While the PlayStation Vita has struggled to make much commercial headway on its own steam, the portable looks set to be refreshed by the PlayStation 4. You’ll need one of the handhelds to get the most out of Sony’s next generation system, with features such as Remote Play vying for your attention. As such, some kind of bundle strikes us as the most natural thing in the world – and SCEE gaffer Jim Ryan has admitted that it’s something that the platform holder is thinking about.
“Sure, I mean it’s the sort of thing that we’re discussing,” he told EDGE magazine. “Now I’m not saying that we’re going to do it, but one of the things that I was pleased about [at GamesCom was] that we had the chance to really properly explain and demonstrate Remote Play. It was touched upon at the New York event and it was touched upon at E3, but there was so much other stuff going on that it didn’t really get the time that I think that it warranted.”
Earlier in the year, a slew of rumours suggested that the platform holder is actually planning to introduce a hardware bundle featuring both systems for $500, but Ryan wouldn’t confirm the speculation. “Clearly, finding ways for consumers to access both devices is a logical thing to do,” he conceded. “Whether you put them together in a bundle, that’s one way of doing it – you might get a bit of a problem with the price, but there are a variety of ways and means to do that and it’s definitely something that we’re talking about.”
We asked whether you’d want a PS4 and Vita bundle in a Talking Point published last month, and over 88 per cent of you said that you were interested in the idea. We think that price is still the big hurdle, though. If the manufacturer could hit $500, then this would be huge – but any more and we reckon that it would be a difficult sell.