According to a report from The Sixth Axis on Sunday, Sony isn't expected to continue with the Vita as their mobile gaming device, but could roll out a new one with the PlayStation 4.
"Sony will [not] continue with the Vita as their second screen.
"At least not solely – allowing it as an option or for use as extra controllers in multiplayer games, would potentially be a smart move to help aid the handheld’s poor sales so far.
"But the PlayStation 4 is going to have to ship with a second screen in the box. That means a significant change – or at least addition – to the DualShock," the report stated.
The piece went on to discuss the value of all the new patents Sony has filed and that they should be used to create a dynamic, new control scheme.
"The usability experience, developer familiarity and patents they hold with regard to the two touchscreen surfaces on the Vita will stand them in good stead when trying to put together a new layer of control surfaces on the PS4’s controller.
"The experience and infrastructure they already have in place for manufacturing the Vita’s screen will potentially make that aspect of a new home console controller much more manageable during research and development too.
"The second screen on Sony’s future PlayStation controller will be smaller than Nintendo’s but, with a higher resolution and multi-touch capability, it will have more uses and a more premium feel than Nintendo’s cheap-feeling GamePads. Hopefully it’ll have a better battery life too," the report stated.
It seems as both Microsoft and Sony will follow Nintendo's lead of bringing a gaming tablet along with their next-generation system, but which one will prove to be the most successful?