While Sony didn’t spend much time talking about the PlayStation Vita during their E3 2015 press conference, PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan said during the event that it’s still selling “respectable quantities” and Sony hasn’t abandoned the system.
In an interview with Forbes, Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO talked about how there’s 100 games coming to the PS Vita this year and it’s a great platform for indie developers:
I think there’s 100 games coming out this year across the Vita platform. I think it’s a great platform for independent developers. They’re seeing a lot of opportunity across that. And it’s certainly a very vital and vibrant platform in the crucial Japan and Asia markets. So, yeah, we’re still in the Vita business. We’re still using it to bring new experiences. I think the cost of entry for a developer is probably more friendly than doing a full-blown, AAA PS4 title.
Even with combined sales of the PS Vita, PlayStation TV, and PlayStation Portable dropping to 3.3 million in the previous fiscal year, Layden says they’re happy with Vita sales in the US – and they even had trouble keeping it in stock at times:
Yeah [we’re happy with PS Vita sales in the US]. In fact, we sold more than we had internally targeted last year. We saw some issues in the market last year with supply constraint, which was kind of a surprise.
I still believe it’s the best hand held gaming experience as far as what it brings you from technology and screen resolution. PlayStation Now, our streaming gaming service, is supported by Vita, so that’s bringing new users. And the fact that Vita got to support Remote Play for PS4, that caused a huge spike in sales, which we’re still kind of chasing.
As reiterated by Shuhei Yoshida at E3, Sony isn’t planning on making any more big first-party games for the Vita.
Sony Happy With PS Vita Sales in the US, Sold More Last Year Than Internally Targeted