The path of Sony in the portable console industry started quite well with the launch of the PlayStation Portable. However, the arrival of PS Vita was not so fortunate, at least not in the West. Given this, it was thought that the company will completely abandon the portable game, but apparently, their plans are different.
John Kodera, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said the company will continue to experience the portable gaming sector. The manager made it clear that, at the moment, they do not have concrete plans for hardware, but they do research and plan something related to that area.
“In my opinion, rather than separating portable gaming from consoles, it’s necessary to continue thinking of it as one method to deliver more gaming experiences and exploring what our customers want from portable. We want to think about many options,” Kodera said during a meeting with Bloomberg.
It must be taken into account that the manager’s statements do not necessarily imply a new portable console. Sony has also bet on the development of games for mobile devices, so it could have plans to expand into this popular sector of the industry.
On the other hand, they have the PlayLink initiative, which takes advantage of the interaction between mobile and PlayStation 4 to offer a new gaming experience.
The truth is that everything indicates that PS Vita will stop receiving support in the coming years. In fact, we know that Sony will stop making physical games for its potable at the beginning of 2019. The console enjoys good popularity in Japan, so this measure will not apply on there, where there will be support beyond next year.
Andrew House, former manager of the company, said that portable consoles have low potential in the market. However, Kodera could well change the focus of its strategy and bet on that sector.
Sony has long since registered a patent for a console similar to Nintendo Switch, but apparently has no plans at the moment to announce new hardware.