PSVita Might Not Run Flash At Launch

According to reports that originate with Famitsu magazine in Japan, the PlayStation Vita might be missing one or two little features when it launches.

The Japanese magazine has returned answers from a recently compiled FAQ in which the new Sony handheld’s browser specifications were listed. It accepts cookies, runs Javascript 1.7 and HTML5 but no Flash, apparently. This would bring it in line with the standards supported by iOS and isn’t a huge loss for those who aren’t bothered with online flash games. Most leading internet video is now available in HTML5.

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Another possible cause for concern is the absence of “Game Archives” which means no PSOne classics or TurboGFX games. It’s assumed, given Sony’s recent claims to the contrary, that those features might arrive after launch in a feature-packed update.

We’ll be having a good poke around with the Vita in December so we’ll report everything we can then.

Source: Siliconera

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22 Comments

  1. No great shakes to be fair. We’ve seen iDevices make huge inroads into the mobile-gaming market so Sony may well hold off (altogether) from supporting Flash so it doesn’t dent its potential profit from the smaller games.

    • my thoughts entirely. Flash is going to be unsupported everywhere eventually (like in a year or two), this might just be the second big hardware platform to decide it’s too clunky, insecure and power hungry.
      So yeah, don’t care if it’s not on the Vita, it hasn’t made the slightest difference to me not having it on iOS. Even the places that did suffer from not having it have started to convert everything because iOS is such a big slice of the market now, Vita will only increase that urgency.

      • iOS is being overtaken by Android, so the notion of iOS killing Flash is a bit premature.
        Whether it’s relevant to the argument depends on what you are going to do with the device, if I do get Vita it’s not going to be replacing my Flash supporting Android phone so for me it doesn’t matter. For others it might….

      • I think it’s a combination of Adobe and advertisers killing flash.

        1: People have begun to accept that devices don’t support flash, but (I gather) Adobe keeps asking fir licensing fees like the things would be unsellable without flash.

        2: Flash has a bad security reputation. I don’t care if they may have improved. Flash is turned off for any unknown, untrusted or new site.

        3: Flash is a nuisance. It’s used extensively for advertising of the blinking annoying kind. This site for instance is a lot better when browsed without flash. I much prefer the browser on my current phone (no flash) over my previous one (flash that couldn’t easily be switched off).

  2. Flash is a bit of a dog. Security flaws and resources heavy, I’m not surprised they’ve opted for HTML5. Although HTML5 Video still seems hit and miss.

  3. Flash is no great loss on a mobile device, even though my phone can do it, I rarely need it.

    • Only used it a couple of times on my phone so won’t miss it either.

      • My phone can’t even do internet, it struggles with bluetooth, tiny storage… It’s awful, I swear the pictures are 80% digital noise..

  4. Well that’s for the japanese launch so we might have it at launch.

  5. I like the fact that my phone is able to run flash. Some unprofessional homepages for restaurants and bars still rely on flash and it’s really annoying if you need it and it’s not available. Also the possibility to play youtube videos in the browser without having to switch to a youtube app is really nice.
    Nothing essential but still better to have than having to miss it.

    • The idea of playing a YouTube clip on a smart phone with it on less than full-screen would horrify me but your other points are valid. I hate discovering the odd site that’s not been tweaked for non-Flash devices. Seems very short-sighted these days.

      • I do it regularly on my tablet but with the bigger screen size it’s less of a problem. The odd occasion where I actually need it on a smartphone is when the video is actually just an audio track and it’s convenient being able to listen to it while still reading something on the same site. It is a pretty special szenario but I’d rather have the option to do it if I want to.

    • You don’t need to switch to the YouTube app to play a YouTube video in Safari/any app on iPhone.

      • I’m not really sure about this since I don’t have much knowledge in the web dev area but that is only if the video is a HTML5 version, right? I’ve run into the message where I’m asked if I wanted to switch to the Youtube app to watch the video quite a few times. And please don’t tell me the video plays embedded in the site if I hit cancel because I must admit I’ve never tried that before… I’m just so used to Android. I actually had to ask people how to create folders in iOS because of this… Boy, did I feel stupid. :D

      • If it’s a YouTube video embedded into a web page then it will play in the app without leaving the app but in full screen for iPhone and it plays just in the web page on iPad.

      • Yeah, it’s the forced full screen part about it that bothers me sometimes. See my reply to Bunimomike.

  6. It’s a bit annoying how Adobe have a monopoly on the video streaming side of things. Someone needs to slap their wrists for being so uncooperative with any company that doesn’t have Microsoft holding their hand.

  7. I hate flash. Every day it wants to update on my PC, so i say yes, and it doesn’t do anything! HTML5 is the future

  8. Not a big loss with flash.. but hopefully the PS1 games will be available AT UK launch, they guess its because of the Second analog stick and at a guess the back touch thingy could be R1 R2? would be cool if possible.

  9. “they guess ”

    Whoops?? I… not they

  10. As long as it’s better than the current PSP/PS3 browser I’m a happy panda.

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