We have reached a point where Sony and Nintendo may be the most comparable they ever have been or ever will be. How you ask, well, in that they both now feature a “second screen” experience with their consoles. Prior to the Sony press conference Sony Computer Entertainment of America President Andrew House had some pretty telling words about the state of the PlayStation Vita.
Sony failed to ever do a whole lot in the form of success with the PlayStation Portable, and it seems that may be the trend with the PlayStation Vita as well. In a quote from House, it seems that Sony may be changing their whole model surrounding the Vita:
“We’ve taken a more holistic view with our platforms. With remote play, Vita has now essentially, become an extender or an enhancer for the main platform for other rooms in the house, or when someone else wants to use the main screen”
House then went on to talk about marketing the PlayStation Vita to a younger audience as well as embracing the Indie game community.
Whether a PlayStation Vita owner or not, this news is massively disappointing for the success of the handheld console. The PlayStation Vita was sold as a device that would allow console quality games on the go. With the launch of the PlayStation 4, the handheld was touted as being an extension of your console and allowing the experience to continue through mobile remote play.
Unfortunately, it now seems as though PlayStation views the Vita as nothing more than a smaller version of the Nintendo Gamepad. The Vita has become a second screen for the main attraction. A marketing stumble or a failure of the handheld console as a whole, either way, Sony and the PlayStation Vita don’t look good in this scenario.