Sony had a solid run in the handheld market. Back in 2005, they released the PlayStation Portable, which saw an impressive 80-million-plus units sold. several years later, in 2012, it was followed up by the PlayStation Vita, which underwhelmed, selling around 16 million units, which isn’t so hot.
This came in an era where smartphones were taking off, and many predicted the death of dedicated handheld consoles. But with 2019 being the seven-year anniversary of the Vita, some were hoping that they could make a sort of comeback. After all, between the 3DS and the Switch, Nintendo proved that dedicated handheld consoles were still worth it, right…? Nevermind the fact that the Switch isn’t exactly dedicated handheld, but you see my point.
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Well, it sounds like Sony is out of the handheld business for good as Sony CEO & president Jim Ryan told Game Informer.
“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.”
I’m sure plenty of folks out there are disappointed, but it makes sense. Though I included the Switch up there as a handheld, the reality is it’s both a handheld and home console, so it doesn’t quite fall in the same category. With that being the case, even the king of the handheld isn’t really in the handheld game anymore.
As a plus, this has allowed Sony to focus on their console game, and it’s very much worked out for them this generation.
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SOURCE: Game Informer