Shuhei Yoshida on PS Vita: “Our Focus Has Shifted to PS4 and PS VR,” We’re Happy to See 3rd Party & Indie Support
Following comments from Sony Computer Entertainment Executive Vice President Masayasu Ito about how they don’t have any first-party PlayStation Vita games in development, then SCEE President Jim Ryan’s assertion days later that “there is still first-party Vita content being worked upon,” Shuhei Yoshida has weighed in on the matter.
When GameSpot asked the Sony Worldwide Studios President about their decreasing PS Vita support, he replied:
Yes, I’ve been pretty honest saying our focus has shifted to PS4 and PlayStation VR. It’s not like we don’t have any development at all, we do, but our focus is on PS4 and PlayStation VR, and we are happy to see third-parties and indies support it.
While Yoshida sees the PS Vita business continuing into 2016 and 2017, he added, “But we have to see. Nowadays, still people are excited and using Vita very frequently, it’s a great portable gaming system. As long as there is a demand, why not.”
Addressing the absence of PS Vita content during their Paris Games Week press conference, he said it came down to prioritizing PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR:
Hmmn, well it’s always about the choice of content. We could have used the event to talk about our new online services. Or the PS4’s new system features. There are many things we’re working on that we didn’t have time for. I mean the conference we had was already at 90 minutes, and that is as much as people will be able to kind of stay focused. So we really wanted to prioritize on games we have on PS4 and PlayStation VR.