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Sony Ericsson Says No Successor To Xperia Play Yet

Those waiting for a potential successor to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play will be sorely disappointed as an executive, speaking on behalf of the company, has ruled out any future launches.

In an interview with Eurogamer (opens in new tab), he said "This device, with the GPU integration, has been optimised for gameplay. It's not going to be outperformed that quickly."

We're not sure whether that actually makes sense given that the Xperia Play is based on yesteryear's hardware and that Sony Ericsson's aim is to sell more smartphones rather than less.

It would make sense for Sony and Sony Ericsson to combine their firepower and launch a smartphone that doubles as a decent gaming console.

The Playstation Vita for example is worth around £250 and yet packs significantly more raw firepower than the Xperia Play which has a suggested retail price of around £500.

Given the fact that Xperia Play launch titles haven't been stellar performers, it does makes to combine all the goodwill of both platforms and focus on a single ecosystem.

Regretably, you will almost certainly need to wait until the second half of 2012 to see any potential PS Vita-Xperia Play merger, by which time, rumours about the iPhone 6 will have drowned out everything else.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.