Since the Sony Xperia Play is a relatively older smartphone hence it is not receiving any official Android updates. Its specs are a bit outdated which means you can update and get the new features now by flashing a custom ROM on your Xperia Play. The latest Xperia NXT gaming custom ROM has been developed by xda-developers and provides optimized and customized experience for gaming mode.

This ROM will give you more power to enjoy latest games that are available via Google Play. Firmware is based on Gingerbread so you shouldn’t expect anything from ICS or Jelly Bean. But the custom Gaming ROM is pretty optimized to increase Play’s batter life and use the RAM in a better way.

Prerequisites before you update Sony Xperia Play to NXT Gaming custom ROM:

  • Flashing a custom ROM requires a rooted device. Make sure yours is already rooted. - rooting voids the official warranty.
  • Create backup of all the important data of your Sony Xperia Play.
  • Also create a Nandroid backup to restore to the current state in case you do not like the Xperia NXT Gaming ROM.
  • Your device should have a custom recovery tool like CWM installed.
  • Enable USB debugging on your Sony smartphone.
  • Make sure it has at least 70% of battery life before starting the flashing procedure.

How to update Sony Xperia Play with Xperia NXT Gaming Custom ROM:

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Required files: download the firmware file from here and the phone apps package from this link. Save both the files on your computer and do not extract them.

  • Connect your Xperia Play with your PC using its USB cable. 
  • Select the downloaded files and copy them to the root of Play’s SD card. Disconnect the phone from PC and switch the device off.
  • Reboot it into the recovery mode.
  • Perform the data wipe operations now: go to wipe data factory reset and then to wipe cache partition to clear the cache. After that, clear the dalvik cache by going to wipe dalvik cache option.
  • Return to previous menu by selecting +++go back+++.
  • From the menu select install zip from sd card followed by choose zip from sd card. Select the firmware file and confirm the installation.
  • After the ROM installation is done, repeat the above step for installing the phone apps package.
  • Go back to main menu again and select reboot system now to reboot your Sony Xperia Play into the Xperia NXT gaming custom ROM.

Ta da! Your Sony Xperia Play is now updated and is running the Xperia NXT gaming custom ROM!