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Sony is Focusing On Third-Party and Indie Titles For PS Vita
Sony’s E3 2014 press conference was all about PlayStation 4 with little mention of PlayStation Vita. However, it certainly does not mean that the company has buried its beloved handheld.
In an exclusive interview with Polygon, Sony Computer Entertainment’s President Shuhei Yoshida has stated that the company’s attention has been diverted from first-party titles for PlayStation Vita towards third-party content and indie titles.
Speaking of previous generations of handhelds, Yoshida said that when they first launched PlayStation Portable, people were excited to see PlayStation 2 graphics in their hands. But as time went by, PlayStation 3 launched and people’s expectations from handhelds increased.
That is where Sony launched PlayStation Vita having same capabilities as a PlayStation 3 system, but then came in PlayStation 4 and expectations once again rose.
So when we launched the Vita with Uncharted, it was amazing; PS3-like quality in your palm, but as time moved on, you are seeing PS4 quality and people’s expectations for the graphic fidelity has gone up.
To Yoshida, with increased power of consoles, the Vita’s graphical capability has become less of a ‘talking point’.
Speaking of indie titles, Yoshida stated that he is glad that indie developers are providing a lot of great content for PlayStation Vita. With these titles, players can spend hours with their handheld without having to watch long cinematic which is helping Vita to move ahead.
Instead of watching big stories or cinematic, you can spend hours on Vita. So, I think that’s actually the biggest star to help provide great content to Vita going forward. And we continue to make games cross-platform games, especially on digital side.
When asked whether PlayStation Vita will be seeing fewer first-party titles:
“I would say, yes, that’s correct,” Yoshida said.
Do you think Sony is headed in a right direction and PS Vita will ever be able to match PSP’s success? Let us know!