It may have already gone without saying, but it seems Sony has finally confirmed there will be no more PlayStation handheld systems. In a recent interview, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan spoke of the handheld gaming business as something Sony is no longer a part of, seemingly confirming that there will never be a PlayStation Vita 2.
Speaking to Game Informer, Ryan said the Vita was “brilliant in many ways,” but said handheld gaming is clearly “a business that we’re no longer a part of.” While Sony said in 2018 that it was stepping away from the handheld market and did not plan on creating a Vita 2 at the time, Ryan’s statement is further confirmation that fans hoping for a new handheld anytime soon are bound to be disappointed.
Sony likely gave up on handhelds due to the prominence of mobile phone gaming and the success of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch, which — five years after the Vita’s launch — fulfilled the Vita’s promise of console-quality gaming on the go. Sony ended production of the original PS Vita in March 2019.