Despite what has recently been said about Sony Interactive Entertainment’s stance on mobile gaming, it seems we might see more portable PlayStation experiences, and possibly consoles, in the future.
According to the latest head of PlayStation, John Kodera, the company hasn’t turned away completely from gaming on the go. In an interview with Bloomberg, Kodera made the following statement about PlayStation’s current stance on portable gaming:
In my opinion, rather than separating portable gaming from consoles, it’s necessary to continue thinking of it as one method to deliver more gaming experiences and exploring what our customers want from portable. We want to think about many options.
Kodera also teased that the next PlayStation console could integrate with portable devices in some way. However, he didn’t divulge any additional details, as it isn’t “the right stage to discuss specific hardware plans.”
It’s unclear if Kodera’s comments suggest PlayStation plans on creating another console similar to the PlayStation Vita, or if it will be looking to expand its presence on smartphones. Players can currently use PlayLink on mobile devices to connect with certain PlayStation 4 games, but with its limited features, it appears Sony is still merely experimenting with portable experiences.
Regardless, Kodera’s comments come as a surprise for several reasons. Recently, Sony announced that production of all Vita GameCards would stop bythe end of this fiscal year, essentially ending the hope of Vita remaining a priority for the company. Also, in 2017, former PlayStation head Andrew House referred to the handheld market as “limited” and said Sony was not looking to compete with the success of the Nintendo Switch.
While we’ll likely have to wait quite awhile before we know more about any new portable PlayStation experiences, we could learn more about a successor to PlayStation 4 soon. Kodera recently said Sony’s current console was entering its “final life cycle,” which means the company might be far along in the next system’s development.