Sony’s handheld game console, the PlayStation Vita, has not been as successful as the Japanese company would have wanted. Now, a top executive from Sony has said that there will be no first party games for the Vita anymore. At least, for the foreseeable future.
Instead, Sony will be focusing its efforts on its much more successful PlayStation 4 system. Sony Computer Entertainment Vice President Masayasu 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.
Basically, we will only see third party games released on the Vita in the near future. Until Sony actually announces its own game for the handheld console, we probably won’t see any development from the company. In light of this, it’s not surprising how the successor to Gravity Rush – which was originally developed for the Vita – will only be released on the PS4.
Facing stiff competition from Nintendo’s handheld, the 3DS (and its many, many iterations), it’s not hard to see why the Vita isn’t very successful. Despite the fact that the 3DS isn’t as powerful as the Vita, the former has many exclusive titles, which include the highly popular Monster Hunter franchise.
While first party games don’t usually make up the bulk of a console’s library of games, Sony’s lack of support for the Vita is concerning. If the company itself isn’t making games for the system, we wonder if third party developers will be inclined to develop games for the Vita.