Sony’s portable gaming platform, the PlayStation Vita, may have had its initial success but things didn’t turn out too well for it in the end with the company itself ceasing to develop games for the platform. While speaking with IGN about the company’s portable platform, Jack Tretton, the former CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, said that it is a great machine, but too late.
PlayStation Portable (PSP) was a huge hit for Sony and it enabled the company to tap into the potential of portable gaming which had virtually no competitor. With millions of units sold PSP was a platform that brought old gamers to the platform as well as bring console-level experiences on a portable platform.
By the time PSP was shuttered and PSP Vita was made available, smartphones and tablets had taken over the handheld gaming segment and there was little room left for PSP Vita. Tretton looks back on the PS Vita as “a nice machine” that launched “at a time when very few people needed a dedicated portable device.”
According to popular gaming forum NeoGAF, FCC filings pertaining to a new iteration of the handheld have been unearthed. This follows Japanese blog Hakano reporting that Sony has registered two wireless modules with the FCC. These are AW-CB262 and J20H091 and they match up to the model numbers for modules pertaining to the PS4 and PS Vita respectively.
Other blogs such as Esuteru are labelling it as the PlayStation Fantasy while others speculate it could be the PS Vita PCH-3000 – indicating it’s simply an iteration of the existing Vita that sports the 2000 model number. Nonetheless, some of the specs listed by Esuteru include a 1080p, 5.5-inch screen, a camera, rear touchpad as well as functionality for L1, R1, L2, R2, as well L3 and R3 triggers and buttons.
Along with this, Vita and PSP games would work on it in addition to FIFA 17, God of War 3, and a new Assassin’s Creed are apparently in development for it too. Apparently it will be out in 2017 and supports a maximum of 32GB of storage.
We’d take this rumour with a grain of salt considering that Sony has stopped making games for the PS Vita. A new model, if at all, would probably be a strategic move until the company shores up its mobile game plans in totality.