared

As long as I don't have to repurchase for NGP, I won't be effected. I'm sorry for anyone who is, however.

Ganzxel
Ganzxel

i can't believe how sony could have screwed this one. why can't they just let us play psp games? and then they want us to repurchase games? seriously? repurchase game for psp go. repurchase game for ngp. now repurchase game for the psp phone? seriously, how many times can sony screw people until it counts as illegal?

SDMF_TrueBlue
SDMF_TrueBlue

Repurchase a game? What is that BS? Kiss sales good-bye.

blackace
blackace

Ummm.. no I won't have to repurchase anything, because I'm not wasting my money on the PS Phone. lol!! Screw that. Even when I get the NGP I won't be repurchasing anything. Any content I get for that device will be brand new content I've never owned. Sony is crazy if they think people are going to buy the same content for the PS3, PSPGo, NGP and Ps Phone. lol!! That's just stupid. I will still get a NGP, but screw the phone. I already have a cell phone. If I decided to change service, I'll probably get a Droid or IPhone 4G model.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I don't buy a lot off the PSN. So this doesn't affect me to much. So this phone is not intergrated with the rest of the regular PSN. I am O.K with that, Mostly Sony will have games geared to the phone. Even though it can play regular Playstation 1 games. I'd expect that Sony will give us new games for their phone service.

qpitty
qpitty

i'm all in. I get to upgrade soon anyway and any other would probably cost as much any way. i'm psyched

robx360
robx360

I will stick with the htc incredible!

Lonewolf349
Lonewolf349

I personally don't think its that big of a deal because most people who get this probably won't have psn anyway and most of us gamestoppers will be waiting for the PSP2 (at least I will)