Sony’s UK managing director Fergal Gara said the company remains confident with PS Vita, especially coupling it with the upcoming next-gen console the PS4 via remote play.
Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said he thinks remote play could be Sony’s next “killer app,” and he expects all first-party titles to come with the feature.
“The potential killer app might well be the remote play with PlayStation 4,” Yoshida said. “For example, Watch Dogs is playable on PS Vita over wi-fi and that is very, very exciting.”
Among the chief criticisms of the PS Vita, Gara said, is it’s price –– both for the console itself and for console games.
“Chief concerns were the cost of the system and the cost of games. The cost of the machine; it’s now selling in the UK at 50 to 70 pounds less than it was a year ago, and it’s growing year-on-year,” Gara said.
The math on that works out to be that the PS Vita is about $80 to $112 cheaper.
“We’re really pleased. It’s been hard work, but we’ve got there,” he said.
Gara said he still feels confident because “lots of gamers really, really enjoy” the PS Vita, but Sony’s also working out the kinks that critics have pointed out.
And for games, Gara said prices have been lowered also compared to just a year ago, with gamers also having the option to purchase Mega Packs coming with 10 games and a memory card bundled with a console.
For now, Gara said people should absolutely not “write off” the PS Vita.
We’re hitting the numbers we want to hit today. We’re pleased, it’s very ambitious going into the big season.”
The PS4 hits shelves in North America on Nov. 15 and Europe on Nov. 29.