Tretton: PS Vita Came Out When People Felt Like They Didn’t Need a Dedicated Handheld
Jack Tretton, who stepped down from his position as Sony Computer Entertainment America President and CEO in 2014 after 19 years with the company, was interviewed by IGN recently and revealed that he thinks the PlayStation Vita was released at a time when most people didn’t need a dedicated portable gaming device.
Asked how he feels about the PS Vita in hindsight, Tretton said:
Now that I don’t work there anymore, I think internally it was: ‘This is a great machine, it’s just too late.’ The world has shifted to portable devices that aren’t dedicated gaming machines.
After bringing up how he thinks the PlayStation Portable was incredibly successful and brought a console-like experience to older gamers, Tretton added, “Vita was a nice machine at a time when very few people felt like they needed a dedicated portable device.”