ICS Beta ROM available for Sony Xperia Play


Sony have taken a rather bold step under heavy persistence from users by releasing a official ROM beta for users to download and submit feedback on that ROM. Having released ICS to 3 other Xperia smartphones, Xperia Play has now finally been given an official, albeit beta, ROM.

Sony are very curious as to how the ROM works on the majority of Xperia Play handsets (you would hardly call Xperia Play a ‘handset’, got so many amazing features akin to a gaming console).

However they do warn downloaders. Check the press release below:


Download and install
Follow the instructions below to download and install the alpha ROM. Please note that it only works with Xperia™ PLAY.

  1. Make sure your phone is running the latest software release, which is build number 4.0.2.A.0.42.  If you can’t upgrade to this build number, it is not possible to try the Ice Cream Sandwich beta ROM for Xperia phones.
  2. Go to unlockbootloader.sonymobile.com and unlock the boot loader of your phone. To do this, you must read through and agree to all the legal and warranty conditions that apply.
  3. Download the Ice Cream Sandwich beta ROM for Xperia PLAY.
  4. Extract the downloaded zip file to your Android Fastboot directory. For example: ..\android-sdk\fastboot\Xperia_PLAY_ICS_beta.
  5. Open a command prompt and go to your Fastboot directory: ..\android-sdk\fastboot\
  6. Flash the three beta ROM files one at a time using Fastboot. Use these three commands:
    •  fastboot flash boot ..\Fastboot\Xperia_PLAY_ICS_beta\boot.img
    •  fastboot flash userdata ..\Fastboot\Xperia_PLAY_ICS_beta\userdata.img
    •  fastboot flash system ..\Fastboot\Xperia_PLAY_ICS_beta\system.img
  7. Once done, please reboot your phone.