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Xperia Play Launch Set For April 1st Despite Shipping Problems

Sony Ericsson has confirmed that there will be no delays in the launch of the Xperia Play smartphone, the very first PlayStation phone.

The company's confirmation comes after UK mobile phone operators Vodafone and O2 warned that the device, which is scheduled for an April 1st release, might be delayed owing to some shipping issues and software bugs.

Vodafone said that Sony had communicated that the device will be late due to shipping problems, and advised customers that there could be some delays in pre-orders. Meanwhile, O2 revealed that it had discovered certain software issues with the device and it was working with the company to fix them, also saying the launch would be delayed.

Sony Ericsson acknowledged that there might be some issues with shipping, but said it will proceed with the launch as planned.

“We can confirm that the Xperia Play handsets are still planned to launch in the UK for April 1st, as originally communicated,” the company said in a statement to MCV.

“However, as of today, we have experienced a freight issue that may impact the number of Xperia Plays arriving at some retail outlets. This said, consumers can purchase Xperia Play as of April 1st at a number of stores across the UK,” Sony Ericsson said.