Former President & CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America has been speaking to IGN about his life at PlayStation, including the PS Vita. In the interview Tretton states that the Vita is a great machine, but was launched way too late to capitalise on a handheld console market. He says this may have been the overall attitude within Sony. The rise of the mobile gaming market is one of the key factors that is attributed to stopping the Vita from becoming a bigger hit.
During this time period though Nintendo has seen very good sales for its 3DS and 2DS lines, with a lot of continued support. The mobile market could be partly to blame for the Vita’s lack of global success, but it can’t be ignored that Sony did appear to give up first party support pretty quickly the handheld. Right now the support for the console is through third party publishers and indie developers.
The Vita isn’t the only thing he speaks about though, being very positive about the PS2 and PS4 eras, as well as talking about the PS3.