For the past weeks the Nintendo 3DS has been having really important problems and some people are already referring to it as a failure. Only a few months after officially launching the system, Nintendo decided to cut its price significantly as a way of encouraging sales. Now, many analysts are indicating that these facts are a sign that people are uninterested in hardware that’s specifically designed to just play really expensive games. Also, people who own the system have to carry around another portable device in their bags or pockets, while they could easily buy an iPad or iPhone and play cheaper instead.
Now, while Nintendo has to focus on releasing more games for the holiday season, some experts are predicting that Sony may have a similar fate when the company launches their new portable system: the PlayStation Vita. Lyle Hall and Mathew Seymour who work at Heavy Iron Studios think the handheld will definitely face some tough times.
Hall told to GamesIndustry.biz (this was also confirmed by Gamespot that “If people aren’t willing to pay $249 for a Nintendo 3DS, why would they pay $299 for Vita?” and he went on to say that “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.” Seymour was even harsher and stated that “With all due respect to Sony and Vita, it’s a car wreck.”
For those of you who don’t know, Heavy Iron Studios is a video game developer, based in Los Angeles, California. The company was owned by THQ, until it became independent in 2009. Heavy Iron Studios has developed games such as: The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E and UFC Personal Trainer.
The PS Vita’s future remains uncertain and even though it has the potential to be an awesome handheld system Hall does make an interesting point. Still, the console has refreshingly new touchscreen controls, dual analog sticks, it supports both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and it’ll feature a very powerful graphics processing unit. The list of announced games also seems quite strong, but how people will react to it remains to be seen.