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

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