UFC Trainer developers Lyle Hall and Matthew Seymour have labelled Sony’s PS Vita ‘a car wreck’ in terms of pricing and sales.
They didn’t just say it out of context, of course, rather elaborated on this statement to GamesIndustry.biz. “If people aren’t willing to pay $249 for a Nintendo 3DS why would they pay $299 for Vita?” Hall asked. “People don’t want to carry more than one thing in their pocket, that’s why Android and iPhone have done so well, they are the devices of choice, they offer multiple functions outside of gaming.”
“With all due respects to Sony and Vita, it’s a car wreck. And how about Xperia Play? I’d love to pull up the numbers on that,” Seymour added.
Hall continued: “The technology is sweet, I’m a huge fan of mobile technology, but I just don’t know there’s a market out there anymore for the hardware. I can’t see why you would want to put a device out that only does games.
“The consumer has spoken. We wanted to see that world exist – more players, more opportunities for us, but at the same time people don’t want that. Unless there’s a super technology paradigm shift it’s not going to shift back.”
It’s a debate that’s been back and forth for months now, and was recently reignited by the 3DS price cut. It certainly seems that Vita will be fighting an uphill battle when it comes to Japan later this year and EU/US in early 2012.