PlayStation Vita 2 Probably Won’t Be Happening Thanks To The Rise Of Mobile Gaming

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

PlayStation Vita 2 Probably Won’t Be Happening Thanks To The Rise Of Mobile Gaming.

Quizzed by a fan on whether the PlayStation Vita could ever get a successor, the likeable suit told a packed panel that while his team has enjoyed working on the system, the mobile sector is a different beast these days.While not all games utilize these features, Sony went on to implement a controversial whitelist for their PlayStation TV microconsole that would prevent Vita games from being played on it, a decision which our technical users might see the point of implementing. Trying to capitalize on the wild success of the Nintendo DS, which is the best-selling mobile console and second-best selling game console of all time, Sony released the Vita as their answer to mobile gaming at the end of 2011 but failed to see strong results. Unfortunately, smartphone gaming is such a huge obstacle that during a Q&A session at EGX 2015, Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, told attendees that the climate is “not healthy” enough for Sony to release the PS Vita 2 right now.

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. The PlayStation 4 delivers a high-definition image, stereoscopic at 120 frames a second, which is double what most games that you imagine today deliver. In fact, the latest Nintendo handheld, the 3DS, uses ARM cores developed in 2005, basic LCD screens, 128 MB of internal memory and no dedicated graphics processor. 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. “People have mobile phones and it’s so easy to play games on smartphones”, said Yoshida, adding “many games on smartphones are free, or free to start” in contrast with more expensive Vita titles. Most smartphones made in the last five years can outstrip those statistics handily, and a several-year-old smartphone comes far cheaper than the $200 price tag on the 3DS before one starts buying game cartridges at prices approaching $50 new.

The PlayStation TV already lets users simulate the touchscreen and rear touchpad using a DualShock controller, so occasional touch-based mini-games shouldn’t be a big concern (though the Vita’s camera and tilt controls are a different story). This year, mobile gaming revenues are expected to overtake that of console games, with titles like Clash of Clans, Angry Birds 2, and even the new game from pop singer Demi Lovato making bank from microtransactions.

We haven’t been able to test the hack for ourselves yet, but Vita Reviews has a growing list of Vita games and apps that are newly playable on a hacked PlayStation TV system. Based on how fast smartphones are growing and are being adopted around the world, it seems unlikely that the demand for handheld consoles will be picking up anytime soon, but what do you guys think? All you need to do is only send PlayStation TV a message from your email app with the writer.eml file attached (a download link can be found on the source’s website) and rename it as #0 without an extension.

His comments about having sticks and buttons are interesting in themselves, as the development of gaming peripherals for smartphones is also on the rise; in fact, as the Inquisitr has previously reported Samsung is currently developing the Samsung Gear VR specifically for use with their phones, and have a control stick on the way to support it; HTC has also been designing motion controls to work with their HTC Vive headset.

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