By Joseph Leray
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida made the company’s plans for the PlayStation Vita clear: “Our priority right now is definitely to bring more content.”
“In terms of new content and new system and service features, we can add that, and we can work with third-parties to get more,” he continued. “We’re getting a very good feeling when we talk with third-party companies.”
It’s obvious that gaming platforms need to be supported by games and features, but Sony’s line of portables has struggled to buck a reputation as a barren system. To that end, Sony announced a suite of new initiatives to bolster the Vita’s library during their Gamescom presentation.
Having previously confirmed that PSOne Classics will be coming to the Vita via system update later this month, Sony is also introducing Cross Buy and PlayStation Mobile.
The Cross Buy program allows users who buy the PlayStation 3 versions of select games to download the Vita versions from the PlayStation Network at no additional cost. The first games to use the new system include PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, and Ratchet & Clank: Full-Frontal Assault.
PlayStation Mobile, on the other hand, is a cross-platform service designed to bring smaller downloadable games from a range of studios, indie and traditional, to the Vita, as well as PlayStation Certified mobile phones. THQ, Team 17 (Worms), Action Button Entertainment (ZiGGURAT), and Vlambeer (Super Crate Box) have all signed onto the program.
Action Button and Vlambeer in particular stand out as successful, engaging mobile developers. ZiGGURAT and Super Crate Box are both excellent iOS games, and bringing those teams to the PlayStation Mobile platform suggests, to me, Sony’s willingness to support smart touch-screen games.
The service will be available in nine countries initially, with more to follow.Japan, theUnited States,Canada, theUnited Kingdom,France,Germany,Italy,Spain, andAustraliawill receive PlayStation mobile later this year.