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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play price slashed to £200

Bad news for anyone who splashed out on a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play in the last few months: Expansys has cut its price to a mere £199.

We've some bad news for anyone foolish enough to have splashed out on a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play in the last few months: online retailer Expansys has slashed the price of the phone to a mere £199.80. You may commence repeatedly kicking yourself in your own face.

We'd be pretty miffed, too, if we'd paid nearly £600 for the thing when it was launched less than five months ago, but it's your own fault for believing the hype. We warned you it was pants, but you wouldn't listen -- you dove in head first with your insatiable lust for decade-old PSOne games, and now you've only got yourself to blame.

Expansys hasn't given a specific reason for the dramatic price cut, but we're guessing it's not because the company was feeling charitable. It's probably fair to say the handset hasn't been selling as well as expected and now Expansys has decided to clear its remaining stock at somewhere near cost (or possibly even at a loss) in preparation for the iPhone 5.

Those who resisted the urge to buy an Xperia Play will probably be asking themselves whether it's now worth snapping one up on the cheap. The answer to that question is, of course, 'no'. The hardware is fine, but we can't justify splurging two ton on the thing when there are so many flaws to the software.

Believe us when we say there are far better ways to blow £200. Donate it to charity, blend it and make a cocktail, get it changed into twenty thousand pennies and swim in it like Scrooge McDuck, feed it to rhinos, buy 20 bottles of supermarket vodka and use that to give a top model a Tinglebath Flambe.

No, we don't know what that last one is either, but we think you understand what we're getting at here -- the Play is dead in the water.