What could have been.
You might have noticed in the past that Sony’s support for the Vita has been “light” to put it mildly. I’ve often wondered what the reason for this was. We’ve now got as good of an answer as we’ll likely ever get. Former CEO of SCEA, Jack Tretton, has explained it fairly bluntly with IGN. Thankfully they’ve quoted the important bit for those of you that don’t want to sit through an hour long podcast.
When asked how he feels about the Vita in hindsight on this month’s episode of IGN Unfiltered, Tretton said, “Now that I don’t work there anymore, I think internally it was: ‘This is a great machine, it’s just too late.’ The world has shifted to portable devices that aren’t dedicated gaming machines.”
This is interesting to me because I feel like it wasn’t too late. Obviously I wasn’t in the position of CEO and I didn’t get to follow the sales from their side of the world but to me the Vita had a lot going for it. I still love my Vita. I know a great number of people who love their Vitas. Ultimately it feels like the thing that killed the Vita was not mobile phones, but Sony itself.
It is what it is at the end of the day. It disappoints me, but at this point it is too far gone to change. Here’s hoping that with Playstation VR they really put the might of Sony behind it. I’d love to see that go somewhere.