For many, the PS Vita was seen as a way for Sony to finally get a leg up in the portable gaming department, where Nintendo has dominated for decades. Yet, despite having better hardware, and some good core details, the PS Vita truly failed to gain ground where Sony had hoped. Though sales are reportedly better (due to Minecraft and other titles), Sony Computer Entertainment senior vice president Masayasu Ito told 4Gamer that First Party support for the Vita is no longer in development.
“Currently, first-party studios have no titles in development for PS Vita,” he said. “Since third-parties are working very hard on PS Vita, SCE’s own strategy is to focus on PS4, which is a new platform.”
He added: “At the beginning the PS Vita did not resonate with age targets under 20, but now the situation is changing and the popularity with younger demographics is increasing. Minecraft: PS Vita Edition has provided a boost. In addition to that, a variety of third party games is also planned for the future, and in order to further accelerate that flow, we decided to release new colors for the PS Vita this fall.”
We’ll have to wait and see what the true future holds for the Vita, if there is one outside of the third party support.