PlayStation Portable and Vita likely Sony’s only handhelds as PlayStation turns 25
25 years has passed since the very first PlayStation burst onto the gaming scene and upended the old Nintendo and Sega rivalry as well as arguably burying competitors like Atari, 3DO and others under a sudden torrent of texture-mapped polygons, compact discs and memory cards.
Game Informer is marking the occasion with a huge feature about PlayStation, revealing amongst other tidbits that Sony was reluctant about entering the handheld market, and that the PlayStation Portable almost didn’t happen. Even after Nintendo successfully launched the Switch Lite without cannibalizing its flagship Switch, Sony seems reluctant to follow up the Vita.
The PSP only went ahead after “a lot of arm-twisting” from the marketing and sales side of the PlayStation business, according to former Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House.
Former chairman and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Ken Kutaragi was convinced that there would be a “convergence between all forms of media” in a single communications device – and that it would not be a PlayStation. In short, he predicted the rise of smart phones a few years before the iPhone launched.
PlayStation’s first handheld was actually the PocketStation, exclusive to Japan in 1999
As we all know, Sony did go ahead with the PSP in the end, and did pretty well – particularly in Japan. However, Nintendo DS still outsold the PSP by about 50 million units and the Vita fared even worse, selling an estimated 16 million units against 75 million 3DS units.
Will there be any more Sony handhelds? Current president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan says “clearly it’s a business that we’re no longer in now,” so it looks like PlayStation is portable no more.
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
Which banned video game eventually spawned Wu Tang: Shaolin Style?
- Power Stone
- War Gods
- Thrill Kill
- Mace: The Dark Age
New Resident Evil cover art on PSN
Looks like Capcom has heard our prayers and is working on a Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake! Both the international and Japanese cover art has appeared on PlayStation Network, while Project Resistance has indeed been confirmed to be a Resident Evil spin-off: The 4v1 multiplayer game is now called Resident Evil Resistance.
Persona 5 Royal will be out in the west for PlayStation 4 in March 2020
Atlus has confirmed that Persona 5 Royal will grace our PlayStation 4s with its regal presence early next year. Persona 5 Royal is a PlayStation 4 exclusive enhanced version of the game which originally launched in Japan on October 31st. The latest trailer heralds its Western release on March 31st next year, so get ready for more punk-tinged occult teenage drama!
Pokémon Sword & Shield – where camping is rarely rewarded
In videogame parlance, ‘camping’ is generally considered rather a rather unsporting tactic: Just hunker down in some hard-to-see location and wait for your opponents to walk into your scope. But in Pokémon Sword & Shield, it allows you to kick back and take it easy, play with your Pokémon and do some cooking under the stars.
Not only is it a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the wilderness of Galar, there is even a (small) chance that wild Pokémon will spot your cozy little camp and ask to join you! The Pokémon won’t just run off with your marshmallow supply either – it will count as ‘caught’, just as if you battled and caught them in the wild.