Gamescom 2012: Sony Europe boss says Nintendo 'is always a competitor'
- Posted August 17th, 2012 at 05:57 EDT by Mike Harradence
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Sony and Nintendo could conceivably clash in the future despite the fact that both companies are no longer in direct competition with each other in the handheld space, says Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) chief, Jim Ryan.
Chatting with CVG at Gamescom this week, Ryan noted that while 3DS and PlayStation Vita are currently “very different propositions,” he feels a shift to a younger demographic would mean both systems could collide later down the lilne.
“I think the gaming offerings [of 3DS and Vita] are so different right now that I think there’s plenty of space for both systems to live side by side quite happily," he said.
With the rise of smartphones in recent years, many have questioned the longevity of dedicated gaming handhelds like the 3DS and PS Vita. Many industry commentators feel both systems will fail to match the success of their predecessors with Apple and Google muscling in on their marketshare.
“I think over time that the PlayStation Vita will – like all consoles – skew to a younger demographic, so there will be some collision there,” added Ryan.
Sony showed off a slew of PS Vita titles at Gamescom this week, including the first footage of Killzone Mercenary and Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, plus new IP Tearaway from Media Molecule.
And, while some have called for a price cut, Sony has made it clear that it’s too early to lower the price of its new handheld, so don’t expect it to happen this year.
- 9:05pm EDT - August 19th, 2012
BS. Phones are no replacement for a true portable. there are maybe a dozen games that offer the depth of a game from a dedicated portable device like the 3DS or the Vita. Phones are devices that everyone needs and use because of their convienience but that doesnt make them game machines. they generally have horrible controls and focus on free or .99 cent games. That doesnt replace a person's desire for a game with a story or deeper controls. A parent might put their phone in a kid's hands to keep them busy but that kid might be kept just as busy or more so with a 3DS or a Vita as long as it has the game they want to play. As for Sony and Nintendo being competitors? the only place they're still competing is in the handheld market since the Wii was still nothing more than a fancy gamecube and they're entering the current generation 6 years late.