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PS4 reveal has given PS Vita interest a “shot in the arm”, claims Gara

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 10:31 GMT By Dave Cook

PlayStation 4′s spotlight status at E3 has given interest in PS Vita a boost, Sony’s UK chief Fergal Gara has claimed. The exec has also touted the handheld’s position as a companion device for PS4 in a new interview, suggesting the two will grow increasingly symbiotic going into next-gen.

In his interview with GI.biz, Gara said of the PS Vita’s 2011 launch, “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.

“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.

“The number of things we could demonstrate and prove was limited – there’s been some good examples – but now we go into the PS4 era, that companion device will look far more clear. We’re optimistic it’s got a lot more legs left in it and the PS4 has given it a shot in the arm.”

Gara cited the inclusion of remote play as a real boost to the handheld’s appeal, “When you consider something like Watch Dogs will be available for PS Vita via the Remote Play functionality it’s very exciting. 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.”

The exec also said there are currently no plans for a PS3 price-cut, and stated that the console will prove to be an entry level machine to Sony’s banner of gaming devices for a few years yet.

Are you now more-keen on PS Vita following E3? Would you like to see a PS3 price cut soon? Lets us know what you think below.

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19 Comments

  1. adge_uk

    Post E3 several people has asked to see my Vita and have a go as they are all pre-ordering PS4′s and see this as an excellent compainon device.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Francis O

    I think it’s a bit sad Sony has to sell their handheld with a console. Just release games for the system. Where the hell is a localization for Phantasy Star Online?

    Where are the big Sony titles like God of War, Gran Tursimo, and Infamous on PS Vita? Are they really expecting people to shell out $399.99 for a console and buy $249.99 controller for it?

    Sony strategy with Vita is insane.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dave Cook

    @1 Exactly the same as myself man. My friends have asked to borrow my Vita to try it out.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. melonbuster1

    Bullshit!!mine is a paperweight. . But my 3ds is going crazy with new good games

    #4 2 years ago
  5. VibraniumSpork

    Worth noting that although there’s been no *official* price cut there has been some serious discounts offered on the Vita recently. I bought my second-hand Vita (wi-fi only) for £130 about 3-4 months ago, as sold new it was north of £200. Now Amazon sell it new for £170, Game sell it for £150 w/ a copy of Little Big Planet and pre-owned units go for around £100.

    Not sure if it’s a mixture of peaked customer interest and retailers who are looking to capitalize on it but the Vita’s already hitting a strong price point with or without Sony’s involvement.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. adge_uk

    I guess it depends on what sort of games float your boat. But just off the top of my head I’ve bought these in the first year alone – Super Stardust Delta, Retro City Rampage, Guacamelee!, Escape Plan, Uncharted, Gravity Rush, Thomas Was Alone, Persona 4 Golden, Virtue’s Last Reward, Soul Sacrifice, Wipeout 2048, Disgaea 3, New Little Kings Story, BlazBlue, Little Big Planet, MotorStorm: RC, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time & Unit 13…

    Plus loads more I’ve forgotten, plus free games from PS+. I don’t think I’ve bought as much in year one on any other console I’ve owned. I’ve always got a backlog of stuff to play.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. CyberMarco

    In before it has no gamez… damn!

    I was interested in the PS Vita from the day it was announced, I really prefer playing on my PSP laying on the couch/bed than on my PC/TV. I can find a PS Vita for 200€ with a game bundled and buy various great games for 20€ each, but the problem is the memory cards.

    If Sony could bring the prices down I wouldn’t hesitate to jump-in. Probably I’m going to wait for a price cut until spring-summer 2014, maybe after E3 so I’ll be ready for my PS4 when KH3 launches.

    Oh man, KH3 on the PS Vita! :D :D :D

    #7 2 years ago
  8. VibraniumSpork

    @7 I know the price of the cards is pretty ridiculous but the one silver lining is that they stretch far. I’m using a 16GB and currently have Uncharted:GA, MGS Collection, Rayman Origins and Soul Sacrifice on there, as well as half-dozen or so PSN titles (Guacamelee etc.). I thought I’d need the 32GB, but I’ve owned the 16GB for a couple months now and haven’t since felt a need to upgrade. Jus’ sayin’ ^_^

    #8 2 years ago
  9. mark_t50

    I picked up a Vita 2 days ago :) I see it as an ideal time to get one as it will kill time till my PS4 arrives and seems to be the ideal companion device for it.

    I was always interested in it, but the high price and perceived lack of games put me off. Once I saw one in town for £140 new with a copy of Soul Sacrifice, well I couldn’t resist. The memory cards still seem a bit expensive, so I ended up going with a 16gb one even though I’d have liked a 32gb one.

    Really surprised at how many games there actually are on it. Oh, and Persona 4 Golden rocks on it. Plus I get to play Final Fantasy 7 again and it looks so much better on the Vita screen than on a 46″ LCD. Gaming heaven. Overall I’m very very impressed with the Vita and more than happy to have finally got one.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. NeoSquall

    I think an even small price cut would’ve jumped the PS Vita (potential) sales even more, or maybe forcing retailers to sell the console with a 4GB (or better a 8GB one) memory card for the same price.

    my 2 cents.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Pytox

    I already have over 5 or 6 games free for ps vita tnx to ps plus so ill get one down the line and will have many nice games to play already :p

    #11 2 years ago
  12. mistermogul

    I’ve always been interested in getting a Vita but I won’t until they lower the price of their memory cards.

    I refuse to be bent over and f*cked backwards and they won’t get my money until they stop taking the piss.

    £75 for 32Gb? Fuck that, the going retail price for 32Gb flash is about £10. I’m not paying a 750% premium.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. OlderGamer

    Great Sony, Gratz. Now lower the damn price of the system and decent mem card sizes. Don’t forget to get a few more quality games out. And stop chasing the intergrated functions of Vita to PS4. Sure they are promising, but until every PS4 owner also owns a Vita, you will be held back from a game focus and dev focus.

    PS4 + Vita (or even X1 + smartglass) will never be what WiiU + Gamepad is. Never. It has zero to do with game or system quality. It has everything to do with splitting the demographic. Every single WiiU owner has the gamepad. That matters.

    Just another example of the industry trying to mimic Nintendo. This reminds me of Move.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DrDamn

    @OG
    The key feature he’s talking about on Vita as a companion device here is remote play. Something that was possible with the PSP long before the WiiU. Now a key feature of the WiiU. Who is the mimic again?

    The other key feature of Vita + PS4 combo is PS+ sub getting you stuff for both systems.

    I don’t think they played up the idea of a WiiU like game control device at all at E3 did they? General tablet/phone play was big in a few presentations but Vita specific?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    A key feature, one of the strongest features, but with more to come. That was in there.

    Yes tablet/phone was big. I believe Sony will make a play for Vita to do the same thing. And ofc, that is what I mean. And that is following Nintendos lead. As for PSP, how about GBA playing Zelda off screen in MP couch coop on Gamecube? Nintendo has been incorporating their handhelds for awhile now. I even remember Gameboys being used in PSO.

    PSP was just another of a long line of things that Sony didn’t follow thru with. Didn’t deliver for.

    All of that being said, I am not against Vita. Not against PS4(have mine preordered). And am a PS+ subscriber. But this is pure PR. An chance to talk up Vita. Vita has not blown the doors off of anything. It hasn’t wowed me. And Sony loves to do what other folks do. LBPK, Sony All Stars, Move, and more.

    My point was that, while nice, Vita isn’t going to provide the same level of function for EVERYONE that Gamepad does for WiiU owners. Meaning that its impact on the market will be less then what Sony might like.

    400usd for the PS4, 120usd for a couple of games, 50usd for PS+ sub, AND 250usd for a VITA…see the issue with that? 820usd, plus tax. You can’t get the same market penetration with that type of approach.

    But you can sit there in an interview and talk up the things you can do with your stuff. Never mind the fact that only a relatively small amount of your supporters will be able to take advantage of those things your are touting.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. dizzygear

    Did they ever used that gimmick where your PSP acted as the rearview mirror in some racing game for the PS3?

    Anyway, they need to cut the price and deliver more full games instead of marketing it as a “companion device”.

    The indie focus is nice but indie games are not what i bought a Vita for. Not to mention i can play indie games on plenty of other platforms.
    Also where was Freedom Wars on E3? That game looked promising.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Lengendaryboss

    Just what i wanted: a companion device an accessory to another system, nothing wrong with that at all :)

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DrDamn

    @15
    “Yes tablet/phone was big. I believe Sony will make a play for Vita to do the same thing. And ofc, that is what I mean. And that is following Nintendos lead.”

    Vita will just be another supported device in those cases. That isn’t exactly Nintendo’s lead either, as in most implementations it was requesting support for an outside source. Integrating with mobile play rather than a second screen on play – i.e. the touch screen player doesn’t necessarily see what the big screen players see. It’s asymmetric gaming but the implementation is tangibly different.

    “As for PSP, how about GBA playing Zelda off screen in MP couch coop on Gamecube?”

    That was the two linking up for multiplayer wasn’t it? Rather than the console delivering the output directly to the handheld? Again a different thing.

    “My point was that, while nice, Vita isn’t going to provide the same level of function for EVERYONE that Gamepad does for WiiU owners.”

    I don’t contest that. That’s not the point of this article though. This is about PSV being a good companion device to the PS4 and based on the features they demoed/taked about at E3 – i.e. remote play (which every PS4 game bar camera games will support) and PS+ links.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DrDamn

    As an extra point I’d say the WiiU has the greater possibilities than other implementations because of the fully linked play (i.e. all players are playing on the single box). I don’t think that sort of MP has been exploited yet though. I also like to see what they can do with two screened controllers, but then you have the same issues as PS4/Vita in that it’s a limited user base and extra cost.

    #19 2 years ago

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  • Motivational Growth is the first non-documentary film to be released on Steam

    Motivational Growth will soon be Steam’s first foray into selling movies that are not based around video games Steam will release its first, non-documentary film later today in the form of Motivational Growth. The film is a sci-fi comedy distributed by Hotline Miami publisher Devolver Digital, who has itself produced other game-centred documentaries before, and […]

  • Metal Gear Solid movie in the works at Sony Pictures

    A Metal Gear Solid film is in the making at Sony Pictures. Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures has closed a deal to make a film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. The film will be written by Jay Basu, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts attached to direct. Michael De Luca is said to be heading production. There […]

  • Destiny: Inferno mode returns this week with Inferno Clash

    Inferno mode returns to Destiny this week. This time it’s Inferno Clash. The Inferno playlist will be back to The Crucible rotation in Destiny this week. Unlike last month’s Control, Clash will be the mode variant this time. The main changes Inferno brings to the game is the removal of the radar (mini-map), scoring is […]

  • Bladestorm: how 28 rogue ninja conquered Brittany

    The Hundred Years War wasn’t ended by the superior forces of the French cavalry: it was ninja. Bladestorm: Nightmare Battlefield sim. Take control of dozens of unit types. You play a mercenary, fighting for both France and England, usually at your own discretion. Unit variations liven things up; Lady Lancers replace Knights. Vikings replace Swords. […]

  • First Bloodborne speedrun is in, game finished in under 45 minutes

    Bloodborne has been out for less than a week in most parts of the world and the first speedrun record has already been achieved. YouTuber Oginam_tv managed to finish Bloodborne in under 50 minutes. Of course not without utilising more than his fair share of exploits, including level-skipping glitches, as well as the item duplication […]

  • Advanced Warfare Infection gameplay shows the new map, monsters, extraction mechanic

    We’ve got some new gameplay footage from Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies episode 2 – Infection. Arekkz went to L.A. this past weekend and played the new map that Infection brings to Exo Zombies mode in Advanced Warfare. The map is noticeably larger than that of the first episode, with more branching paths you can unlock. […]

  • Hotline Miami collector’s edition is close, 50% already achieved

    The Hotline Miami crowdfunding effort to produce a special collector’s edition is going strong with 50% of the target achieved. Gamer Network’s collector’s edition initiative has announced that funding for the Hotline Mimi Gamer’s Edition has reached 50% of its goal, with just over nine days to go. The collector’s edition is a one-of-a-kind bundle […]

  • Woah Dave will be an extra free PS+ game on PS4 in April

    Indie platformer Woah Dave will be made free to PlayStation Plus members on PlayStation 4 in April, but it’s not part of the month’s main Plus offering. Woah Dave is a “secret” April PlayStation Plus game, according to Sony. The game is a 2D platformer that received positive feedback when it was released on PS […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: three international tourneys announced, $100,000 prize pool

    Warner Bros. has announced a new series of Mortal Kombat X tournaments with a prize pool starting at $100,000. Mortal Kombat X Worldwide Competitive Program is a series of tournaments that kick off in April and allow players from the around the world participation. The tournaments are the Fatal 8 Exhibition Tournament, Mortal Kombat X […]

  • Project CARS to receive a free car every month, starting with the Lykan Hypersport

    The Lykan Hypersport, the supercar featured in one of Furious 7′s action set-pieces, will be a free download for Project CARS owners. To thank the fans for their patience throughout Project CARS development and several delays, developer Slightly Mad will be giving all owners one in-game car for free each month. The first car will […]

  • Leaked Halo Online gameplay shows weapons, maps, and more

    Gameplay from the upcoming, Russia only, Halo Online has leaked online and it looks like a mix of Halo 3 and Halo Reach. Microsoft announced last week that a free-to-play Halo game is in development at Saber Interactive. The game will be available in Russia only, at least on launch. YouTuber Noble, with the help […]

  • Get PlayStation 4 with the PS Camera and The Last of Us for $399

    US retailer Best Buy is offering a free PlayStation Camera with the purchase of The Last of Us PS4 bundle. If you’re in the US, Best Buy is having a very good deal on PlayStation 4 systems at the moment. If you buy The Last of Us PS4 bundle, you’ll automatically get the PS Camera […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC comes to PS4 in May

    Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC has been given a release window for PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360. Jaws of Hakkon, the first story add-on to Dragon Age: Inquisition was released last week on PC and Xbox One. The release was a complete surprise, as there was no prior announcement. What was also surprising […]

  • Watch Rainbow Six Siege developers stream new gameplay right now

    Rainbow Six Siege developers are about to livestream new gameplay footage. Come and watch with us. The livestream below starts at 7pm UK time/6pm GMT. Ubisoft will be showing new gameplay footage and will talk more about the operator system, which was revealed today. The footage will be from the PC alpha build. Expect more […]

  • Advanced Warfare Exo Zombie Infected trailer shows new weapons, massive enemy

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies episode 2, Infected, has been shown off in a new trailer. The official trailer for Exo Zombies Infected is here with footage of the new gear and new enemies. All of which help set up the mess everyone’s making at Burger Town. John Malkovich and co are dropped […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition comes with a 120-page field manual

    Rainbow Six Siege will be getting a collector’s edition and it comes with a 120-page guide. The Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition has been fully detailed. It’s called the “Art of Siege Edition” and will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, priced £65. Here’s what you get: A copy of the game […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege trailer is all about the operators

    Rainbow Six Siege has a new trailer available explaining the operator system. Operators are what makes any Counter Terrorist Unit and you will get to choose each of them individually before assembling a team. Any operator you choose will not be available for others though, so planning ahead will be crucial. The new trailer shows […]

  • Spotify now available on PS3 and PS4, lets you play music in the background

    Spotify has arrived on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The Spotify app is now available in 42 countries on PSN. The app was part of last week’s firmware update and can be found under PlayStation Music. Anyone can download it, as it doesn’t require PlayStation Plus. You can use your PSN account to subscribe to […]

  • Let’s talk Battlefield Hardline weapon balance

    The weapon balance in Battlefield Hardline is causing a controversy among the players. Are some weapons too powerful, or are other not powerful enough? Westie has been playing Battlefield Hardline since it the day it came out and he has some opinions about the state of weapon balance as it stands right now. Westie also […]

  • UK Charts: Bloodborne enters at No. 2, Battlefield Hardline defends No. 1 spot

    Battlefield Hardline has defended the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts against Bloodborne’s impressive numbers. The UK Charts for the week ending March 28 show Battlefield Hardline continuing to hold the top spot despite dropping 43% in sales. Bloodborne achieved the No. 2 spot and came only 22,500 copies short of becoming number 1. […]

  • Halo 5: Guardians release date and new trailers released

    Halo 5 is coming in October. Are you ready? Halo 5: Guardians has been slapped with a release date of October 27. Microsoft and 343 Industries also released a new trailer to mark the news; check it out below. “The Master Chief. Spartan Locke. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted?” Microsoft said […]

  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

    In a weekend where favourites crashed out and non-US teams took a beating, Denial stepped up to take the title and $400,000 prize Denial have beaten Revenge to win the Call of Duty Championship 2015, claiming a $400,000 prize. Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, 32 of the best teams in the world battled it […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

    Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC is looking pretty sweet in these two new videos. The Call of Duty Championships this weekend have given our very own Arekkz a chance to check out the new Ascendance DLC coming this month. Take a look at all four new maps as well as the cool new grapple ability (which […]

  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

    Zombies mode gets an exo-kick up the ass with Advanced Warfare’s second DLC drop, Ascendance. When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC drops this week, players will be going up against some tougher challenges in Exo Zombies mode. “It’s all zombies, all of the time,” says High Moon Studios Matt Tieger, head of the […]

  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

    You know, Lester isn’t as soft as he lets on, at least in these two GTA Online videos he’s not. The first one below is from YouTube user 10Phoenix01 Gamer, showing Lester kick a guy’s ass. It’s apparently punishment for running over the player – at least that’s the way it appears. A second video […]

  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

    ArenaNet has posted information on the Guild Wars 2 website explaining how crafting mastery, and crafting a legendary weapon, will work in the Heart of Thorns expansion. There’s also information on the new Map Bonuses system, which will make acquiring crafting materials a more “directed activity” and streamlined experience. The new system will also add […]

  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

    Cities: Skylines players can now fly over their creations thanks to the Flight Cimulator mod. Created by Ulysius and available through the Steam Workshop, the mod allows the user to simulate flight through simple controls. According to the mod notes, it is still a work in progress as Ulysius plans to add building collisions , […]

  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

    Sony has announced the addition of AMC to its PlayStation Vue service, which soft launched in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia earlier this month. Those who use the service can now get their Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead fix, and also watch the Sundance channel, WEtv and IFC. AMC and WEtv are […]

  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

    Thanks to Roystan Ross and the Unity engine, you can play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser. This little nugget came to my attention yesterday, and unfortunately it became lost on my worksheet. Better late than never, I suppose. Anyway, the level is free-to-play and if you don’t wish to play […]

  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

    The next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will “address a variety of issues across the game,” according to 343 Industries, including specific improvements to ranking. New quit and betrayal penalties are also in the works as the development team prepares to roll out ranks to additional playlists. According to 343, the latest […]

  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]

  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

    A new Battlefield 4 drop is on the horizon, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have a video for you below featuring information on the Weapon Crate DLC. According to Battlefield expert Westie, players can expect five new weapons along with the return of the Gun Master game mode. The […]

  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]