Publishing giant EA hasn’t weighed in on the handheld wars as much as you might think they would, but if recent comments by games label boss Frank Gibeau are anything to go by it would seem that the company is betting on Sony’s PS Vita to overcome the troubled market.
“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,” Gibeau told CVG.
“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.”
Sony’s Gamescom press conference came with more announcements of social services like Twitter last week. But it isn’t just social software that the system is depending on; games need to be present to give it the edge over the 3DS. “I don’t think they’re quite in the same boat as the 3DS,” Gibeau continued, “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.
“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.”