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Yoshida disappointed in third-party support for Vita

Monday, 1st October 2012 04:19 GMT By Naren Hooson

Worldwide Studios President for Sony, Shuhei Yoshida, has expressed disappointment in the lack of support the Vita is receiving from third-party developers. He has said he is ready to show developers that Vita is the right hardware for games.

Talking to Gamasutra, Yoshida has stated that once PS Vita is able to be defined, it will be an attractive platform. “As we can expand our install base and articulate what works really well on the platform as compared to others, it will get easier for us to be able get support from third parties,” he added.

He also recognises the impact mobile and social games are having, saying, “There are limited resources that third party publishers have, and they have to diversify into new areas constantly; that’s a challenge to get the support that we want.”

Yoshida believes PS Vita to be the best hardware to bring an immersive gameplay experience to portable gaming.

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  1. Sini

    We are disappointed in vita too. Even worse than psp library wise.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ssorc_bro

    Yeah, more games is needed, but definitely not disappointed with what has been announced so far, all look like quality titles, especially AC3: Liberation, looks amazing.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    Units out there is what’s needed. That will bring the third party support more. For that they do need a price cut. They have got good software available and coming but the price of entry is too much for most.

    That said the biggest sellers for PSP were GTA and Monster Hunter. Lack of firm details on MH is hurting them in Japan. Some sort of tie in with GTAV would be beneficial.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. ManuOtaku

    I dont know but i think the costs for developing games on handhelds shouldnt be that high, if some developers find a hard time developing games on console due to budget issues, i dont think they want to experience the same thing on handhelds, that is some of the reasons why i do believe handhelds shouldnt replicate the console experience, and maybe this is one of the many reasons for third party not supporting the vita, the way Sony wants or desire, i know big publishers, will do but small developers will find a hard time.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DrDamn

    @4
    That’s not quite the point he’s making. It’s more that publishers have their fingers in lots of pies, they’ll put the money where they think they will get returns. In terms of dev costs the Vita is low. They actively support a number of price points to help with this too.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ManuOtaku

    #5 Ok got you Doc, i did thought that the costs were higher compare to PSP, DS and 3DS, and because of this it was one of the reasons for the lack of support, hence my point, i guess i was wrong.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    @6
    Depends what you want to do. Devkit costs are comparable to 3DS. Then it’s down to the complexity of the game you want to develop. You have the option for a mobile standard game which you can release digitally so costs are similar to that. Nothing to stop very small teams getting titles out there. There just needs to be the viable user base.

    #7 2 years ago