Sony’s UK managing director Fergal Gara has said that the PlayStation 4 will improve the PS Vita’s sales, giving it a “shot in the arm.’ Gara said the PS Vita was designed more as a companion to the PS4 than for the PS3.
“I don’t think it’s unfair to say it came into a very complex marketplace that probably wasn’t fully envisaged at the time development started,” Gara said, referring to the Vita’s launch in late 2011. “It borrows a lot from the mobile and tablet world, especially with touch control. And it borrows a fair amount from the PlayStation of old with the analogue sticks. And it’s a very worthy and better successor to PSP. Where it’s been difficult has been proving the companion status for PlayStation 3. The fact is it was developed for PS4, much more than PS3.”
Gara went on to note the PS Vita’s Remote Play ability with any PS4 title as an important feature.
“When you consider something like Watch Dogs will be available for PS Vita via the Remote Play functionality it’s very exciting,” said Gara. “And the fact the PS4 is coming out at a well-received price point means it’s not out of the question to own both.”
That seems a bit much, considering the PS4 will be $399 at launch, and the PS Vita is still $249. Gara wouldn’t comment on possible price cuts for the PS Vita or the PS3, though many analysts have suggested such cuts would be forthcoming before the holidays.