PlayStation isn’t finished with portable gaming, according to new boss John Kodera.
Speaking to Bloomberg, Kodera said it was “not yet the right stage to discuss specific hardware plans,” but that the company is currently experimenting in that area.
“In my opinion, rather than separating portable gaming from consoles, it’s necessary to continue thinking of it as one method to deliver more gaming experiences and exploring what our customers want from portable. We want to think about many options.”
Just last week, the company announced that it will soon end production of physical cartridges for its last handheld gaming device, the PlayStation Vita, which was launched in 2012 and is now considered a legacy console. In recent years, Sony has continued to scale back support of the Vita, but it does run a smartphone game developer, ForwardWorks.
With the recent success of the Nintendo Switch, industry observers have assumed that Sony may challenge Nintendo in the hybrid console space – an idea that seemed to be supported last year when the company filed a patent for what looked like a Nintendo Switch-like handheld console. However, ex-PlayStation boss Andrew House dismissed the idea at the time, calling the market “limited.”
It’s unclear at this time if Sony’s “experiments” in portable gaming pertain to smartphones or a new dedicated handheld console but as a big fan of the Vita and Nintendo Switch, I for one would love to see Sony release a successor that gives Nintendo a run for their money.