PS Vita 2 or similar Sony handheld hinted at by multiple sources and tipped to arrive before the PlayStation 5 Pro
While there are a couple of PlayStation Portable rumors often floating around, usually they have less substance than oxygen. However, a couple of recent mentions of a Sony handheld or new Sony hardware have sparked life into the discussion, with fans wondering if a PS Vita 2 could finally be on the cards. It is unclear whether Sony might offer up a successor to its much-loved PlayStation Vita console that was discontinued in 2019 or perhaps produce something to go in its INZONE gaming repertoire. There’s even a chance that the new hardware could be a PS5 Portable, although it would have to be a much cutdown variant of the larger device otherwise it would cost a fortune and likely toast a few hands in the process.
Murmurings about this potential new Sony handheld have come via Reddit and tech insider Tom Henderson. Whereas Henderson simply states “a new piece of Sony hardware” is coming in a recent streaming session on YouTube, the redditor u/remy2fly goes all out with the comment “Asus employee aware of Sony handheld secretly being worked on”. So, while Henderson could have been referring to a new monitor or headset, the Reddit thread (a discussion about the new Asus ROG Ally handheld) offers a more specific direction: PlayStation Vita 2 incoming? Of course, it’s not obvious how Sony would approach this development, whether it would produce something akin to the Steam Deck for the INZONE line or come up with something more spectacular that would offer at least native PS4 gaming.
There are two more interesting takeaways to be had here, as well. Firstly, Henderson also reckons this new hardware from Sony will turn up before the PS5 Pro, which could be this year. He comments that he will know more about the PS5 Pro over the next few months, so if this is a PlayStation portable device of some sort that is coming then fans have every right to feel a soupçon of excitement. In addition, back in mid-2020 we reported on a prediction made by Goldman Sachs in regard to Sony’s gaming hardware. The financial services company predicted back in 2017 that the PlayStation 5 would come in 2020 (correct) and that a PlayStation 5 Portable would land in 2023. There was also a timeframe for the PlayStation 6 listed, with 2027 given as the year of release (although 2028 seems more likely at the moment).
For those asking, the new Sony hardware I alluded to in yesterday's stream hasn't been reported on yet.— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) April 2, 2023