April was a month of mixed fortunes for Sony. It started well, with the release of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play handset. The first PlayStation phone, it turned out to be something of a compromise – but as more optimised titles arrive on the phone it's coming into its own.
However, Sony's winning streak was short-lived. Its next-gen portable gaming device, the NGP, was delayed – and then in the middle of the month, hackers targeted the PlayStation Network, making off with passwords, billing addresses, credit card info and leaving the service offline for a week.
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