How to Update SONY Xperia PLAY with ICS 4.0.3 Based XDark Custom ROM Firmware

XPERIA LogoSONY Ericsson Xperia PLAY users will no more have to feel left out when it comes to the custom ROM firmware release for your device as in the due course of this article we will be checking out on how you can install the XDard custom ROM firmware which is an ICS Android 4.0 based firmware. The main highlight of this custom ROM firmware is that it comes with the full touchpad support and also ropes in the full stable support of games like mm, Assassins Creed, Dead Space and NOVA 3. The touchpad works also on FPSE (PSone emulator). As of now this custom ROM firmware is in its early builds and have just come up with its first release of 0.1.

There will be many more builds by the developer xdarkmario who promises to enhance the user experience of this custom ROM firmware in the coming builds. But before you proceed, you will need an unlocked boot loader on your Xperia PLAY for installing this XDark Custom ROM firmware. Over a period of this article we will be checking out on what are the list of pre requisites you need to follow along with the features which this Xdark custom ROM firmware comes along. For your convenience, we have also shown the screen captures on how this custom ROM firmware looks like in your device.

Disclaimer: If you follow all the mentioned steps carefully, then there is no possibility of any damage to your device. But if the device gets bricked due to not following the mentioned instructions properly then we should not be held responsible in any manner.

Features of XDark Custom ROM Firmware:

  • AROMA INSTALLER!
  • fast
  • WORKING WIFI! (tested with DooM Kernel ICS BETA v03)
  • FULL TOUCHPAD SUPPORT!
  • -based off stock Sony ICS/GB launcher
  • xLOUD included
  • MIUI music player
  • new Sony wigets and live wallpapers
  • Fully rooted
  • removed bloat ware
  • Screen Snapshot (hold power + Vol down)
  • link2SD

XDark 1 XDark 2 XDark 3 XDark 4 XdARK 5

It’s always better to back up the data present in your SONY Ericsson Xperia PLAY with the help of below steps manually so as to make sure that just in case if the data gets lost or corrupted, the same can be restored with the help of below mentioned steps. (Note: All the notes in your device will be lost or cleared, so back up the same manually)

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log -Call Log and Restore
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

Minimum battery left in your Xperia PLAY should be 40% plus so that it doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.

So assuming that you have followed all the above mentioned instructions, you can now proceed to the next page where we have mentioned the detailed guide on how to port this XDark ICS based Custom ROM firmware in your Xperia PLAY device.

3 comments

  1. it stuck on SONY ERICSSON and nothing is happening!!!

    power button doesn’t work

  2. when i enter the commands it says that ” fastboot is not recongnized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.” what do i do?

    • please enter the device in the boot loader mode properly as all the adb drivers are installed properly, such errors do pop up