We have not been able to get an important announcement related to PlayStation Vita for a long time, and although it seems unlikely that the portable will appear in E3 2017, Sony Interactive Entertainment America president Shawn Layden has said that the system continues with some relevance, at least for the Asian market.
“Vita is still a viable platform, chiefly in the Japanese and Asian markets,” said Layden during an interview with The Verge. “We still have developers in Japan who are building for that platform. But it just didn’t get over the hump in Europe and America. It’s hard to know exactly why, but it didn’t garner a large enough audience here for us to continue to build for it.”
Layden mentioned that they do not know exactly why PlayStation Vita did not get a large audience in the markets of America and Europe, but explained that little response caused the new releases to be down.
Finally, the manager expressed that PlayStation Vita is “his favorite portable”, and that he travels with it “all the time, playing Hot Shots Golf consistently.” Unfortunately, Layden did not give some glimmer of hope on the possible rebirth of the console.
Today, Nintendo dominates the portable market with Nintendo 3DS, while Switch begins to open ground, as the hybrid console receives more and more attention from Indie developers.
Will we see new games for PlayStation Vita in E3 2017? Although there is very little chance of this happening, it is a fact that Sony will give other types of surprises in their conference.