Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios has revealed this week that Sony has no plans to create a follow-up device to their PlayStation Vita handheld portable games console.
The PlayStation Vita originally launched in Japan back during December 2011, which was then followed by a launch in Europe during February 2012.
Since their launch both the Sony’s Vita and Nintendo’s 3DS handheld consoles have sold less than units than the systems that preceded them. Yoshida explained that :
Due to the rise of smartphone gaming had created an unhealthy climate in which to launch a successor.- People have mobile phones and it’s so easy to play games on smartphones. 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.