Andrew House, the president of Sony Entertainment Interactive pretty much shut down the idea of a Vita 2. In an interview with Bloomberg Technology Andrew House said, “we have not seen [handheld gaming outside of Asia] as being a huge market opportunity.” The interview continues with House explaining that smartphones will be the dominant way to play handheld games in the future.
This lines up with Sony’s investment into its own mobile games company ForwardWorks. While ForwardWorks has yet to release any games, the studio is currently in development of a mobile version of Sony’s popular Everybody’s Golf series (or Hot Shots Golf as it has become known as in the States). It remains to be seen just how successful Sony’s mobile market will be. Though we have seen some success with Nintendo’s foray into the world of smartphones.
While House never completely denied a Vita 2, it certainly doesn’t look like Sony has any interest in another hand held system. This is a crushing blow to all those who were holding out a small glimmer of hope for a Vita successor. Many were quick to assume that a Vita 2 might come as an answer to the Nintendo Switch. Andrew House doesn’t seem very concerned about the Switch, saying that he hasn’t seen the device have an impact on Sony’s sales.
The Vita has still not breathed it’s last breath, with publishers like Limited Run continuously releasing physical copies of games for the system. There has also been heavy support from many Japanese developers as well. The Vita still remains a beloved gaming device among fans and should go on to become somewhat of a cult classic in the retro gaming community. It will be sad to see Sony leave the market of handheld devices after such success with the PSP and Vita, but hopefully we will see many of Sony’s handheld franchises make the jump to home console in the years to come.