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No, the Vita isn’t dead…yet

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Speaking in an investor talk, Global CEO and President of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House referred to the company’s handheld as a “legacy platform.” Naturally, this led many to believe that Sony had abandoned the Vita. Well, abandoned it more than they already have. Apparently, that’s not the case – and that what he meant by “legacy,” was a write-off of components used for the first generation of the Vita. Hmm.

“What Andy mentioned as ‘legacy platform’ was a part of the write-off the PS Vita component for the first generation of PS Vita, which is no longer available in the market,” a Sony spokesperson told GamesBeat. “And he did not directly mean the current PS Vita and PS TV models, which are available in the market. Our portable business will be continued, and many users are now enjoying PS4 remote play features as well as original PS Vita game titles on PS Vita and PS TV.”

Still, it doesn’t look like the Vita will factor much in to Sony’s strategy for the remainder of the year and beyond – and Sony’s already said that it’ll be focusing less on first party titles.

“It’s very fortunate that the indie boom happened and they are providing lots of great content to Vita,” Shuhei Yoshida said last year. “Gameplay, game mechanic wise, people want to spend 10 minutes, 15 minutes getting in and out. On Vita, it’s great with suspended functionality, so these indie games really great for that from a game design standpoint.

“Instead of watching big stories or cinematics, you can spend hours on Vita. So, I think that’s actually the biggest star to help provide great content to Vita going forward. And we continue to make games cross-platform games, especially on digital side.”

The PlayStation Vita has become the machine for pick-up and play, smaller indie titles – and one of the best arguments for renewing a PlayStation Plus subscription. So no, Sony hasn’t killed the Vita – though many might argue that it’s been dead for ages.

Last Updated: May 28, 2015

27 Comments

  1. kuuu(UMAR)rrrr

    May 28, 2015 at 09:34

    FAR from dead. It’s just really niche. It’s my little slice of Japanese heaven.

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 28, 2015 at 09:37

      XD

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    • Pariah

      May 28, 2015 at 09:39

      • kuuu(UMAR)rrrr

        May 28, 2015 at 09:47

        lol………..Part of it 😀

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      • WitWolfy

        May 28, 2015 at 11:15

        Your missing a school girl in that pic bro.

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        • Pariah

          May 28, 2015 at 11:17

          *You’re

          And nope. The schoolgirl in this case happens to be @umarbastra:disqus XD

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          • WitWolfy

            May 28, 2015 at 11:30

            Grammar Nazi.

          • Pariah

            May 28, 2015 at 11:31

            Proudly. 🙂

    • RinceTheElfRoot

      May 28, 2015 at 09:54

      What about all those other tentacle slices?

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      • kuuu(UMAR)rrrr

        May 28, 2015 at 09:56

        Ate them already 😀

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  2. Hammersteyn

    May 28, 2015 at 09:37

    Still have mine for loadshedding and the backlog grows every month. It’s too bad I don’t have more time for it with the PS4 taking up all my time. Hell I just remembered I’m still busy with Duke3D on the PS3 and now Call of Juarez Gunslinger has been added there as well.
    http://jackiebledsoe.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Need-more-time.jpg

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    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 28, 2015 at 09:48

      Duke3D on PS3?

      Sheesh, I played that game in 1996 on a 486…is the PS3 that crappy?

      😛

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      • Hammersteyn

        May 28, 2015 at 09:55

        LOL, it’s actually a proper remaster so it’s more like 2006

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        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 28, 2015 at 09:59

          Yeah, just pulling your leg. I played the remaster on Steam not too long ago, the Megaton Edition, so many good memories relived!

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    • SEGA Neptune

      May 28, 2015 at 10:13

      Nep Nep loves how a tiny 300mb game is still the most played game on the Vita 🙂

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  3. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 28, 2015 at 09:47

    Hy is nie dood nie, hy is net uitgepass

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 28, 2015 at 09:47

      Koos Kombuis!

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      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 28, 2015 at 10:00

        xD

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  4. RinceTheElfRoot

    May 28, 2015 at 09:54

    It’s actually a really great piece of tech. OvG has been playing that more than his PS4 (until Witcher III came out that is).

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  5. SEGA Neptune

    May 28, 2015 at 10:05

    NEP NEP LOVES THE VITA 🙂

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  6. Fnuik

    May 28, 2015 at 10:10

    Haven’t touched mine for a few months. Tried using it for remote play when I just got my ps4 but the lack of trigger buttons is a deal breaker for me. Just do not have the same control over the game using the vita.

    Now if only Sony would let me use my old Tablet Z for remote play with the DS4. Then my wife can watch her soaps all she wants.

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    • WitWolfy

      May 28, 2015 at 11:16

      Get a Sony Experia Z3 then, thats why I’m gonna do.

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      • Fnuik

        May 28, 2015 at 11:35

        But then I have to play on a phone size screen, want to use my tablet.

        I actually think Sony is missing a great opportunity by not creating a remote play app for any android or ios device.

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  7. WitWolfy

    May 28, 2015 at 11:13

    I LOVE ME VITA. Whoever says its POS and deserves to die dont know Jack.

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  8. Jay Menton

    May 28, 2015 at 11:36

    Still alive and kicking. . .
    Just go look at gematsu, every 2nd or 3rd article is about a vita game. . . .might not be as alive in the west, but the east is doing extremely well.

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  9. Francois Knoetze

    May 28, 2015 at 13:53

    Sold mine last year. it didn’t get much love since my PS4 and Xbox One took centre stage. Still a great piece of kit though. I am curious about the leaked documents with the trigger buttons. if it is real and gets announced at E3 I might be tempted to get one again

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  10. Marc O Polo

    May 28, 2015 at 14:52

    I really don’t know why but I still want one

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