Sony doesn’t want Vita overrun with console ports like with PSP

Saturday, 8th September 2012 17:52 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Vita promises “console-like games on portables” as with PSP before it, and Sony’s determined to ensure its latest handheld isn’t overrun with ports as was the case with its predecessor.

Speaking with Gamasutra, Sony’s marketing VP for handhelds and consoles, John Koller, said titles released on Vita need to be “unique and define the Vita experience,” and Sony is taking steps to ensure the mistakes made with PSP aren’t repeated.

“The issue that happened with PSP is we got overrun with ports,” he said. “It became very difficult for us to define what made PSP unique. The content development became a bit unstructured or decentralized, in that we got a lot of content that was on PlayStation 2 and got thrown over to the handheld.

According to Koller, portable games aren’t played just because the consumer “left the living room,” and believes unique experiences can be created by developers even if the content is an interpretation of a console game.

“Follow what Ubisoft is doing with Assassin’s Creed,” Killer said. “Follow what Activision is doing with Call of Duty.”



  1. CyberMarco

    “Follow what Ubisoft is doing with Assassin’s Creed,” Killer said.

    A true Killer! :p Killaaaaaaaaaaaaaah :p

    #1 2 years ago
  2. KAP

    Sony is damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Lord Gremlin

    I’d like me Soul Sacrifice and ability to buy Ragnarok Odyssey DLC, thank you very much.
    P.S. Look at how many Japanese games for Vita are out… In Japan only. If Vita struggles in the West, well, here is the reason.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. MGB

    Aa Aa !
    not like Activision

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    “The issue that happened with PSP is we got overrun with ports,”

    I don’t see the difference with PSP and Vita to be honest.
    but this time handheld does not even have enough ports compared to PSP or should i say it does not have enough GAMES at all.

    and why Anyone on this planet earth should develop a game for the Vita or even make a PORT for it?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dragon246

    They will when sony will pay them, just they are to acti. Hell , they are even developing the game for them and the only thing acti is doing is putting their name on the cover as the publisher.
    You know how much acti cares for it when you hear their community manager say that he doesn’t know if the game is good or not.
    Nihilistic deserve to be shut down if they screw this up. Judging from how the game stands at this moment, their employees won’t be celebrating this xmas.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. zinc

    They want to provide a console like experience with the Vita… But don’t want the games you would get on a console? I’m sorry I thought that was the point?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DrDamn

    No that misses the point. Console like in terms of controls and visuals, but a proper handheld experience which utilises the features of the machine. There is a difference between what works well as a FPS on a home console and what will work on a hand held. That’s the point he’s also trying to make when talking about a ‘Vita experience’.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Kabby

    It would be better to have some games than none. Ports or not.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. zinc

    ^ I see… It’s just that before the release, the whole appeal of the Vita could be summed up by “You will be able to play CoD, just like you would at home, but on the bus!!!” etc.

    The fact you were playing a ‘proper’ console game on the move, *was* the Vita experience. I’m sure a lot of Devs probably feel that way too.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. TheOutcastWolf

    @2 Please, delight me with your explanation in ‘why’… That said, try not using stupid fanboy arguments like our noble @5 above

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Moonwalker1982

    Sony finally realizes it. But what do they have to say about the Sly Racoon game that is exactly like it’s console version? Or PS All Stars? Hopefully it will come true what they say. So far we have several Vita exclusives to look forward to though.

    Ragnarok Oddysey
    Assassin’s Creed Liberation
    Soul Sacrifice

    If you look back at it, Sony is already doing a better job than with PSP. Vita had a rather solid launch with Uncharted and Wipeout and a few really good PSN games. July had Gravity Rush, love that game. Things are looking good, i hope it will prove to be good for them too.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. KAP


    Dude, get off your damn high horse for a sec and open your eyes with what the critics say about Vita, I almost feel sorry for how Sony try to improve on there handheld and nothing seems to be right, they improve with the amount of titles shown at GC or TGS and gamers still complain ffs

    #13 2 years ago
  14. GanthKing

    @1 that Stephany for ya.

    As far as we’ve known non of released games has fully used the potential of Vita, it can support up to 4GB for single game, even Uncharted GA was only at 2.8GB. Cross-play is the strong feature of Vita, so many say its like running a port with smaller screen, but pardon me for being a noob if Im wrong, that Ive never heard of any ported game that can be played together with its original platform.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Goffee

    Since EA and Activision seem positively embarrassed about promoting their Vita titles (presumably to avoid polluting the full size console experiences), Sony won’t have this problem for long. (

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Kabby

    I would also like them to fix the web browser. Something I always despised using on PSP and Go. The Vita browser is equally bad.

    Imagine if they just ported a version Chrome to it.

    #16 2 years ago

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