Sony Bows Out of the Handheld Console Business

Sony is unlikely to release another handheld console in the near future, and maybe not even in the distant future, as the company’s CEO Jim Ryan has hinted in a recent interview with Game Informer.

Speaking with the publication, Jim Ryan said: “PlayStation Vita was brilliant in many ways, and the actual gaming experience was great, but clearly it’s a business that we’re no longer in now.”

Chances of a PS Vita 2? Very bloody slim. It’s a shame, but it’s not totally unexpected. The PS Vita wasn’t supported by Sony for very long, and once the platform holder shied away from its handheld, the big third-party publishers also started taking a step back. There’s a flip side to this, however, as indies stepped in to release hundreds of great games for the system, though new releases are getting rarer as time goes by.

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With the Nintendo Switch doing well commercially, it was rumoured that Sony may want to take another stab at the handheld market. That’s unlikely to happen now. Everybody has a smartphone in their pocket these days, and Sony has invested heavily in its game streaming service, PS Now. It’s more likely we’ll see PS Now spread further to phones and tablets before we’ll see another Sony handheld. It’s a shame, but that’s the world we live in now. Besides, Sony was never great at supporting multiple consoles at a time, so perhaps it’s for the best that the company focuses on the upcoming PlayStation 5 which is set to release in time for Christmas 2020.

Source: Game Informer

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