Sony has admitted that traditional triple-A game development on PlayStation Vita is not a viable business model.
Instead, it now believes that streaming console games from PS4 and, via PlayStation Now, PS3 offers the best route for triple-A gaming on the machine.
“The economics simply don’t work with the traditional process,” SCEA’s product planning and platform software innovation director Don Mesa said in response to a fan asking for more “good triple-A games” on Vita along the lines of Killzone: Mercenary and Uncharted: Golden Abyss.
“We have to do something different to get triple-A games on Vita. We accomplished it to a certain degree by making PS4 games work on Vita via remote play. PS Now will be another way, streaming PS3 games on Vita.
“I can’t wait until PS Now is out on Vita – I hope you’ll try out the experience and let me know what you think.”
Vita’s early days were categorised by criticisms that an expensive machine with console-like game prices would simply not be able to compete with modern smartphones offering free or 69p titles.