Sony has officially announced that there are no more first party PlayStation Vita games under development anymore. Sony states that internal game development teams are now shifting focus towards the current-gen PlayStation 4, while in order to play new games for the company's handheld console, fans will have to rely on third party alternatives.
Speaking in an interview with 4Gamer (translated by DualShockers), Sony Computer Entertainment senior vice president Masayasu stated:
At the beginning the PS Vita did not resonate with age targets under 20, but now the situation is changing and the popularity with younger demographics is increasing. Minecraft: PS Vita Edition has provided a boost.
In addition to that, a variety of third party games is also planned for the future, and in order to further accelerate that flow, we decided to release new colors for the PS Vita this fall.
When asked about PS Vita games developed by the company itself, Masayasu replied:
Currently, first party studios have no titles in development for PS Vita. Since third parties are working very hard on PS Vita, SCE’s own strategy is to focus on PS4, which is a new platform.
While the future may appear to be bleak for the PlayStation Vita, the promise of more third party games certainly brings hope to the handheld's users, as Sony shifts focus towards its PlayStation 4 console.