The slinging matches have begun ahead of Nintendo's next home console release, with Sony chiming in on The Big N's tablet-esque controller against the Vita and its functionality when linked with PS3.
"That Wii U tablet doesn't have a processor in it, so it's got to be fueled by that box sitting under your TV," said Scott Rohde, VP of Sony Worldwide Studios in an interview with Gamesindustry International
at this year's E3. "We can do some pretty special things that you'll start to see on the [E3] floor this year and you'll see more over the upcoming months about what you can do when you actually have a processor in the thing that's in your hand as well."
The only rub against these comments is that the Wii U ships with its controller, punters will need to purchase, separately, a PS3 and a Vita in order to get that functionality, and the Vita is still trailing in the sales department behind the likes of the 3DS as well as iPad and iPhone.
"It's only been three months though, just three months," Rohde said of the lackluster sales of Vita. "There are a lot of games on that machine and I think what we have to hang our hat on... Every single person that actually picks that thing up absolutely loves it - if you're a gamer and you pick up a Vita, you're going to have fun. And you're going to use it over a device like this [points to an iPhone] if you really want a game."
Time will tell if Rohde's commitment to Vita and PS3 functionality, or the Vita in general, will pay off, but so far it's not looking great