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Sony talks probability of new handheld or PlayStation Classic Mini

Sony is looking into a new handheld PlayStation console and a retro PlayStation Classic Mini offering, PlayStation head John Kodera has confirmed.

Kodera recently took the reigns of PlayStation, replacing former head Andrew House.

The next Vita?

Kodera said that Sony is open to a handheld successor to the PlayStation Vita, which will see its physical cartridge production discontinued early next year.

“In my opinion, rather than separating portable gaming from consoles, it’s necessary to continue thinking of [portable gaming] as one method to deliver more gaming experiences and exploring what our customers want from portable,” Kodera said last week (via Bloomberg).

“We want to think about many options.”

PlayStation Classic Mini

Kodera then met with Japanese publication MantanWeb (as translated by BlackKite) to discuss the possibility of a NES Classic Mini-like PSone console (which we’re calling the PlayStation Classic Mini).

“Our company is always digging up past assets, and I think there are various ways to do it,” Kodera wrote. “There have been discussions happening (in the company) on what kind of ways there are.”

The release of a PlayStation Classic Mini would depend on third-party support; after all, titles like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon are Activision properties, not Sony’s. Since both of those titles have been repackaged as nostalgia-filled bundles available on PS4 (and in Crash‘s case, other platforms very soon), would Activision really welcome the competition?

What do you make of the next Sony handheld or the PlayStation Classic Mini?

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