Thanks to Sony’s revamped PS Plus offerings, we’re getting access to original PlayStation, PS2, PSP and PS4 games – along with PS3 games via cloud streaming. Something 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 sidelined, it’s barely mentioned by the company anymore. No wonder former PlayStation US boss Jack Tretton feels the PS Vita is “a bit orphaned”.
“There were certainly technologies that I thought were good that just didn’t provide the support we needed,” Tretton said in an interview with Axios. “So they are developing new technologies to introduce them to the 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 make games to support this initiative? Sometimes you born technology and hoped it would catch on.”
According to Axios’ Stephen Totilo, Tretton was not speaking out against Sony and the company’s decisions, but spoke about the lessons he had learned over his long career that he would apply to his new acquisition company.
However, it seems that Sony considered some plans for the handheld console before putting it to rest.
Recently, a pitch for a canceled EyePet game was leaked online on the PS Vita. EyePet was a hybrid AR game that used the PlayStation Camera and allowed you to interact with your pet on screen. You can feed it, clean it and even transform it.
The leaked pitch presentation revealed that the planned Vita version of EyePet would allow owners to take their pet anywhere. It would have been “the next level in augmented reality technology” and also leveraged Simultaneous Location And Mapping (or SLAM) technology. This version would have used the Vita’s touchscreen, allowing you to play with your EyePet by swiping the screen, drawing toys for it – which would come to life – and even speaking to it using the built-in microphone.
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