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PS Vita 2 anyone? Sony says no.

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PSP3-PS-Vita-2.jpg.bf3c1bb29290f2b81da0ca6d4569dbde.jpgSad days indeed for those of you holding out for a PS Vita 2 as Sony remains adamant they have no plans to jump back into the handheld market.

 

When asked about a potential Switch competitor, that line of discussion was swiftly shut down by Sony CEO Andrew House. House said

 

"The company does not see big potential in the handheld market."

 

“The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid device, thus it has a completely different strategy from the PlayStation,” House told Bloomberg Japan, adding “We are focusing our attention on making products that can be played in the living room.”

 

It's odd that Sony have adopted such a stance as it was recently revealed they had already filed patents for a Vita successor:

 

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Sony launched the Vita in 2012 off the back of its older more successful brother the PSP which over its lifetime sold 84 million units, but sadly the Vita just couldn't compete selling a poor 10 million units down to Sonys lack of support, poor third party and multiplayer offerings and funky weird control scheme all of which contributed to its demise whereas it’s competitor the 3DS went on to sell 69million units.

 

Some would argue that the Vita laid the groundwork for the Switch by wetting the appetite of gamers who wanted to experience home-console like games on the go. And while the Vita may not have been a success, that’s not to say they couldn’t be successful in the future.

 

Just look at the Switch; it’s off to a great start selling over 7 million units thus far and had there not been any availability issues that number may have been even higher and going into the holiday season the Switch is looking to be a hot ticket item with an impressive games lineup and a sweet price tag so we can see it being under many a Christmas tree this year!

 

Would you like to see a PS Vita 2? Let us know your thoughts in the ....!

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Nah. I think that Sony is right by not investing in handhelds anymore. It's clearly something Nintendo mastered ages ago, and while the PSP was cool, Sony doesn't have what it takes to compete in so many markets. Sony makes televisions, computers, speakers, amplifiers, headphones, cameras, cell phones, printers, projectors, laptops, and tablets.

Let Nintendo have this one. They consistently do it better.

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I'd love Sony to continue the handheld industry going. I feel with Gameshark announcing(hinting) at Pokemon US/UM being the last Pokemon game on the system is a sign that the system might be losing its production soon, and the switch will be the main focus. Not that it would be a bad thing, just seems that the handheld Era may be coming to a close. (yes the switch is a handheld hybrid, but it's more of a 'main line console' if you get what I mean?'

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I'd love Sony to continue the handheld industry going. I feel with Gameshark announcing(hinting) at Pokemon US/UM being the last Pokemon game on the system is a sign that the system might be losing its production soon, and the switch will be the main focus. Not that it would be a bad thing, just seems that the handheld Era may be coming to a close. (yes the switch is a handheld hybrid, but it's more of a 'main line console' if you get what I mean?'

 

I love my 3DS, there's just something really compelling about having something I can flip open and closed and shove in my pocket! I just don't see smartphones as a practical alternative right now with 'touch-screen' inputs - sorry, touch isn't a good enough substitute for physical buttons!

 

Hope Sony decide to join the handheld game again, I will never give up on handheld gaming. Smartphone companies can keep shoving touch-screen phone gaming down my throat but I aint biting!

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I love my 3DS, there's just something really compelling about having something I can flip open and closed and shove in my pocket! I just don't see smartphones as a practical alternative right now with 'touch-screen' inputs - sorry, touch isn't a good enough substitute for physical buttons!

 

Hope Sony decide to join the handheld game again, I will never give up on handheld gaming. Smartphone companies can keep shoving touch-screen phone gaming down my throat but I aint biting!

 

Totally agree with the touchscreen versus physical buttons thing. I suppose that's from growing up with GB/GBA influencing me though.

The PSP was so good;it's such a shame that the vita isn't doing so well and Sony want to pull out of the handheld market when they have something as good as the PSP on their backs.

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I think Sony's stance is understandable, handhelds are aimed at more casual gamers, where as most PS4 owners are hardcore gamers and mostly into their COD, battlefield etc, games that should be played on a large screen.

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Lets be realistic the psp did okay but it hardly put a dent in nintendos ds market.

The vita did poorly and couldn't hold a candle to the 3ds, providing ironically the same old lesson that Nintendo has been implementing forever.

That handheld units benefit from lessor graphics but better affordability, battery life and usability.

The game boy had an atrociousness non backlit screen as we all know but the battery life was like 8hrs and it was alot cheaper than rivals just like 3ds to vita and same for the games.

Meanwhile the Sega game gear was colour and backlit but it had like 2hrs and was alot more expensive ect.

Sorry for the history lesson Im sure everyone already knows... Point is Nintendo own the portable market and Sony's lost more than they've gained from trying.

Sadly it just doesn't make sense from a business standpoint to try and compete with them at this point as much a shame it is to see such potential to go to waste. 

 

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