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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:50pm 19/06/12 | 10 Comments
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.












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Steve Farrelly
Posted 12:58pm 19/6/12
1.8 million vitas sold globally, compared to 3DS (with a 9-month headstart) of 17 million. That's 1.4 million a month for Nintendo compared with three months on sale and only 1.8 million for vita :\
Bucky
Posted 01:47pm 19/6/12
To quote a classis Aussie movie " tell him he's dreaming"
DM
Posted 01:58pm 19/6/12
It's been the same way for every sony console release. They come out with a handful of alright/s***** games no one really cares about and the system sits dusty. Then some decent games start coming out for it and things pick up. This is no exception. The Vita will get some games that are worth buying but who knows when that will be. If you want to release a new gaming platform you can't have just 1 or 2 good games and that's it for a year or 2.
teq
Posted 02:04pm 19/6/12
lets also not forget that Sony are f*****g evil

Khel
Posted 02:30pm 19/6/12
I bought Gravity Rush on the weekend for Vita, its f*****g awesome. If you have a Vita, you need to get that game.
ShwaMiller86
Posted 02:38pm 19/6/12
It's not the same, really, DM... the handheld market has changed more than almost any other shift in home gaming history. There's never been a bigger drop in prices (App stores) or broadening of player base ever before.

The Vita is in a weird position of not really knowing who it is targeted at. 3DS has the kids market and knows who the player base is, which helps it in regards to the app store revolution, but they're hurting too.
Drummo
Posted 03:25pm 20/6/12
Sony spouted the same bulls*** with the original PSP, talking up how it will be like another controller for your PS3 with it's ability to display more information to the player then just what's on your TV blah blah blah.

This s*** only works, and will only be put to extensive use by the developers for your console if it's in the original SDK.

No one wants to waste time and money developing for some new gimicky add on.

Also, f*** Sony.
copuis
Posted 02:49pm 28/6/12
one of the biggest movers of handheld gaming was the smart phone,

adults are more likely to spend extra on a phone that can play fun time wastey entertaining game than to spend on a bulky vita

hell, most nerds are more likely to get a DS and play some of the fun memory from childhood games, pretty sure a quick straw poll around here would show a higher number of people owning a DS than a Vita
icewyrm
Posted 06:27pm 28/6/12
Handheld gaming has been big for a long time. I think for the most part people who exclusively play games on smartphones when mobile aren't really the type who would have bought a dedicated handheld console to begin with.

People who want a fancier phone buy one, and most people these days do. Most people don't even think about playing games on their phone, they just happen to notice they can do it after they've already bought it.

In other words I think they are for the most part different markets.

Having said that I wouldn't buy either of the current platforms nor am I likely to pick up any future ones, so I don't have anything invested in this either way.
copuis
Posted 06:37pm 28/6/12
I'm saying that they (phones) are moving in on that market,

I'm sure that many adults that commute that would have in the past bought a handheld to while away the time are now more likely to play some upset avian's, check facebook, or make a tweet about the state of somebody's ill advised clothing

you are always going to get people who will buy a DS because pokemon is still cool to play when your thirty,
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