Sony reaffirmed this week that the PS Vita is, in essence, a really fancy PlayStation 4 controller and an indie game machine at this point – Sony doesn’t have anything big planned for it right now.
“Currently, first party studios have no titles in development for PS Vita. Since third parties are working very hard on PS Vita, SCE’s own strategy is to focus on PS4,” said Sony exec Masayasu Ito an in interview with Japanese site 4Gamer, translated by Dualshockers.
This echoes what PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida said at E3: “I wouldn’t say we will have big AAA Vita games from first party.”
Sony tried at first to support the Vita with stuff like Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Killzone: Mercenary, but the system didn’t get enough momentum to make that sustainable, so the focus has shifted to making the handheld a more and more useful part of the PlayStation 4 experience while independent developers continue to support it with smaller titles better suited to the handheld experience. It seems like Sony never quite grasped the strengths of their own device despite having put out some pretty solid games for it.