Mobile gaming has been a mixed bag for quite some time, especially when dealing with the smartphone market. Many times, developers confuse the passive gaming aspect of mobile gaming from the actually gaming environment of gamers that like more than to simply play Angry Birds or Bejeweled Blitz on their phone.
Many companies, like Sony, have tried hard to capture some of that market but fail to understand that people would rather stick to the devices they own rather than fork out some more money for a separate device that they don’t need to be completely dedicated to gaming. Sony has been rather negative on the future of mobile gaming and their decision to not develop Vita games is a bit of a big deal.
When the Vita was released in 2012, Sony has developed MLB The Show for the device, but recently Masayasu Ito told 4Gamer that “first-party studios have no titles in development for PS Vita,” adding that Sony Computer Entertainment’s strategy now is “to focus on PS4.” Of course, that is courtesy of a translation by DualShockers.
“Currently, first party studios have no titles in development for PS Vita. Since third parties are working very hard on PS Vita, SCE’s own strategy is to focus on PS4, which is a new platform.”
Given that Sony has only really developed MLB The Show for the handheld, it is not a completely devastating blow but the appearance of “lack of faith” could be enough for third-party developers to no longer pursue developing for the Vita.
It is possible that he “misspoke” or the translation was rough, given that Sony is releasing multi-colored options for the Vita and that Minecraft: PS Vita Edition has been doing well. It could, also, be that they do not have any games “currently” in development for the device as to focus on the PS4. With Microsoft changing the game a bit, this could be the reason for Sony to shift focus a bit.