Sony teases Android gaming plans, but they are unlikely to bring the Xperia Play back.

Sony is getting ready to unveil new gaming hardware, which regrettably still doesn’t look like the Xperia Play successor we’ve been waiting for, despite the recent significant upsurge in Android gaming.

There has never been a better moment to be an Android gamer with the arrival of popular titles like Call of Duty Mobile, Fortnite, Apex Legends, and entire AAA games in cloud streaming services like Stadia and GeForce Now. And while Android-based gaming phones have been around for a while, more people are starting to use gaming phones and accessories.

Today, Sony posted a teaser video for a new device in the Xperia series, making them the most recent phone manufacturer to enter the Android gaming market. The 15-second teaser depicts an eSports competitor playing a game on a smartphone while holding it. The brand claims that this new device is intended for streamers and professional players.

This teaser has given some people, in particular my colleague Ben Schoon, hope that Sony may produce a replacement for the Xperia Play in 2011. The slide-up screen on the phone, which was far ahead of its time, allowed you to access the majority of the typical PlayStation-themed controls you would need for gaming.

Unfortunately, judging from the brief video released today by Sony, this does not appear to be the eagerly anticipated Xperia Play replacement, as it is only shown in the standard rectangular shape of a smartphone. In fact, it’s not fully obvious from this teaser whether it even refers to a phone or just an Xperia accessory. Sony Xperia just refers to the new item as “gaming gear” in the video’s description.

The cooling system that was initially teased for the Xperia 1 IV has similarities to the video, according to eagle-eyed fans users of Sony devices on Twitter. According to the prior teaser, the cooling device would probably grip your phone while a fan removed heat, enabling longer gaming sessions and possibly improved performance. Additionally, it looks to give your phone a little more thickness, which might make it easier to hold.

Sony Xperia gaming accessory

Whatever Sony has in store, it’s exciting to see that it still takes mobile gaming seriously. Sony is the company behind the PlayStation. In addition to ongoing efforts to make PlayStation games accessible on mobile devices via Remote Play, Sony and Backbone have teamed up to produce an PlayStation-branded version version of the Backbone One controller for iPhone.

When the future Xperia gaming device is officially unveiled on September 12 at 1pm Japan Standard Time, we’ll find out more (September 11, 9pm PT).
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