Sony Should Return PS Vita to PS5 – Reader Feature

PS Vita – can it come back? (Sony)

The reader argues that the PS Vita would do better as a modern portable console and the perfect companion to Sony’s PS5.

I’ve seen an increasing amount of talk lately about the PS Vita and the idea that Sony shouldn’t have knocked it out early. I totally agree with this, and I’ve always argued the truth, although I don’t think it’s too hard for Sony to kill the PS Vita so early on that they didn’t give it their full support in the first place and left it to falter and die.

You don’t have to be knowledgeable to see that Sony America never wanted a Vita, and while Japan paid for it once Sony support came out, it became a format mostly for indie games and grotesquely brave third-party gamers. But it is still a great machine. I still use it on the train for work. The game and controls are much better than the smartphone and are much smaller and sturdier than the Switch. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a very portable device and Sony should bring it back the way it is.

I’m sure they can improve the screen but in terms of raw power it’s totally fine for indie games and what I think could be their main selling point: streaming.

The Vita was already playing remote with the PlayStation 4, which was basically a better version of the Wii U idea. This kind of wireless technology has definitely improved over the past 10 years, so I’m sure it wouldn’t be a problem to be able to Seamlessly play a PlayStation 5 game on your Vita and use it to play streaming games via PS Now – or PS Plus Premium as it soon will be.

One of the biggest problems the PS Vita had was price, it was £230 for the cheaper version and £280 for the 3G/Wi-Fi model. Obviously that’s a lot but I suppose after more than a decade it could be released for at least half that price. Drop it down to £99 and you’ll get something a must-have for basically every PlayStation owner.

One obvious reason, among many, that this won’t happen is the lack of semiconductors. Sony wouldn’t want to spend any time away from the PlayStation 5 making a new (old) portable device. But I think there are two more good reasons why you should: Nintendo Switch and Steam Deck.

These two hybrid ports have been massive hits straight out of the gate, yet neither Microsoft nor Sony have done anything to try and make something similar. Microsoft doesn’t have any experience with mobile devices, but Sony does and that shouldn’t be a big question for them. They should have determined that their competitors had found a new market and realized that there was more money to be made there.

I love the big screen experience on my PlayStation 5, but I’m also jealous of the portability and versatility of the Switch. I wish the PlayStation 5 could do that, and while that’s impossible given its size, the PS Vita, or at least something like that, is the next best thing. And no, the smartphone is not quite as good. The smartphone doesn’t have proper controls and I don’t walk around with the DualSense in my pocket just if I want to play a game.

When the PS Vita was phased out, it was seen as the final moments of an outdated concept, a concept that even now Nintendo has abandoned. If released today even though it was seen as cutting edge, it’s part of a new wave of hybrid consoles that, if Sony and Microsoft don’t catch up, will live in the dust.

by Reader Coleman

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