PSOne Classics See Few Downloads on Playstation Phone

Even though it hasn’t seen a U.S. release yet, it appears that the Xperia Play might be struggling to find interest in its biggest feature — the ability to download PSOne Classics and play them on a smartphone.

Formerly known informally as the Playstation Phone, the Play includes a slide-down gamepad where a keyboard would be and the on-board ability to download PSOne games using Google’s Android Market. But while the phone has only been released in a few markets for a short time (it’s due in the U.S. on May 26), none of the games available on it have topped 1,000 downloads.

According to a story from Playstation Lifestyle, only Destruction Derby has seen downloads somewhere between 500 and 1,000. Other titles — not so much:

  • Cool Boarders 2: 100-500
  • Jumping Flash: 50-100
  • MediEvil: 100-500
  • Syphon Filter: 100-500

It’s tough to say exactly what’s going on here, but if I had to wager, I’d say it’s the fact that PSOne Classics on the Xperia Play are even pricier than they are on the Playstation Network. Right now in the U.K., PSOne games are going for £3.99, which amounts to about $6.50 U.S. In the smartphone world, that’s the price of a premium game — they never get over $8 or $10 with some notable exceptions (from Square Enix), and those games are generally better-looking than PSOne games, as well as optimized for the platform.

Call me shallow, but I’m pretty sure that looks matter, especially with old Playstation games whose sales are being driven by nostalgia. Or rather, not driven.

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