But behind-the-scenes, things are looking less rosy for the device which is due to launch tomorrow. The mobile manufacturers told VG247 that "freight issues" are set to impact the number of units available at launch, causing Vodafone to pull out overnight.

“We can confirm that the Xperia Play handsets are still planned to launch in the UK for 1st April, as originally communicated,” the company said to VG247 in a statement this morning.

“However, as of today, we have experienced a freight issue that may impact the number of Xperia Plays arriving at some retail outlets. This said, consumers can purchase Xperia Play as of April 1st at a number of stores across the UK.”

O2 also pulled out of the launch last week, citing bug problems with the device's software.

Is anyone getting one of these? The pre-announcement hype seemed to kill anticipation a bit. For what it is, the Xperia Play actually looks kinda cool. But it doesn't really appeal to us. We can definitely see there being a market for it though. Most games on the iPhone make us want to pull out our eyes in frustration. Who would have thought that buttons are necessary?