PS Vita and a PS5 Portable – Thoughts on the future of Sony Handhelds

I’m not really interested in a PS Vita 2 and I’ll tell you why. The problem with Sony in recent years is it doesn’t seem to be able to concentrate on more than one piece of hardware at any one time. Look at the original PS Vita, for instance, it had some fantastic games at launch, but with PS4 releasing a few years after Sony’s handheld it soon became apparent that the company wasn’t all the interested in supporting it.

Sony’s first priority was always going to be the PS4. The company had made somewhat of a misstep with the PS3 so was determined to make things right, with the only way it knew how being to have all its first party studios focusing on developing games for the console. Of course, this has worked out wonderfully for all of us, given that we’ve had an unbelievable amount of first-party titles to play recently, however it has also been to the detriment of the PS Vita, which Sony recently announced will soon stop production in Japan.

This likely spells the end for portable consoles from Sony, given that the Vita was a sales flop, despite being somewhat of a cult hero within the hardcore PlayStation community.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see Sony release a new portable device if, for instance, it was to be a powerful handheld companion that worked with PS4 and PS5 games, without having to worry about support from Sony studios or third parties – I’d be on board day one. My reason for this would be that I could play games I already own on the go, much like with the Switch really. If Sony released a device such as this it’d sell itself, we wouldn’t need to worry that one day it’d abandon it, which is a lot more than you can say for the PS Vita and maybe even PSVR, the way things are currently going.

Vita is a great console, but it did suffer due to a lack of support, which is a shame really because it had so much potential. PSP sold over 80 million units, so there is no doubt the potential is there for any PS4/PS5 companion device to do big numbers and the great thing is all Sony would need to do is figure out how to get games people already own working on it. Surely that is possible, somehow? Maybe they could include a disc drive on it? Or maybe future disc releases could unlock the handheld version, I don’t have the answers, I just think it would be awesome.

Anyway, this was just a quick little thought about handhelds from Sony and their future. You can be sure we’ll never see another dedicated handheld device from Sony, the market has changed too much for that, but to me, there is definitely a market for a companion device that can play ‘AAA’ games from the PS4/PS5 era on the go. Who wouldn’t want that?