Will the PlayStation Vita survive?
Gamers have been asking that question for months but in fact, Sony isn't totally unsatisfied with the portable's position.
Sony UK boss Fergal Gara tells Eurogamer that the Vita is here to stay, and the upcoming release of Minecraft could really help the unit's bottom line:
"It's trucking along. It's currently in year-on-year growth and enjoying a healthy year, and it's about to hit its biggest and potentially most powerful release of the year, which is Minecraft. That could be an extraordinary release for Vita."
The PlayStation 4 has also helped to boost Vita sales, as Gara says they're "seeing a bit of reflected glory from PS4." Remote Play is helping but despite rumors that a PS4/Vita bundle is in the works (and Sony hasn't shied away from the idea), there's nothing official yet on that front. The increase in Vita sales isn't entirely due to Sony's next-gen console, though.
"It's just found its niche. It's not the biggest niche in the world, and we've been fairly open about talking about it entered a crowded landscape with many other devices providing some sort of handheld fulfillment. But for those who want that more specialist device and a more specialist experience, it does a damn good job, and therefore it trucks along quite nicely."
It's clear that the Vita isn't the runaway success everyone hoped it'd be. But perhaps with time, and with enough software, it will do okay. The problem is that Sony says they won't be pursuing too many AAA blockbuster productions for the system, which could be problematic…