Thanks to Sony’s revamped PS Plus deals, we’ll have access to original PlayStation, PS2, PSP and PS4 games, as well as PS3 games via cloud streaming. Notice that something is missing? Sony did not include any PS Vita games.
The handheld console – which launched in 2011 and was discontinued in 2019 – has not only been shelved, but is barely mentioned by the company. It’s no wonder former PlayStation US boss Jack Tretton felt like the PS Vita was “a bit of an orphan”.
“There were definitely technologies that I thought were good but just didn’t have the level of support they needed,” Tretton said in an interview with Axios. “So you’re coming up with new technology to introduce to industry and consumers. But do you have the marketing budget to really get the message across? Do you have the developer support dollars to get them to develop games to support this initiative? And sometimes you could give birth to the technology and hope that it would take hold.
According to Axios’ Stephen Totilo, Tretton was not speaking out against Sony and the company’s decisions, but talking about the lessons he had learned over a long career, which he would apply to his new acquisition company. .
However, it looks like Sony considered some plans for the handheld console before putting it to rest.
Recently, a pitch for a canceled EyePet game on the PS Vita leaked online. EyePet was a hybrid AR game that used the PlayStation Camera and let you interact with your on-screen pet. You can feed it, clean it, and even give it a makeover.
The leaked pitch presentation revealed that the planned Vita version of EyePet would allow owners to take their pet with them wherever they go. It would have been “the next step in augmented reality technology”, and would also have used Simultaneous Location and Mapping (or SLAM) technology. This version would have used the Vita’s touchscreen and let you play with your EyePet by swiping the screen, draw toys for it – which would come to life – and even talk to it via the built-in mic.
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