A patent filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment and published this week prompted many to believe that the Japanese giant may be working on a successor to the PlayStation Vita, but despite the documentation depicting a new cartridge-like product, it’s got absolutely nothing to do with a hypothetical handheld – instead, it’s for a toy named the Sony Toio which released overseas last year.
Many had believed (hoped?) that the company was in fact lining up a successor to its portable line, given that the PS Vita is scheduled to officially be discontinued next year. But the patent shows a cartridge identical to the ones used in the abovementioned product, and thus is completely unrelated.
The manufacturer has admitted that handhelds are “one way of delivering gaming experiences” in the past, but the chances of it creating a PS Vita successor look slim at this stage – especially while it’s hands-on with the PlayStation 5 behind-the-scenes. Of course, a new portable isn’t impossible should the right circumstances arise – it just seems unlikely right now. And this patent is, unfortunately, not evidence of anything.