Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida believes that, in spite of Sony categorically dropping the Vita and ending all major support for it, to the extent that the handheld did not even get any time during Sony’s E3 presser this year, the system will continue to be a great place to play games.
“So today our focus as first-party is to work on PS4 titles,” Yoshida said to GameReactor, “but we’re offering digital games that works on PS4 and PS Vita, games that we release are this year like Helldivers, works really well on PS Vita as well.
“And there’s no shortage of great Vita games coming out from great indies, like Volume or Super Time Force Ultra, that come with [their] PS4 counterpart that people can purchase one game and get the game on both platforms, and you can play at home on PS4 and you can continue playing on your PS Vita.
Yoshida continued: “People love it. I love it, the way I can play the games on Vita on the go, because I travel a lot. I’ve been playing Shovel Knight, and that’s awesome, but I can continue my play at home on PS4 as well. So we continue to support these efforts, and some Japanese publishers are announcing new exciting titles as well, like you saw the World of Final Fantasy announced by Square-Enix, that will come on PS Vita as well.
“So I think PS Vita will continue to be a great platform to play games, and there will continue to be great games coming out on the system as well.”
You know, usually I am appreciative of what Yoshida has to say, but I have to call bullshit on this one. The Vita could have been a great handheld, but Sony sabotaged it at every turn, before dropping it for dead with little provocation. If at this point, the handheld continues to do well – which it won’t, it’s barely subsisting – then it won’t have anything to do with Sony, and more to do with indie developers.