The PlayStation Vita might be winding down its life cycle soon. Not only did Sony Computer Entertainment President Andrew House call the Vita a “legacy platform” outside of Europe and Asia, sales outside of those regions have been below expectations for a while.
At EGX this weekend, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida seemed to support these claims by saying that a new Vita isn’t likely to happen any time soon.
During a Q&A session at EGX, Yoshida recognized that more people are moving toward mobile gaming and away from dedicated portable platforms like the Vita. He stated that many people already own smartphones and games on the platform are easy to play or free.
However, Yoshida also praised the unique strengths of the Vita over mobile gaming, even though it may not be a future-proof design.
I myself am a huge fan of PlayStation Vita and we worked really hard on designing every aspect. Touch-based games are fun – there are many games with really good design. But having sticks and buttons make things totally different.
So I hope, like many of you, that this culture of playing portable games continues but the climate is not healthy for now because of the huge dominance of mobile gaming.
The Vita launched in 2011 and is still getting support from titles like Persona 4: Dancing All Night and an upcoming Danganronpa sequel. But it’s possible that the combination of mobile gaming and Sony’s focus on PlayStation 4 greatly slowed down Vita sales in North America.
Are you satisfied with the Vita and its game library, or do you believe that Sony should launch a new handheld? Let us know in the comments.