Sony’s new Xperia gaming phone adds fresh dirt to PS Vita’s grave

Sony’s latest gaming smartphone has all but guaranteed that the PlayStation Vita will stay dead.


10 years ago, Sony made both smartphones and handheld computers for games; the Xperia and Vita lines co-existed and served different markets. Nowadays, the Vita has been rendered largely obsolete by the power and usefulness of today’s smartphones. After 7 years on the market, Sony has decided that dedicated portable gaming peripherals just aren’t worth it.

PlayStation was conspicuously absent from Tokyo Game Show 2022, but Sony’s Xperia smartphone segment debuted with an interesting device. The latest Xperia 1 IV Gaming Edition smartphone adds fresh new soil to the Vita’s grave. The Xperia 1 IV Gaming Edition packs an additional 4GB of RAM over the base Xperia 1 IV handset to deliver serious hardware specs and performance goals; equipped with a whopping 16GB of DDR5-3200MHz RAM, Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoCand a 120Hz display with 240Hz touch swipe, the new Xperia Gaming Edition has been specifically designed for professional gamers (namely F2P mobile games).

Sony has also created a separate device that comes with purpose-built Xperia Stream hardware–a portable docking station with a built-in cooling fan, LAN ports, and even an HDMI output for streaming.

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Like the rest of the Xperia range, this particular handset is quite expensive. The Xperia 1 IV sells for $1,600 and that doesn’t include the additional gaming peripheral, which costs around $150 on its own.

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Designed in collaboration with professional eSports gamers, the Xperia 1 IV Gaming Edition combines Xperia Stream gaming gear, featuring total cooling, with customizable settings, live streaming and more.

  • High-performance gaming gear designed in collaboration with professional gamers
  • Total cooling system lets you play longer
  • HDMI, LAN and USB-C ports for stable gaming
  • 3.5mm audio jack for your favorite gaming headset
  • Gaming amplifier control automatically optimizes cooling

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