Yesterday on the official Playstation Blog, Sony’s VP of Computer Entertainment / President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida gave an interview which explains Sony's plans for the Playstation Vita. The Vita was released in Japan over the weekend, and will be reaching American gamers on February 22nd, 2012.
Yoshida gives an in-depth interview, expanding on the things Sony learned with the launch of the PSP, and some of their bigger expectations for the Vita, which has been getting a considerable amount of praise so far.
Talking about the Vita's launch games:
"Generally we look three years ahead when we work on games. We have a fairly firm plan right up to 2013 but, because PS Vita gives us the opportunity to work on smaller titles like Escape Plan and Sound Shapes, I’m certain we will end up working on more games than we even know about at this moment. On top of the launch line-up, we have already announced LittleBigPlanet, Resistance: Burning Skies, ModNation: Road Trip, and Killzone."
How this strategy differed from the PSP:
"In the past we launched PSP and then shifted our attention to PS3 when that came on the horizon, which we now concede was a mistake. So with PS Vita we are working on this huge range titles and planning ahead for a constant supply of excellent games."
My personal PS Vita game is a totally immersive experience called Sound Shapes. It’s made by Jonathan Mak who created Everyday Shooter all by himself, designing the graphics and even composing the music. With this new game he has some huge ambitions: he has even hired a couple of people!
On smaller developers, like the aforementioned Jonathan Mak and Sound Shapes
"I’m a fan of these small developers – The best thing is that they have experience in every part of planning, developing and releasing. It’s not like they have left school and gone to work in a team of 100, only ever working on one particular aspect of their game. They don’t follow the traditional game conventions; some of them are very vocal about trying to break those rules. They are the next generation and they will be changing the landscape of gaming long after I have retired."
You should head over to the Playstation blog for the full interview, and get ready for the Playstation Vita, however you can.