Sony Wants The PlayStation 4 To Save the PS Vita

    June 25, 2013
    Chris Richardson
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Aside from continuing the ongoing console wars, one of Sony’s primary goals for the upcoming PlayStation 4 is for the console to save the bacon of the PS Vita, Sony’s handheld gaming device. Despite having solid reviews from both consumers and the tech media, the device is still well behind Nintendo’s 3DS in terms of overall sales (31.9 million devices sold for the 3DS compared to 5.2 million Vitas).

Perhaps even more telling: the VGChartz’ data reveals that Sony’s classic console, the PlayStation 2, also outsold the Vita last week.

With that in mind, the move to make the PlayStation 4 compatible with the Vita only makes sense. In fact, during E3, it was revealed Sony wants to make “almost every PS4 title” available to Vita owners. Sony’s commitment to the Vita was again the topic of discussion during an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, where comments from PlayStation brand marketing Guy Longworth reveal Sony’s intentions:

With Vita, we’re only 15 months in to launch and now we think that with PlayStation 4 the opportunity for Vita is to be the absolutely perfect companion to the PS4. What we’re seeing is that once people get it in their hands and buy it, they’re buying games and they love it. Now, it’s not had as fast a start as we would like, that’s common knowledge. But we do really believe in that platform and think that is has a significant opportunity. We think there’s a number of things that we can do in the coming months and years that will make it a long-term sustainable business.”

The question is, will people who want the PS4 be willing to spend an additional $249.99 to have access to the PS4’s remote gaming features? Granted, it’s logical a price drop will follow the PS4 launch, making it more accessible, but is the demand for remote gaming really that high?

Yes, mobile gaming is certainly a thing, but these games are featured on devices that are considered necessary by consumers. Considering many people are already carrying around a touchscreen brick, are they going to want to carry another device? 3DS sales indicate a definitive attraction to handheld gaming, but will PS4 compatibility make the Vita a serious contender?

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  • badfella511

    Love what there trying to do but here’s a small tip. put PS home on it! If it can handle ps4 graphic than I’m sure it can handle home, I know about 20 people that would buy it if you can play PS home on it me being one of them. But I’ll probably suck it down and get it with or without home. It sucks that they don’t promote PS home enough because its a great way to show off your trophies or opinions with other people and also a easy way to pass time for free!

  • http://na l.f.

    Only Sony can save the PS Vita, they need to support their gear, Remember the NET MD??? Remember…ok, forgive the past but don’t repeat it.

    Save the ps vita, by lowering the price ONE
    ” ” not relying on 3rd party apps, create your own sony!
    ” ” making more bundles THREE
    Get your stuff together guys, when the PS VITA came out you should have had all this down , KEEP THE PRICE high and i’ll keep not buying

    after all , I want a reason not to buy an ipod, i want a reason to buy the VITA, but you keep giving me reasons not to

    gramted the ipod and vita are two seperate devices, but after all i don’t want to have two devices for gaming, music, videos, photos , apps

    i just want the one, give me a better product and i’ll pay more or what you want, or lower your price. SONY READ THIS AGAIN

  • R6ex

    I’ll wait for Vita 2, with 4G (faster download & streaming of games from GAIKAI), 1080p screen (even smartphones are running 1080p) and powered by A15s (Tegra 5, Exynos Octa etc.).

  • http://charmingoo.com/ Josh Brancek

    I would rather buy Xbox One that PS4. Just my 2 cents… BUT I would also love to play The Last of Us.

  • rawr

    ps vita was designed with the ps4. dont think they need to “save ” is bacon! is life span has just begun.

  • cdeguy

    I had the Psp 3000 and it was a good piece of hardware. the psp was great and im sure the ps vita is going to get better. I’ll eventually get a ps vita when the price goes down a bit

  • Alistair

    The Vita is Epic, we’re our own worst enemies by being the ones to not invest in it and encourage developers to release more games.

  • graizur

    I keep coming back to the idea of the Playstation Vita as the ultimate handheld. Most adults are into carrying a phone, though, so it seems hard to consider something with buttons, triggers and thumbsticks as an ultimate anything.

    I think Sony jumped the gun on the Vita and that they should have waited a year.

    Phones are very powerful compared to the Vita and their appeal is wide. If I were Sony I would work on dropping that price to $99 as fast as possible and just focus on something like SmartGlass.

    Maybe Gaikai can stream all games to the Vita via Wifi and maybe people wont mind that limitation with other games available to the Vita hardware directly but that PRICE still has to come down.

  • http://www.taosystem.org Tao System

    Isn’t Xbox one more geared toward adults and play-station is more for younger people below 18?