O2 has announced on Friday that it will not launch the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play on Friday 1st of April because of software problems that are impacting on the phone's overall performance.
The head of O2's testing group, Stuart Hibberd, confirmed (opens in new tab) in a blog that "We've been testing the phone non-stop for weeks and have found some bugs in the software that, if they're not fixed, means customers won't have a great experience."
He added that "We've been working with Sony Ericsson to get these bugs ironed out, but haven't been able to get them fixed in time for us to be able to launch the phone on April 1st as we originally planned."
Hibberd did not say whether the bugs were found in Sony Ericsson's proprietary Android gaming suite or in Android itself.
The Xperia Play will be the first mobile device to ship with a Playstation certification and will come with six preloaded games; O2 has the exclusivity on the white version of the phone.
Other mobile phone networks haven't yet reported any issues with their versions of the Xperia Play. The latter was unveiled at MWC earlier this year and comes with a rather elegant slide out keypad that should enthuse hardcore gamers.