Sony Confirms First-Party Development on PlayStation Vita has Stopped
Sony has recently confirmed that all first-party development for PlayStation Vita has stopped.
Masatasu Ito, Sony Computer Entertainment SVP, confirmed in an interview with 4Gamers (translated quotes taken from IGN) that first-party developers are focusing exclusively on PlayStation 4. Ito stated the following:
“Currently, first-party studios have no titles in development for PS Vita. Since third-parties are working very hard on PS Vita, SCE’s own strategy is to focus on PS4, which is a new platform.
“At the beginning the PS Vita did not resonate with age targets under 20, but now the situation is changing and the popularity with younger demographics is increasing. Minecraft: PS Vita Edition has provided a boost.
“In addition to that, a variety of third party games is also planned for the future, and in order to further accelerate that flow, we decided to release new colors for the PS Vita this fall.”
Sony had previously stated that no first-party titles were currently in development for PlayStation Vita, but it would appear from the above statements that the long term plan is to only focus on PlayStation 4 and leave the Vita to third-party developers for the rest of the console’s life cycle.
Sony is sure to make further announcements during its Paris Games Week conference and its PlayStation Experience event, though it is likely that the PlayStation 4 will be the only console receiving announcements.
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