Sony Ericsson Delays Xperia Play UK Launch

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Sony Ericsson's gaming 'PlayStation phone', the Xperia Play, has reportedly been hit by a "freight issue" that is likely to affect supplies of the phone on its U.K. launch today.

Sony Ericsson has stated that the Xperia Play is still due to launch today, but warned customers to expect shortages in some stores, and from some retailers.

And in some cases the problems seem to be more severe, with mobile service providers Vodafone and 3 reportedly delaying their launch of the gaming phone entirely. VG24/7 reports that Vodafone emailed customers who pre-ordered the phone to say:

"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. 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."

3, meanwhile, told the website that it is delaying the Xperia Play launch until next week at the earliest as a result of stock issues.

We've contacted Sony Ericsson for comment on the reported stock problems, and for their view of how the launch is proceeding, so check back for the official line.

The Xperia Play, which was unveiled at Mobile World Congress this year, features a 4-inch (854x480) display and a 1GHz processor, and runs Google's Android version 2.3, which is also known as Gingerbread. Rather than a keyboard, the gaming phone features a slide-out gamepad.

The handset will come with six games pre-installed including Bruce Lee Dragon Warriors, Crash Bandicoot, FIFA 10 and The Sims 3. A further 50 games will be available through the PlayStation Suite.

This story, "Sony Ericsson Delays Xperia Play UK Launch" was originally published by PC Advisor (UK).

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