Sony is bent on reviving the PlayStation Vita, which currently is being dominated in the market by the increasing trend in mobile gaming, as well as Nintendo’s 3DS. Even with the impending release of PlayStation 4, Sony spent a large portion of their Gamescom 2013 press conference last week to show off the Vita as a primary companion to their next-generation console.
With Sony announcing a future goal of featuring remote play functionality on the Vita with every PlayStation 4 title, it was only a matter of time before Sony confirmed cross-platform chat as well.
While answering a fan’s question on twitter recently, Sony’s Worldwide President Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed the addition of party chat. That essentially means that players on either platform can invite each other in their party chat, a feature which has been called for by PlayStation 3 consumers for some time now.
The news will surely please the gaming community who now have the freedom of communicating with their friends regardless of what platforms they are playing on.
At Gamescom 2013, Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 would launch on November 15 for the price of $400. The bundle will not include the camera which has to be purchased separately.
The PlayStation Vita on the other hand is currently available at a newly slashed rate of $199 in North America, which significantly is for both the Wi-Fi and 3G models.
Additionally, Sony also announced price cuts for the memory cards as well, with the 16gb model now available for $37, down from $59.99; while both the 8gb and 32gb models are available for $23.13 and $78.38 respectively, down from $29.99 and $99.99. The price cut, along with Sony’s added companion support for the PlayStation 4 might just be the ingredients to help raise the handheld’s sales.
The Vita launched in February of 2012 and since then has been struggling to meet ends.