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Jim Ryan: “Vita was brilliant in many ways, and the actual gaming experience was great, but clearly it’s a business that we’re no longer in”


Nov 15, 2017
So, uhh, can we get some of those smaller titles on Switch, there Sony...? Microsoft has let their IPs play with Nintendo, after all...


The Fallen
Oct 28, 2017
You'll get your LocoRoco and Patapon PS4 ports and like them a lot, since they're not doing any more PSP conversions!

Man, even the PS2 ports of some of those PSP games aren't available.
I'm most excited for PS5 because it is an opportunity for Sony to right this wrong. Make your legacy library available. I understand PS3 is impossible without Now, but let me buy PS1, PS2, PSP and Vita games digitally.

I don't trust in Jim Ryan to sign off on that though.


Nov 11, 2017
At this point with the power and capabilities of phones, unless you are going to go all out with something spectacular and broadly supported, it doesn't make sense to make a separate handheld.

A Switch style console is one thing but a regular old handheld is the past.
Feb 1, 2018
I never saw a Vita IRL, but PSP's were everywhere in 2004-2006. I think mostly because they had the best internet browsing and media consumption experience for any device until the iPhone launched and disrupted the market permanently

A Switch style console is one thing but a regular old handheld is the past.
Switch Lite is the "regular old handheld" and seems to be selling well


Oct 26, 2017
True. Sony has lost all goodwill after the PSP, and couldn't secure any system sellers for the Vita at all. They showed off Monster Hunter, Yakuza, MGS4, Bioshock etc but all were just smokes and mirrors, and most of the hyped titles like Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty turned out to be dud.


Mar 26, 2019
Would anyone buy one if they did? It makes no business sense to make a standalone handheld.
After it was out for a year and it was clear that it was going to get all the ports that were coming out on Switch and that it wouldn't be abandoned by Sony. I would sell my Switch in a heartbeat and pick that up. Sony is still a company so they aren't perfect but damn do I hate Nintendo.

I bet I would be able to backup my saves physically if not digitally without paying for a subscription too.


Oct 25, 2017
The lack of support for the Vita along with pricey Memory cards caused its downfall.

Real shame after the PSP


Oct 29, 2017
I'm still very much hopeful that they'll manage to make a PS5 Portable within the next 3 to 4 years. Let it play ps1,2,3,4 and 5 games along with PSP and Vita, then slap 5G functionality on it for Now. This is my dream 😃

And yeah, I'm confident the PS5 will be fully bc with all past devices,
Oct 26, 2017
United Kingdom
From Game Informer:

Here's the quote:
'PlayStation Vita was brilliant in many ways, and the actual gaming experience was great, but clearly it’s a business that we’re no longer in now'.
This quote doesn't match the thread title... like at all.

Man God

Oct 25, 2017
SCEA reaction to the Vita was the first sign they were taking over leading PlayStation as a western first brand. It was also the right move to dump that thing ASAP.


Oct 27, 2017
i don't understand what endgame (profit) would be in it for sony at this point with a dedicated portable. even if they did support the everloving fuck out of vita where would that have landed in 2019?

i just find it a weird thing to harp on at this point


Dec 9, 2017
I’m one of the biggest Vita fans out there, but why would they make a dedicated portable device if you can play PS4 games from existing mobile devices?


Feb 3, 2019
I wasn’t talking about it’s specs. I’m talking about the platform itself. PSP has a way better library of games.
Well sure but that's only because they completely abandoned the handheld market like a year in.

The Vita was garbage because they gave up; what you're saying is that they should give up because the Vita was garbage. These are not the same thing. A parallel universe where Sony didn't give up could have meant a great Vita.
Oct 29, 2017
They can't even make Naughty Dog develop a Vita game...

I remember some PR spin that ND will make a game for Vita, when ND themselves saying they wont.


Oct 27, 2017
Probably for the best. With Nvidia as a partner Nintendo could basically get tech in line with whatever Sony could get so they wouldn't have that advantage anymore either.