Replacements are usually not intended to do exactly what the original did. Since the Purple Ice was a less than popular ball, I can only assume that the Centaur is/will be/seems to be planned to be more of what the PI was supposed to be. Now if Visionary has priced the ball in the same neighborhood as Columbia's Super Trooper, then we will have some competition. (At least I see these 2 balls are being somewhat similar in intent, if not in execution; we'll see when people start to use them and report on them.)
"We get old too fast, and too late, smart."