Microsoft’s chief operating officer, Dennis Durkin has predicted difficulties for Sony’s new handheld, the PlayStation Vita, while at the same time talking up the Xbox 360.
Speaking in an interview with Industry Gamers, Durkin said that he feels now is not the time to be releasing a new handheld, especially since the 3DS has not been as well received as expected.
“I’m not sure I would want to be launching a dedicated portable device right now into that market,” said Durkin. “If you look at the 3DS, certainly versus people’s expectation’s it’s not been as successful as people would have thought. So that’s a very crowded market and a very, very red ocean right now with a lot of change happening. So I’m not sure it’s [a good idea.]”
“You only have a certain number of bets you can make as a company and you have to decide what you want to put your wood behind and I’m just not sure that that’s a place that I would put mine.”
That’s being said and perhaps more surprisingly, Durkin was far more positive about the Xbox 360 and its place in the market.
“I feel very good about our relative position relative to both of our competitors. I certainly wouldn’t want to trade hands with either of them.”
So what do you think? Is Sony wrong to release the PS Vita into an “very crowded market”? We are certainly excited for the handheld and can’t wait for it to get here, so though it seems are indifferent.