The PlayStation Vita (rear) and PlayStation Vita Slim
Despite not being featured during Sony's E3 press conference in June, the PlayStation Vita is currently enjoying improved sales, and Sony has no intention of letting its handheld fall by the wayside.
That's according to Sony UK boss Fergal Gara, who told Eurogamer, "It's trucking along. It's currently in year-on-year growth and enjoying a healthy year, and it's about to hit its biggest and potentially most powerful release of the year, which is Minecraft. That could be an extraordinary release for Vita."
Gara says the Vita's recent sales bump isn't due entirely to the PS4. "It's just found its niche," he said. "It's not the biggest niche in the world, and we've been fairly open about talking about it entered a crowded landscape with many other devices providing some sort of handheld fulfillment. But for those who want that more specialist device and a more specialist experience, it does a damn good job, and therefore it trucks along quite nicely."
The Vita's focus has shifted greatly since its launch on 2012, when Sony positioned it as a handheld that offered console-style games like Uncharted: Golden Abyss. More recently, it's become the place for Remote Play and indie games. Gara suggested we're not likely to see Uncharted or Killzone on Vita again, "[b]ut what we are excited by is the number of games we can take to the platform that have been created for other platforms." He cited Minecraft and Lego Batman 3 as examples of such games.