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During an interview at EGX 2015, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida said the current climate is not healthy for a PS Vita successor, due to the popularity of the market of mobile games.
“People have mobile phones and it’s so easy to play games on smartphones,” said Yoshida to start his response. “And many games on smartphones are free, or free to start.”
He continued: “I myself am a huge fan of PlayStation Vita and we worked really hard on designing every aspect. Touch-based games are fun – there are many games with really good design. But having sticks and buttons make things totally different.”
Yet the most surprising part of his message about the future of a Vita successor was the following statement: “So I hope, like many of you, that this culture of playing portable games continues but the climate is not healthy for now because of the huge dominance of mobile gaming.”
Sony launched the portable gaming console PS Vita first in Japan in December 2011 and in North America and other parts of the world in 2012.
Will the popularity of mobile games in smartphones make Sony throw in the towel in portable games?
[Source]: EuroGamer.net: Sony: climate “not healthy” for PlayStation Vita successor.