Do you have a cache of games from the Playstation Store? When the Xperia Play was finally announced, did you think, "Sweet! Now I can enjoy my Playstation games right from my phone!" and dance your happy dance? For both of you who aren't snickering, Sony Ericsson UK's managing director Nathan Vautier has some bad news: It's not quite that simple. In a move that is quickly becoming a sacred tradition for Sony (see: PSP Go), consumers are being given the privilege of repurchasing content -- in this case, "Playstation Certified games -- they already own. Vautier didn't explain Sony's reasoning for the move, presumably due to the fact that the words "because we can" don't look good in print. I'm sure we'll hear some sort of half-cocked corporate-speak regarding the issue in the near future, but it seem unfathomable that the big brains at Sony simply cannot integrate the systems. Thus, we're left with the conclusion that it's all about the money. Granted, word is that games will be considerably cheaper on the Xperia play, but the sudden disappearance of your entire catalog doesn't exactly sweeten the deal for a system running what will soon be last-gen titles. However there's always a silver lining, and in the case of this beauty, it's that you get, totally free of charge... Crash Bandicoot?
I don't see Sony bending on this one. We all remember the royal shafting PSP Fat owners got when the PSP Go was released (no credit from Sony for old UMDs), and it seems that Sony is no wiser this time around. You could always write a well-constructed letter of opinion to Sony, or you could simply refuse to buy the Xperia Play on principle -- in this case, the principle of standing up to ridiculousness. I'd go with the latter.