Sony Exec: Vita “Developed For PS4, Much More Than PS3”
A little fact that is both worrying and exciting to me is that all PS4 titles will be required to support Vita Remote Play, with the exception of those that support specific hardware like PS4 Eye or whatnot.
This requirement wasn’t in place for the PS3, and Sony Computer Entertainment UK managing director Fergal Gara told GamesIndustry International that it gives the Vita a much needed “shot in the arm”.
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“[Vita] is a very worthy and better successor to PSP,” Gara said.
“Where it’s been difficult has been proving the companion status for PlayStation 3. The fact is it was developed for PS4, much more than PS3.
“The number of things we could demonstrate and prove was limited – there’s been some good examples – but now we go into the PS4 era, that companion device will look far more clear. We’re optimistic it’s got a lot more legs left in it and the PS4 has given it a shot in the arm.”
Gara added: “When you consider something like Watch Dogs will be available for PS Vita via the Remote Play functionality it’s very exciting. And the fact the PS4 is coming out at a well-received price point means it’s not out of the question to own both.”
In May, as part of its full-year financial briefing, Sony published annual PlayStation hardware sales forecasts for the current business year, and this showed an expected decline in sales of its portable systems. A combined total of a lowly five million Vita and PSP sales were forecast during the period. That’s down from seven million handheld sales reported for the business year that ended April 2013.
When asked if Sony launched the Vita too early, Gara told GI: “That might be a point worth reflecting on in a year or two’s time and maybe we’ll be answering that as yes. It’s a little early to judge, certainly if it takes off now than we’ll reflect on it.”
Personally, I call bullshit. About the Vita being developed for PS4. Maybe it’s better suited, but as a owner myself, as clearly as it can be said, it’s simply a failure right now. Only PlayStation Plus saves it from being a total wreck. Sony themselves admitted that they were surprised by the lack of third party support for the system.
I am still hopeful that the PS4 will usher in a bit of a revival for the system, as well as the new game announcements, but since the machine has only ever been my FIFA station since I bought it, I won’t hold my breath. It’s sad really, because it does actually have potential.
I mean despite rampant piracy, the PSP was a hugely successful system, at least with regards to games, and I always had something to play on it. Maybe the Vita is too restrictive? Maybe it’s too costly to develop for it? I don’t know for sure, but I do know that I see minimal reason to have one right now unless portable FIFA is your greatest friend.
Let’s hope the PS4 era changes it.