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Xperia Play PSN Store port brings new games to the UK

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The Xperia Play, Sony Ericsson's gaming-centric Android handset, has been hacked to use the newer PlayStation Store app with PSN integration. Although the exploit was discovered in Japan last month, it is now functional in the UK, suggesting that new games may be reaching the device soon.

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Sony Ericsson's gamepad-bearing Xperia Play might be the first PlayStation Certified device, but unlike the Tablet S and Tablet P it lacks integration with the PlayStation Network. Last month, hackers over at xda-developers were able to port the newer PlayStation Store app to the Play, but outside of Japan users were greeted with the message "This service is not available in your country/region." This restriction now seems to have been lifted, however, with users in the UK reporting that they're able to access the store using the same hack.

We've not been able to test this for ourselves, but videos of the store show a number of new titles available for the console. These include Syphon Filter 1 and 3, Twisted Metal, G-Police (said to be an Xperia Play exclusive), Cool Boarders 2, and Jet Rider 2, amongst others. This server-side change means that it looks promising that Sony will bring the store to the Play shortly, giving a boost to owners disappointed by the lack of games for the system. Check out Xperia Gamer if you'd like to try it yourself.

Thanks, ExtremeT!