The handheld market has always been a tough nut to crack, Sega, SNK and even Bandai found that out the hard way and it looks as if Sony may have come to the same conclusion if, comments made by the company’s president, Shuhei Yoshida, are anything to go by.
Fielding questions during EGX 2015 last week, Mr. Yoshida was asked if Sony had any plans for a Vita 2, to which he replied;
“People have mobile phones and it’s so easy to play games on smartphones and many of these games are free, or free to start. I myself am a huge fan of PlayStation Vita and we have worked really hard on designing every aspect. Touch-based games are fun – there are many games with really good design but having sticks and buttons make things totally different. So while I hope, like many of you, that this culture of playing portable games continues the climate is not healthy right now because of the huge dominance of mobile gaming.”
So there it is, no new Sony handheld until this smartphone trend dies downs. No new Sony handheld ever then?