The so-called Playstation Phone is out there internationally (May 26 is when it’s hitting the US), but sales haven’t been huge for its biggest feature: access to PSOne classic games via the Android Market. None of the games on sale has sold over a thousand copies, and most have sold far less. Speaking to Playstation Lifestyle, however, Sony Ericsson’s Dominic Neil-Dwyer said that they weren’t too worried just yet.
“We know there’s a lot more to come that we’re not, obviously, releasing yet. We’re releasing as we go, rather than telling everyone the full story,” he said, emphasizing the fact that it’s a brand new platform that is in active development. It’s worth noting, as well, that the Play is just the first in a line of Playstation-certified devices, and others (like the interesting-looking S1 and S2 tablets) are on their way.
I actually agree with him here, although I have to guess they were hoping for a bit more of a concerted launch (five titles, really?) and bigger numbers. If sales are still slow when there are a few more devices and a more mature marketplace, we can talk about failures and missed expectations. Until then it’s okay to wait and see.