President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida was asked about Sony’s plans for the PlayStation Vita, and he said that the “climate is not healthy,” due to the fast rise of the mobile gaming market.
The statement was made during the Q&A session held at the EGX 2015 convention. Yoshida expressed his love for the PS Vita, and he commented on how smartphones have made gaming on mobile so easy.
“That’s a tough question, you know. People have mobile phones and smartphones, and it’s so easy to play games on smartphones, and many games on smartphones are free, right? Free to start.”
“I myself am a huge fan of PS Vita, and we worked really hard to design every aspect of PS Vita. There’s a lot of people like yourself that like playing game on PS Vita. You know, t ouch-based games are fun – there are many games that are really well designed. But having sticks and buttons make things totally different.”
“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.”
The PS Vita originally launched in December 2011, and in Europe in early 2012.