In a statement that will reverberate through the Nintendo headquarters, EA Labels President Frank Gibeu, has stated that the PS Vita has a better chance than the 3DS.
While he’s not entirely convinced that handhelds in general are the way of the future, thanks to the smart phone, he does feel Sony are better placed to make it through this generation.
"I think that part of the videogame business is tough right now because they have had some significant competition come in that was totally disruptive, and that was the smartphone,
I think [Sony has] got a shot because they have some really unique innovation in the control scheme, the technology and the screen. It’s got a lot of social features now so that you can actually communicate with your friends and be social.
"You can’t ring them up by putting the device up to your ear but in general I think they’ve got most of the capabilities that you’d find in a smart phone, with some unique capabilities that make them stand out."
Which is all good and well and wouldn’t upset Nintendo too much but then he goes on to state
I don’t think they’re quite in the same boat as the 3DS… the 3DS was a really interesting piece of technology but I think there was some confusion over it and the title slate was a little different
and finishes them off with
I think Vita has a better chance because it has a stronger title slate at launch. PSP’s had a great run in Europe as a device, it seems to have reached a much larger audience here than it did in North America. So I think they’ve got a good shot. We’re going to publish a few games on it and see how it develops
Whether he’s right or not will very much depend on studio’s like his own and which platform they decide to put their money behind.
Last Updated: August 26, 2011