Yoshida: Expect fewer first-party games for Vita

Sony WWS president points to indies, cross-platform and ports as primary sources of new content

Sony Computer Entertainment's Shuhei Yoshida has indicated that PlayStation Vita owners will see fewer dedicated first-party games on the platform.

A potential drop-off in first-party products was put to Worldwide Studios' boss by Polygon, and Yoshida was not evasive in his response.

"I would say, yes, that's correct," he said.

In terms of AAA console experiences, Vita owners will be sated with tweaked versions of existing games, like the recently released Borderlands 2, or games played through the Remote Play function.

Ultimately, though, this is a response to the proliferation of smaller games from indie studios on the Vita. Yoshida believes that the nature of those products suits the platform well, and evidently Sony is confident that there will be no shortage of supply.

"It's very fortunate that the indie boom happened and they are providing lots of great content to Vita," Yoshida continued. "Gameplay, game mechanic wise, people want to spend 10 minutes, 15 minutes getting in and out. On Vita, it's great with suspended functionality, so these indie games really great for that from a game design standpoint.

"So, I think that's actually the biggest star to help provide great content to Vita going forward. And we continue to make games cross-platform games, especially on digital side."

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 8 years ago
Oddly enough, Christian, The Vita has a couple of VERY decent to excellent third party JRPGs and other games that are good for long form play as well as other titles that aren't 10 or 15 minute pop in and out experiences. I think Yoshida's comments will be taken out of context by some who think he's saying the Vita is ONLY good for short sessions. Of course, seeing any of the games you mentioned on the Vita would be a surprise (even if it's just Monster Hunter, which is still a love it or hate it franchise to some folks)... :D
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 8 years ago
I think he's targeting the more casual user there (which seems to be the one area the Vita isn't knockin' them down in terms of sales). "Hey look! We got casual games here, too!" ( Wave, wave)... Not sure if it'll work, as some love their phone and tablet games to death and think dedicated handhelds are DOA (they're not at all)...
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Steve Wetz Reviewer/Assistant Editor, Gamer's Glance8 years ago
Yes, this seems very aimed at the mobile market. They've probably got most of what they will get from the hardcore community anyway, so why not go for that mountain of mobile sales? I mean, it won't work (at least with these comments and in that forum - Polygon is ever the hardcore crowd's champion), but why not give it a shot?

I wonder what would be a good forum for the mobile market. I'm not aware of any truly pervasive site for that kind of news on Polygon's level (case in point - the Flappy Bird saga was mostly reported on by either regular media or the larger video game outlets who otherwise rarely cover mobile except to say it is "booming"). Perhaps there is a place for a Poly-level website specific to mobile gaming, but I think most people just check "Most Popular" games and browse from that.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd8 years ago
@ Greg Considering the Vita is regularly, massively outsold by the Wii U (a console most would describe as anemic at best) every month in nearly every region worldwide, I don't think the Vita is "knockin'" anything down except Sony's profit margins.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 8 years ago
@Nicholas: I'll give you this for that reply:

That and hey, Sony needs to try every angle, so I say let them even if it flops like a freshly caught fish. I'm happy with my Vita more than the marketing around it (and those reduced in price but still expensive memory cards). Of course I'm of the mind that the seemingly dead PS3/Vita cross-play game Ruin would gave been a system mover had it been completed before the launch and was a pack-in game and bundled with new PS3's, but I'm just nuts after all these years playing video games...
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