It seems like Sony rarely has good news to share about the PlayStation Vita. While games are still being released for the handheld, upper management at Sony have called the Vita a “legacy platform” and admitted that they don’t have plans to release a new Vita. A new interview with a Sony executive has even confirmed that first-party developers aren’t making Vita titles.
Masayasu Ito, Senior Vice President of Sony Computer Entertainment recently spoke with 4Gamer about the Vita and PlayStation 4. Ito stated that the Vita is becoming more popular with younger Japanese gamers thanks to titles like Minecraft: Vita Edition. When asked about the lack of first-party development for Vita games, Ito had this to say:
Currently, first party studios have no titles in development for PS Vita. Since third parties are working very hard on PS Vita, SCE’s own strategy is to focus on PS4, which is a new platform.
Sony is doing a lot to promote the PlayStation 4, including a price drop and holding the PlayStation Experience to show their upcoming games. For now, the PlayStation 4 has taken precedence over the Vita in both marketing and game development.
Third parties are consistently making games for the Vita, but iconic Sony franchises like Ratchet & Clank or Uncharted will likely stay on PlayStation 4 in the future.