It’s no secret that Sony’s latest handheld device has been selling poorly at retail. In fact, it may be time to start contemplating whether or not the PlayStation Vita is a complete failure. However, with the announcement of the PlayStation 4, the Vita has become a hot topic for debate. When you consider the functionality the Vita has in connection with PlayStation 4, the devices appeal increases greatly. It’s easy to see that it was created with the PS4 in mind and not the PS3.
With news being released that PlayStation 4 titles will be able to be played remotely on your PlayStation Vita, it’s hard to argue against how cool the handheld is going to be in a few months. Of course, nobody is going to buy a Vita strictly for remote play, so Sony still needs to deliver on the games, but for now, it sounds as though they’re comfortable waiting on that front. According to UK MD, Fergal Gara, the Vita has received a shot in the arm as of late due to the PlayStation 4 announcements.
“I don’t think it’s unfair to say it came into a very complex marketplace that probably wasn’t fully envisaged at the time development started,” Gara said.
“It borrows a lot from the mobile and tablet world, especially with touch control. And it borrows a fair amount from the PlayStation of old with the analogue sticks. And it’s a very worthy and better successor to PSP. Where it’s been difficult has been proving the companion status for PlayStation 3. The fact is it was developed for PS4, much more than PS3.
“The number of things we could demonstrate and prove was limited – there’s been some good examples – but now we go into the PS4 era, that companion device will look far more clear. We’re optimistic it’s got a lot more legs left in it and the PS4 has given it a shot in the arm.”
Despite all of this, Para believes that the low entry point to PlayStation 4 will give consumers the flexibility to perhaps own both devices.
“When you consider something like Watch Dogs will be available for PS Vita via the Remote Play functionality it’s very exciting,” said Gara. “And the fact the PS4 is coming out at a well-received price point means it’s not out of the question to own both.”
It remains to be seen how true this is, but we’ll see how Vita sales improve this Holiday season compared to the last. If you don’t own a Vita already, do you plan on picking up one to go with your PlayStation 4 purchase? Let us know below.