Sony Ericsson Xperia Play available to buy from April 1

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Both Best Buy and The Carphone Warehouse have confirmed, despite delays at O2 and Vodafone, that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play will be available in stores tomorrow – that’s April 1.

As you may well know, both O2 and Vodafone have confirmed that they won’t be shipping the Xperia Play as planned – something to do with shipping and hardware issues.

However, from the looks of the press release we’ve got in front of us, these aren’t problems The Carphone Warehouse or Best Buy have encountered.

The Xperia Play, claims the release, will be available for customers to buy in store from tomorrow. So if you’re desperate to get your hands on the Xperia Play, you’re best bet is dropping by your nearest Carphone Warehouse or Best Buy store.

Although, we’d advise you to get down early to avoid the queues.

Here’s the official line from Carphone Warehouse:

“The PlayStation has led the way in games consoles for some time now so it’s great to see the same technology and much-loved games packed into a mobile that customers can keep in their back pocket,” Said Graham Stapleton, Chief Commercial Officer for Best Buy Europe

The Android 2.3-powered Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, according to Best Buy and The Carphone Warehouse, will be available from free on contracts starting at £30 a month – presumably, over 24 months.

So what can users expect from the Xperia Play? Here’s how Best Buy and The Carphone Warehouse are positioning the Play:

“Games, apps, films and websites – the Xperia Play can do them all. It’s the only phone with a precision-engineered PlayStation controller and six pre-installed PlayStation games, for a console quality experience.”

So, there you have it: some good Sony Ericsson Xperia Play news.

See, it’s not all doom and gloom.

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