Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida says working with smaller independent developers will help the PS Vita to become a success.
Speaking in an interview with Gamasutra, Yoshida said that the development of Vita happened alongside the smartphone boom and was influenced by it.
“The whole development process of Vita was us watching the smartphone and the tablet market grow and blossom.
“We’ve seen lots of small games sold digitally through the app stores of each device, and that’s something we thought is a great addition to the whole offering of video games to the consumers.
“We do not necessarily see the smartphone replacing the portable console market,” Yoshida continued. “It’s true that many casual people already own smartphones, and spending a dollar for a game is a very easy thing to do. People who really like games want more immersive, deeper games. In addition, they also enjoy short-form, small games.”
In this respect, Sony will continue to focus on its Pub Fund, which helps fund indie games that might not otherwise have seen the light of day.
“We do it for the love of it, almost,” Yoshida explains. “It’s not like small games sell $100 million revenues. But we really think it’s important to work with younger people, and people who really sometimes disregard conventions of making games — Jon Mak made Everyday Shooter by himself.
“When games are made by a small number of people, the creative vision of one person really shines through the entire game. That’s really where we find some magic happens.”