Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, thinks it’s too difficult to release a handheld in today’s smartphone and tablet orientated world. Yoshida was asked whether or not they would consider bringing out a successor to the PlayStation Vita and he said that he didn’t believe the climate was healthy enough for them to release another dedicated handheld machine. That could change, but it seems fairly unlikely.
“People have mobile phones and it’s so easy to play games on smartphones,” Yoshida said. “And many games on smartphones are free, or free to start.
“I myself am a huge fan of PlayStation Vita and we worked really hard on designing every aspect. Touch-based games are fun – there are many games with really good design. 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.”
Thanks, Alex F