The PS Vita remains viable for Sony
The PS Vita may not have made the impact Sony wanted in the west but that hasn’t stopped the PlayStation handheld continuing good business in Eastern markets.
Sony Interactive Entertainment America president and CEO recently commented on this, revealing that while the PS Vita didn’t reach its potential in the US and UK, there’s still plenty of life in the device yet.
"Vita is still a viable platform," Layden told The Verge.
"Chiefly in the Japanese and Asian markets. We still have developers in Japan who are building for that platform. But it just didn't get over the hump in Europe and America.
“It's hard to know exactly why, but it didn't garner a large enough audience here for us to continue to build for it."
“It’s still my favorite portable," Layden added. “It travels with me all the time, and I play Hot Shots Golf consistently.”
While it’s nice to hear that things are still kicking for the PS Vita, it doesn’t seem likely that will see a rash of new announcement at E3 2017.
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That hasn’t stopped fans hoping for a successor device being announced, following the popularity of the Nintendo Switch.
The Hybrid console continues to sell well in all market, even without the beefy back catalogue that the rival PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can call upon.
There have been mounting rumours that a PS Vita could be revealed during the LA expo, although they’re all unsubstantiated at this point.
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The time before E3 2017 is prime for some of the more less than plausible reports to start to surface, so it’s all worth taking with a big pinch of salt.
There are suggestions that Sony could be set to reveal new hardware on Monday, June 12, although this more likely to be connected to the PS4 than a new handheld.