While gamers are still trying to forget the less-than impressive PS Vista, PlayStation boss John Kodera has revealed that Sony isn’t giving up on portable consoles yet.
Kodera has already admitted that the PlayStation 4 is nearing the end of its life cycle, and that Sony is looking to start work on the PlayStation 5, but this doesn’t mean that another portable console won’t be appearing in the meantime. In an interview with Bloomberg, Kodera said that if Sony wants to succeed, they must make more of an effort to link the at-home consoles to a portable counterpart:
“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.”
Last year, Sony filed for a patent for a handheld console which looked suspiciously like the Nintendo Switch, and even featured some Joy-Con-inspired controls on its side. As Kodera said, Sony isn’t just saying yes to another handheld PlayStation, they’re looking into “many options.”
Sony enjoyed steady success with the PlayStation Portable, but on the other hand, the release of the Vita failed to generate the impact that experts had hoped for. The biggest problem that the console had was its hefty price tag, paired with the lack of big titles to lure in the gamers and the company shifting its focus on to the PlayStation 4. Going up against the Nintendo 3DS, the Vista couldn’t compete, so it was no surprise to fans when Shuhei Yoshida pulled the plug on plans for a successor.
The massive success of the Nintendo Switch has proven that gamers are still wanting to be able to take their consoles on the move, so the next portable PlayStation could tie in with the PS5, rather than being a standalone system. Whatever they choose, Kodera and company aren’t going to reveal anything yet, so it’s highly unlikely that we will see a portable PS console at this year’s E3, as not even the PlayStation 5 is expected until 2020.