EA Labels president Frank Gibeau has stated that he feels the PlayStation Vita has a lot better chance of succeeding than the Nintendo 3DS.
Speaking in a recent interview with CVG, the former EA Games boss predicted that Sony may just have got it right this time, thanks to its combination of unique hardware and features.
“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.
“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.”
In addition to what he said above, Gubeau also thinks Sony’s software line-up is pretty strong, something he feels which sets it apart from the 3DS.
“I don’t think they’re quite in the same boat as the 3DS… 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,” he said.
“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.”
Sony certainly seems to be doing all it can to support its new handheld, let’s just hope it succeeds because from what we have seen so far it’s a pretty special device.