Sony isn't giving up on portable gaming just yet

Shawn Knight

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The PlayStation Vita handheld console may be nearing the end of its lifecycle but that doesn’t necessarily mean Sony’s mobile ambitions are dying with it.

Sony’s John (Tsuyoshi) Kodera at a roundtable interview in Tokyo on Wednesday said he believes that rather than separating portable gaming from consoles, it’s necessary to continue to think of [portable gaming] as one method to deliver more gaming experiences and exploring what their customers want from portable.

Kodera replaced Andrew House as President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment last October. His words at the roundtable could be dissected in a manner that suggests Sony is at least interested in pursuing a mobile-heavy approach with its next offering, similar to the path Nintendo took with its hybrid Switch console last year.

With Sony reportedly ending production of physical PS Vita games in the near future, the PlayStation 4 entering the latter half of its lifecycle, rumors of the PS5 already making the rounds and the increasing popularity of mobile devices, it makes sense that Sony may be exploring the possibility of breaking free from the living room with its next console. Plus, Nintendo has proven with its Switch that a market does exist for a hybrid system.

Either way, another dedicated handheld like the PS Vita seems unlikely in this landscape.

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MilwaukeeMike

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You'd think a company that watched it's small point-and-shoot digital camera market evaporate because we're now all carrying one around in our pocket wouldn't make a similar mistake with mobile gaming.
 

GeforcerFX

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You'd think a company that watched it's small point-and-shoot digital camera market evaporate because we're now all carrying one around in our pocket wouldn't make a similar mistake with mobile gaming.
Yet it's competition sold over 150 million of there system, the cellphone argument doesn't work. When we lost everything but Japanese game companies where the only titles that's when the vita died, but in the west it never had a chance since Sony never advertised it, how is anyone suppose to know it exists.
 

Theinsanegamer

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Sony has had two failures in the mobile scene, the PSP and the Vita. You would think thye would figure it out sooner or later, if you want your mobile platform to succeed, you have to SUPPORT IT.

Sony didnt support the vita. Even first party titles were farmed out. The big publishers avoided it. Throw in the lack of good advertising and the expensive proprietary memory cards and the short battery life, it is amazing anybody bought them.

Meanwhile, the 3DS has sold very, very well, and the switch continues to be in high demand.
 

Lounds

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Sony has had two failures in the mobile scene, the PSP and the Vita. You would think thye would figure it out sooner or later, if you want your mobile platform to succeed, you have to SUPPORT IT.

Sony didnt support the vita. Even first party titles were farmed out. The big publishers avoided it. Throw in the lack of good advertising and the expensive proprietary memory cards and the short battery life, it is amazing anybody bought them.

Meanwhile, the 3DS has sold very, very well, and the switch continues to be in high demand.
How was the PSP a failure?

The whole rumour about making a portable PS4 isn't impossible, if the jaguar cores were at 7nm it's possible that they could reduce the power consumption to let's say 35w total system power, ideally you want 15w or less for a portable device, maybe they make a cut down version that capable of running PS4 games?