Shigeru Miyamoto criticises PlayStation Vita
- Posted May 4th, 2012 at 07:03 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 10 Comments
Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto has said that although PlayStation Vita boasts some impressive horse power, he hasn't seen enough to convince him it's a very strong product.
Quizzed by EDGE as to what he thought about Sony’s new handheld, the Mario and Donkey Kong creator replied: “I think I really can’t say.”
"It's obviously a very hi-spec machine and you can do lots of things with it, but I don't really see the combination of software and hardware that really makes a very strong product," he added. "But I can't really say"
“I’m not looking at Vita as happy that it’s not selling well, or scared that it would sell well – I’m not looking at Vita that way,” he concluded.
Agree or disagree with Miyamoto's comments, readers? Let us know in the comments section below.
- 8:11am EDT - May 4th, 2012
He would say that wouldn't he. No offence but it's a bit like a Nissan salesperson telling a potential customer that our cars aren't very good but if I were you there's a Mercedes showroom up the road that has much better cars. It's not going to happen.
If the Vita had a Nintendo badge on it he would shouting from the rooftops saying how amazing it is. He is right about the lack of software for the hardware but come on it's only been out 2 minutes.
It's too early to assess the Vita yet. If this time next year it's in the same situation or worse then fair enough. By the way I don't own a Vita.
Ghost-Rhayne | Ghost-Rhayne
- 8:19am EDT - May 4th, 2012
s if he would say "Ohh yes, the Vita is an excellent handheld that has better specs and tech than our handheld, and I see it having a very bright future".
When the Vita's price drops and there are more games and it has improved functionality via FW updates, then we will see. Sony themselves said they will judge Vita's success in 1.5-3 years. Time will tell how Sony's new baby fairs.
Scarl | Scarl
- 8:22am EDT - May 4th, 2012
The "criticism" was pretty mild... even a stretch in the article.
I haven't bought a Vita yet, but it with XSEED bringing games, Resident Evil selling like hotcakes in Japan, and Persona 4 in the pipe, it won't be long before I do. :-)
BNPeanuts | BN_Peanuts
- 9:23am EDT - May 4th, 2012
It has no games, it's literally the only problem. I own a Vita and it's amazing, but there's no lengthy RPG experience or any particularly strong game. It's just waiting for games and PS1 support.
- 9:29am EDT - May 4th, 2012
higeru? More like Shegayru! Go make some more cutesie games with flowers and mushrooms!
- 11:40am EDT - May 4th, 2012
Ehh, I hardly concern myself with the view of a guy who's been behind nintendo 1000% since the 80's on systems that rival what he's working on. It'd be like asking a sony exec what he thought of the 3DS a few months after it's release... you know... when it was sitting on shelves, lacked solid titles and analysts were screaming for a price cut... yeah...
Wolfdre | Wolfdre
- 12:15pm EDT - May 4th, 2012
There are many legal guidelines someone in his position must follow.
Don't expect straight criticism from someone acting as the face of a corporation.
Nintendo has been successful in they're cutesy, mild media buzz venture and that is all that matters.
Sony and Nintendo will always follow different business models otherwise there would be no competition or reason for consumers to choose one over the other.
At this point in time the hype about the Vita before launch still isn't justified by the launch releases. That being said it was still one of Sony's strongest in their time involved with this industry.
I believe the biggest factor against them here is simply "sign of the times" so to speak.
With the rise in Smart Phone and other various digital technology we as consumers require more variety in digital products for consumption. If Developers and Sony cant keep up with the demand for more consumers will simply gravitate towards a device that will satisfy their "Second to Second" fix for whatever it may be.
Sony's over the top marketing campaign will do the most damage to their product. Especially in these times where there is little-to-no public interest in it.
(For the record i pre-ordered the FEB bundle... I was also one of the few who pre-ordered the PSP-Go. At this point would i risk throwing more money at "Playstation" brand products before a "test-drive" ?!?!?)
The title is very misleading for the article. Anything for views i suppose.
-Wolfdre (PSN ID)
- 2:37pm EDT - May 4th, 2012
I like how you guys cite the Edge article, but leave out what Miyamoto actually says.
In the actual article, Shigeru praises the Vita's hardware, but says it needs more compelling games. He even compares the Vita's launch to the 3DS launch, which was a disaster for Nintendo because the 3DS also didn't have enough good compelling games to entice customers.
- 8:33pm EDT - May 4th, 2012
3 and @8 Good points.
Yeah I mean...this wasn't that bad at all. When I first made a PSU account I thought I remembered them saying something about them aving a policy against fueling the console flame wars? Clearly from this article that's a lie. If you go to the article #8 posted, it clearly shows Miyamoto is willing to praise his competition which in and of itself is respectable (legitimate comments or not).
And if PSU calls this weak sauce "criticism", then they should at least have the decency to make it known in the title that he praises the Vita as well.
lordAlucard | sympozium_666
- 8:32am EDT - May 5th, 2012
I agree with Miyamoto, the software just hasn't been there for the Vita at the moment.
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