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PS Vita 2 release unlikely as Sony focuses on home console market

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PS Vita 2 release is not happening

Sony has poured cold water on any chances of seeing a PS Vita 2 in the near future, with the console manufacturer stating it is focused entirely on the home console market for now.

Speaking with Bloomberg, Andrew House, President of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), said that the company does not see a “huge market opportunity” for handheld devices following the lacklustre response to the PS Vita in western markets.

Quizzed if Sony was aiming to go toe-to-toe against the Nintendo Switch, House replied: 

"The Nintendo device is a hybrid device and that’s a different approach and strategy. We have not seen that as being a huge market opportunity."

"The Vita experience was that outside of Japan and Asia, there was not a huge demand. The lifestyle shift toward the dominance of smartphones as the single key device that is always with you, was the determining factor."

Rumors of a PS Vita 2 have been ignited in recent months after a patent for a new Switch-like device was uncovered, suggesting Sony was at least planning a new handheld at some point.

The director of Nier also championed the idea of a successor to the PS Vita, although it’s fair to say that the majority of industry folk don’t appear to share the same enthusiasm.

PS Vita launched back in 2012 in the west, and despite early support from major developers including Sony, support for the console quickly dried up. First-party production ceased in 2015, and the device has largely service as a companion to the PS4 and an outlet for indie creativity. 

Looking ahead, the next major hardware from Sony is likely to be the inevitable PS5 release, which analysts expect to drop at some point in 2020. 

Source: Gamasutra