Will Sony PS Vita Kill Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Successor?

As the Sony PS Vita is launched, it's worth exploring the possibility that the newly released portable gaming console could make the Xperia Play 2 obsolete.

The Vita comes with a quad core ARM Cortex-A8 MPcore with a four-core PowerVR SGX543MP4+ GPU, 512MB RAM, 128MB VRAM, a five inch 960x544 pixel OLED capacitive touchscreen display, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and two cameras.

In many regards, it shares the same hardware as a high end smartphone, although its lack of internal storage, phone calling capabilities, an open operating system and its form factor, mean that it's not really a phone replacement.

That said, the Vita will cost £229 at launch, with prices expected to fall rapidly to less than £200. In comparison, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play started life at around £500 before being put in the clearance aisle for under £150 within eight months.

Clearly therefore, the gaming strategy adopted by Sony Ericsson hasn't worked as well as expected, while mobile gaming on iOS is threatening more traditional mobile gaming platforms like the PSP and the Nintendo DS.

A two-pronged approach with affordable portable devices and smartphones could be what Sony is aiming for, as we've noted that the likes of the Xperia Arc S, Sony Ericsson's top of the range handset, can be had for less than £300.

This means you can buy both the gaming console and Sony Ericsson's latest phone for around £500, the same as the Xperia Play originally sold for.