Sony UK managing director Fergal Gara has discussed the boost that the Playstation 4 has given the Vita, stating that the handheld was really designed with the PS4 and hinting that Sony might have released it a little too early perhaps, given the difficulties that they've faced.
"I don't think it's unfair to say it came into a very complex marketplace that probably wasn't fully envisaged at the time development started," Gara said, rflecting on the Vita's launch.
"It borrows a lot from the mobile and tablet world, especially with touch control. And it borrows a fair amount from the PlayStation of old with the analogue sticks. And it's a very worthy and better successor to PSP. Where it's been difficult has been proving the companion status for PlayStation 3. The fact is it was developed for PS4, much more than PS3.
"The number of things we could demonstrate and prove was limited - there's been some good examples - but now we go into the PS4 era, that companion device will look far more clear. We're optimistic it's got a lot more legs left in it and the PS4 has given it a shot in the arm."
Gara talked up the Remote Play opportunities that the Vita will afford players who have both the PS4 and the handheld.
"When you consider something like Watch Dogs will be available for PS Vita via the Remote Play functionality it's very exciting," he said. "And the fact the PS4 is coming out at a well-received price point means it's not out of the question to own both."
Asked whether or not the PS4's release would see another price cut for the PS3, Gara was somewhat reticent, but suggested that Sony would continue looking at ways to push the costs down further.
"There's no plans as yet," he said. "The PlayStation 3 is a system where it hasn't been particularly easy to get the costs down.
"We continue to look at opportunities, there may or may not be any more, I genuinely can't answer to that. But it will certainly be a more keenly priced machine in relative to PlayStation 4. It will sit there as a viable entry level machine for years to come. It will be different by territory as to how long its life is. There's still a lot of love for PS3." [GamesIndustry]