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Sony not concerned about ‘catching up to 3DS’ with PS Vita, but is keen to boost installed base

Sony has distanced itself from competing against Nintendo’s 3DS in the portable games console race, but made it clear it is focused heavily on boosting the installed base of PlayStation Vita.

Speaking with GI International, Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS), highlighted some of the key areas it hopes will stimulate sales, including PS Vita’s close relationship with PlayStation 4 and the new slim model.

“We don’t necessarily talk about catching up to the 3DS – but we’d like to increase the installed base of PS Vita. For us to be able to provide better hardware, in our mind – the new PS Vita is slimmer and lighter, easier to hold, has some internal memory from the get-go, so it’s a bit more value – but the important thing is to continue to provide great games and game experiences. The games can come not only from PS Vita’s dedicated games – Vita and PS4 are designed with each other in mind, to connect to each other,” said Yoshida-san.

“If you own a PS4, you can play PS4 games via remote play, and once we start the Gaikai service, you’ll be able to play PS3 games on PS Vita. We continue to add our services on PlayStation, and for PS Vita, the enjoyment and the sources of games will expand, not just from PS Vita dedicated games. Those are the strengths that we have on PS Vita compared to other products – it’s a device that you can use to enjoy PlayStation content from different sources.”

Elsewhere, the executive reiterated that there are no plans to speak of regarding the release of PS Vita Vita in the U.S. and Europe.