The PlayStation Vita is more than a year old, but the handheld’s “perfect companion,” the PlayStation 4, won’t come out for a few more months.
In a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz Sony senior vice president of PlayStation brand marketing Guy Longworth called the PlayStation Vita the “absolute perfect companion” to the upcoming PlayStation 4 console. Longworth claims that while the Vita had a slow start 15 months into its life, the company expects the Vita will become a “long-term sustainable business” in the future.
The PlayStation Vita is the “perfect companion” to the PlayStation 4 because of how the handheld interacts with the new PlayStation console. All PlayStation 4 games that don’t require special features like the PlayStation Eye or Move will support remote play on the PlayStation Vita. As long as gamers stay within the same Wi-Fi network, they can stream games from the PlayStation 4 to their Vita, similar to tablet play on many Wii U games.
Longworth sees the PlayStation 4 release as a way to get the Vita into the hands of more gamers. “What we’re seeing is that once people get it in their hands and buy it, they’re buying games and they love it,” he said. “Now, it’s not had as fast a start as we would like, that’s common knowledge.”
Gamers who buy the PlayStation Vita for the remote play functionality will likely start buying games for the console, even if they’re just cross-buy games that work on both consoles and the handheld. If more users buy the Vita and buy games for the device, it could lead to more games for the platform.
Users shouldn’t expect a price drop for the Vita any time in the near future, however. “You saw last night we were in a position we felt the value of the PS4 was very good at $399,” Longworth said. “With PS Vita we feel that $250 is the right price, and I’m not going to comment on where we might go in the future.”