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Sony's 'Metal Gear Solid V' devices flaunt your stealth action fandom

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
August 18, 2015
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Are you a Metal Gear Solid fan? So much so that you bought an MGS edition PS4, and have no trouble making sense of the series' frequently intricate plots? You'll want to hit up your favorite Japanese exporter, then. Sony has unveiled a legion of limited edition Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain devices, all of which come with game-themed cases, engravings, sounds and wallpaper. Some are more extravagant than others, though. The Xperia J1 Compact phone, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and Xperia Z4 Tablet we can understand, but there are also Phantom Pain versions of the Walkman A16 and audiophile-oriented Walkman ZX2. Yes, you too can demonstrate your fondness for stealth action by buying a soon-to-be-obsolete MP3 player -- something tells us that these models won't be wildly popular.

The whole lot will arrive in Japan on September 2nd, in sync with MGS5 itself. It's not clear how much the phone or tablets will cost, but you're looking at ¥28,000 ($225) for the Walkman A16, and an eye-watering ¥140,000 ($1,125) for the ZX2. None of the products are known to be reaching the US, as you might imagine. We could understand snagging the A16 for those morning runs, but you have to be very, very committed to Hideo Kojima's alternate history (not to mention well-off) to get that ZX2. We'd suggest rolling that money into a new TV or speaker system that will do better justice to the game.

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