A PlayStation Vita Successor Sounds Unlikely

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

New PlayStation TV Hack Lets Users Play Any PS Vita Game.

The PlayStation TV from Sony made its way over to the US in October last year, and there has been not much news about this particular living room peripheral since then. While holding fair sales in their domestic market of Japan, the Vita just never caught on with the same fire that its predecessor, the PSP, did worldwide. I suppose it more or less existed, and did not really light up the market, but this does not mean that it has not received the attention of those those are curious to know how things run in the back end.

A bevy of exclusives, from Uncharted: Golden Abyss to Gravity Rush, have slowly but surely dried up, with Sony’s first party studios unconcerned with the PlayStation handheld. With touch screen capabilities and superior graphics, during the R&D phase it seemed like a wonderful leap forward for handhelds and an obvious course of action for Sony to pursue. Unfortunately, it was also timed for the rise in prominence of smart phones and it was this latter technology that quickly eclipsed the need for additional gadgets in consumer pockets. Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, has stated that the climate for a PS Vita successor is “not healthy.” Speaking at this year’s Eurogamer Expo, held in Birmingham in the UK, Yoshida was asked about a possible successor to the PlayStation Vita. “That’s a tough question,” he replied. “People have mobile phones and it’s so easy to play games on smartphones.

The Digital Foundry video above will walk you through the process, but essentially you’ll need to download a few certain files and then open them in the PS TV’s email client. 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.”

Sony is seeing massive success with their PlayStation 4, despite the track records with Vita and PlayStation TV so whatever comes next will be nothing if not interesting.

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