PS Vita is headed for a doomed launch, according to Lyle Hall and Matthew Seymour of UFC Trainer developer Heavy Iron Studios, which was previously owned by THQ.
The pair told GamesIndustry.biz they believe the system is overpriced and consumers are no longer willing to pay for single-function gaming devices.
"If people aren't willing to pay $249 for a Nintendo 3DS why would they pay $299 for Vita?" Hall said. "People don't want to carry more than one thing in their pocket, that's why Android and iPhone have done so well, they are the devices of choice, they offers multiple functions outside of gaming."
Former 2K Games and Microsoft Games Studios staffer Seymour added: "With all due respects to Sony and Vita, it's a car wreck. And how about Xperia Play? I'd love to pull up the numbers on that."
Hall added of Sony's portable: "The technology is sweet, I'm a huge fan of mobile technology, but I just don't know there's a market out there anymore for the hardware. I can't see why you would want to put a device out that only does games.
"The consumer has spoken. We wanted to see that world exist - more players, more opportunities for us, but at the same time people don't want that. Unless there's a super technology paradigm shift it's not going to shift back."
Sony said earlier this month that Vita will launch in Japan this year and in US and Europe in 2012. Analysts have suggested the company's under "major pressure" to reduce the launch price of the system following Nintendo's recent 3DS price cut.