Sony abandons first-party development for PS Vita (Wired UK)


A moment of silence for the PlayStation Vita, if you please — Sony has confirmed it no longer has any first-party titles in development for its handheld console. While not quite a death knell, it doesn’t bode well for the hardware’s future.

Speaking to Japanese site 4Gamer (and translated by DualShockers), Sony Computer Entertainment senior vice president Masayasu Ito said that “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.”

However, Ito’s comments weren’t entirely bleak. Speaking on the Vita’s health in general, matters are slightly more positive. Although acknowledging that “at the beginning the PS Vita did not resonate with age targets under 20”, Ito added that the console’s appeal had broadened.

“Now the situation is changing and the popularity with younger demographics is increasing. Minecraft: PS Vita Edition has provided a boost,” he said. Ito also suggests that third-party support is strong for the console, saying “In addition to that, a variety of third-party games is also planned for the future, and in order to further accelerate that flow, we decided to release new colours for the PS Vita this fall.”

The new colours Ito refers to are so far planned for the Japanese market, where the handheld remains more popular than it is globally. Indeed, most of that third-party support comes from Japanese developers, so if your taste in games leans away from anime adaptations, J-RPGs, or spin-offs from either, you’re relatively short of choice.

In the west, the PS Vita has (arguably unfairly) gained a reputation for having few games, though almost paradoxically it’s also become a home for legions of indie titles, bolstered by regular free games added via Sony’s PlayStation Plus subscription service. It’s also become a cult hit, with Vita owners regularly evangelising the console’s merits.

The device has never managed to match sales of its chief rival, Nintendo’s 3DS — according to VG Chartz, worldwide sales to date put the Vita at 12.4m units, compared to 54m for 3DS (though that includes all variants of Nintendo’s hardware). The Vita’s predecessor, the PSP, shifted 76.3m units.

Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said last month that the “climate is not healthy” to produce a successor to the Vita.

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23 October 2015 | 1:36 pm – Source:


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