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Mahe

Some of the previous posts say that price was a dealbreaker for Vita and that's at least partially true. The launch price was too high, and the memory card prices were ridiculous. If Sony makes a new handheld, they need to pay attention to pricing.

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CrazyOtto

Another possibility is that it could be a digital-only portable PS4.

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Mahe

CrazyOtto wrote:

Another possibility is that it could be a digital-only portable PS4.

This doesn't seem probable. The PS4 chipset has been designed as a home console, and even PS4 Slim isn't power-efficient or small enough to be considered viable for a portable modification.

If Sony does have a new handheld, it will have to have a different chipset designed with handheld use as its target.

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ngallo22

I'd love to see a Vita 2.

Its too early for an entire new console announcement at E3. Even if Sony wants to compete with the Scorpio. Most people haven't heard of the Scorpio anyways.

Introducing a new vita to compete with the Switch would be amazing. It would outsell the switch if it get's good launch titles.

I just want AAA games to play on the go, which I know Sony is more than capable of doing. Cross buy/ Cross save form the PS4 to the Vita 2 would make this PERFECT.
I want to play For Honor, Battlefield and Battlefront on the go SO BAD

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Rudy_Manchego

@ngallo22 I'd love to see it but to be honest, I don't see it happening. To be able to play PS4 games would mean some serious hardware which would make it expensive and probably a bit too bulky. The Switch is amazing but just can't run those type of games.

I think Nintendo have made that gamble and won with the portability but not sure that Sony would want the investment necessary to get another console off the ground, particularly with the Pro and PSVR just launching.

I'm with you though, a Vita 2 would indeed be awesome!

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BAMozzy

@Rudy_Manchego The main issue is the battery. The technology is there to make a PS4 in a handheld essentially but the battery life would suffer - powering a 1080p screen, running at sufficient speed etc. When you look at the size of a SoC - just look at the size of the Scorpio's for example which is 3.5x the power of a PS4 but they could reduce the size down for the 1.86tflops to match the PS4. Stick on 8GB RAM and link that all together on a Motherboard - together with a decent flash memory (look at the size of a micro SD card - I know a 512GB is expensive but shows its possible - and that's assuming they keep a comparative storage capacity). Cooling would be an issue as well but the biggest problem would still be battery life - especially if you wanted to keep the weight and size down - to run all that, keep it cool and make it at a 'competitive' cost.

This is the Switch Teardown - look at the size of the motherboard (the odd shaped circuit board), the chip etc and there is quite a bit of 'space' on that motherboard that isn't utilised. Its also tiny - maybe a third of the size of the Switch itself. If Sony went for a 7.2" touchscreen, the size of an iPod mini for example, yes it maybe 'bigger' but would enable a bigger motherboard to fit a bigger SoC and more RAM too. No doubt it would be heavier and possibly thicker with the need for more cooling and a bigger battery to power it all. If they kept with 'fixed' controllers, that would enable more room to spread the build out. It does make it less 'pocket' friendly but its still as portable as an iPad.

Like I said, I have no doubts its possible. The main problem is the cost in making it and then selling at a competitive price. I doubt it would make financial sense though

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