O2: Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone ready to go.... almost
New code quashes bugs, but not all of them
O2 has said Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play smartphone - aka the PlayStation phone - is ready to go on sale.... nearly.
The UK network operator was to have joined other carriers and launch the handset on 1 April. At the eleventh hour, however, O2 admitted its testing had revealed bugs in the SE firmware and its participation in the launch was cancelled.
Vodafone also pulled out, for the same reason.
Yesterday, O2's chief tester, Stuart Hibberd, said that new SE software "has fixed a lot of the bugs that would have stopped our customers having a great experience when they use the Play".
But not all of them.
Good though the update is, the best Hibberd could say about the phone is that it is now "nearly ready to go on sale".
Hopefully, revised code from SE will sort out the few remaining issues highlighted by Hibberd's testing team. ®
The XBox 360 was a mad rush to get it out at a crucial time, before the PS3. If it had launched after the PS3 it may have flopped, even if the hardware was more robust.
In the case of this phone there isn't really a need to rush it out.
Have you seen Sony Ericsson's record on fixing bugs in firmware?
If you're lucky you may get two firmware fixes and even those don't fix some critical defects.
As if every product ever launched didn't have bugs. At least they are software bugs and can be fixed in a service release.
Microsoft will happily launch products with hardware bugs, as they know they can resell working versions all over a again a couple of years down the line.... Xbox360 being a fine example of this consumer unfriendly attitude.