Already quite alone, the PlayStation Vita is now completely ruled out by the new PS Plus. Unlike other consoles, its games will not be available in cloud gaming.
Yes, the PlayStation Vita was shelved, even buried, by Sony a long time ago. But there, the Japanese firm has, so to speak, planted the last nail in the coffin by completely excluding it from the new PlayStation Plus. Explanations.
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Considered a technological gem, at least the first version with its superb OLED screen, the PS Vita had a much darker life. After a promising start and a few games that were worth seeing (Gravity Rush, Tearaway, LBP…), Sony quickly abandoned its new console… and it’s not getting any better.
Among the old games available in the PS Plus Premium, PlayStation Vita titles aren’t listed there at all. And this, while players will have access to PS1, PS2, and PS3 software… and PSP. The PlayStation Portable, as a reminder, was a huge success with more than 80 million units sold.
True contempt from Sony Interactive Entertainment? Not necessarily. Unlike other consoles, the PS Vita has features that complicate things. We think of its gyroscope, but above all, of the front and rear touch screens that were used in several titles. Uncharted: Golden Abyss asked the player to place the rear camera in front of bright light to solve a puzzle, for example.
We can therefore understand the difficulties in offering the library on PS4 and PS5, in the cloud as well as locally. On the other hand, the Japanese firm could perhaps have taken a step toward the owners of the laptop by adding a selection of PS Vita games on the PS+, accessible from the console.
PS Vita says no to PS Plus membership
At the launch of the new PlayStation Plus next June, subscription to the service can only be done from a PC, mobile, PS4, or PS5. The option will be removed from PS3 and PS Vita:
When the new PlayStation Plus launches, you will no longer be able to purchase a new subscription directly from your PS3 or PS Vita. You will always be able to subscribe to a subscription from a PC, mobile, PS4 or PS5. If you remain a subscriber, all PS3 and PS Vita benefits (such as previously redeemed monthly free games) will continue to be available.
While we’re still dreaming of a PS5-compatible Remote Play, we remind you that if your collection isn’t complete, you can still buy PS Vita (and PS3) games from Sony’s throwback.