Sony's upcoming PlayStation Vita will not support Adobe's Flash platform in its web browser...at least, not at launch.
While Flash will not be a part of the launch, the magazine's editors imply that there's a chance support will come in future firmware updates, according to
Sony's previous portable, the PSP, also launched without Flash support. A firmware update nearly a year-and-a-half post-launch added basic support: however, implementation was based on version 6 of the platform, initially released in 2002, making the PSP version five generations behind the desktop client. As a result, some Flash content can not be utilized on the system.
Support for Adobe's now 15-year-old platform has fallen by the wayside in recent years. Most famously, Apple's iOS-compatible devices do not run Flash content in their native browsers, with late former CEO Steve Jobs blaming its occlusion on "technology issues."
Additionally, Microsoft announced
that a future version of its Internet Explorer browser will drop support for all plug-ins, including Flash.
Flash continues to be the dominant platform for games on Facebook. However, the company recently launched
its first round of HTML5-based games.