A game that could really help the Vita pick up some momentum would be a portable version of Polyphony digital’s Gran Turismo. GT was released for the PSP, but was ultimately a bit disappointing. A proper, fully-fledged – but toned-down – version of Gran Turismo 6 should be possible on the Vita though, shouldn’t it? Nope.
Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida told IGN that while the Vita was indeed a powerful handheld, it just isn’t up to the task of doing GT6 justice.
"The PS Vita is a very powerful portable system, but not quite as powerful as PS3," said Yoshida.
"As you can tell looking at GT6, it really is using PS3 to a very high level. So it’s going to be really hard to move GT6 onto PS Vita," he added.
"I don’t expect the whole game to be able to run on PS Vita. So there’s no clear plans right now that we can talk about," concluded Yoshida.
That doesn’t mean that we won;t be getting some sort of paired down Gran Turismo on Sony’s struggling handheld – but it does mean that if it does, it’ll probably be very much like the PSP version, which lacked any sort of campaign mode.
The Vita – though home to some pretty good RPG’s and niche titles - really needs games with some mainstream appeal, but they’re just not coming. Right now, it seems like the handheld’s success is hinged on its inter-console functionality, like remote play, with the PlayStation 4. I’m just not sure that people will have any money left to buy a Vita after shelling out for a PS4.