Xbox COO on Vita: I’m not sure it’s a good idea

There are hardships ahead for Sony’s new PlayStation Vita handheld. At least, that’s what Dennis Durkin, chief operating officer for Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business, reckons.

Durkin bases his scepticism on current market conditions, saying he’s “not sure I would want to be launching a dedicated portable device right now.”

“If you look at the 3DS, certainly versus people’s expectation’s it’s not been as successful as people would have thought. So that’s a very crowded market and a very, very red ocean right now with a lot of change happening. So I’m not sure it’s [a good idea.]”

He continues: “You only have a certain number of bets you can make as a company and you have to decide what you want to put your wood behind and I’m just not sure that that’s a place that I would put mine.”

The sentiment is shared by id Software’s John Carmack who believes the PS Vita hardware may look “pretty pokey” in a year or two when compared to smartphones and tablets.

Microsoft itself is placing its portable gaming bets on its Windows Phone 7 platform, which is getting a major update this fall. Changes to its dedicated Games Hub were detailed just last week.