One of the biggest issues with Sony’s E3 press conference this year was the platform holder's decision to awkwardly gloss over PlayStation Vita. Chatting exclusively with VG247, Shuhei Yoshida, the head of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, admitted that the move may have been a mistake.
It was our fault for not spending enough time on PS Vita content. We have 25 new games on the show floor, playable during E3. And many of them are fantastic-looking games; from our own library is LittleBigPlanet on Vita, which looks fantastic. We could have shown it off, or Sound Shapes – coming up in August; it plays great – or some third-party [game] – Jet Set Radio on Vita is amazingly sharp and playable. So we could have shown more during the press conference.
Yoshida continued that Sony has been criticised for having long press conferences in the past, so the platform holder decided to scale things down this year. Of course, that means less room to show off different games – though we’re sure some will be keen to point out the prolonged demo of Wonderbook: Book of Spells as a slight misstep.
Still, Shuhei was not willing to shrug off the feedback entirely, and recognised that the company may have got the balance of content wrong.
If you really look for new information for PS Vita games coming out this year and early next year, we totally underrepresented that.
The idea of a more concise Sony press conference appeals to us, but hopefully the platform holder finds a way to better represent all of its systems next year.