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Shuhei Yoshida “Very Happy” That People are Using the PS Vita as a “Companion Device”

June 18, 2014 Written by Alex Co

Hey look, it's a PS4 and two controllers!

Earlier today, we posted on the site how Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida said to expect fewer first-party games for Sony’s handheld, the PlayStation Vita.

While that might not be welcome news to Vita owners, it seems Yoshida is looking at the PS Vita as not just a gaming handheld, but also as a “companion device” to the PlayStation 4. Speaking to Game Informer at E3, Yoshida talked about how the handheld isn’t an independent gaming device as it once was, to which Yoshida replied:

It’s still an independent platform you can play on. There are games for Vita, especially in Japan…However, more and more people use it as a companion device for PS4 and we are very happy that people are using it as such. We are bringing PlayStation Now to PS Vita. We are making it more of a total ecosystem, with PS4 as the central device.

Be sure to check out our E3 video interview with Yoshida where he talks about the PlayStation ecosystem and losts more.

I honestly would be fine with the Vita acting as a companion device, but there’s no reason why it can’t be that and have a good slate of games, too. Do you use your Vita as a companion device now that the PS4′s out or should Sony push for independence for it? Sound off and let us know.