Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Microsoft’s Skeptical About PS Vita

While most of the industry’s hailing Sony’s new handheld, PS Vita as having a bright future, Microsoft’s Xbox COO Dennis Durkin has expressed doubts about the mobile console, saying he’s not too sure the market is calling for such a device.

“I’m not sure I would want to be launching a dedicated portable device right now into that market,” he told Industry Gamers in a recent interview.

“I think the DS – 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.””

This comes in tandem with id Software’s John Carmack’s take, saying he’d hate to be the executive making the decision to release a portable console in this market.

“I wouldn’t want to be the executive making the decision to launch a new portable gaming machine in the post-smartphone world,” he told Gamespot, before saying Vita’s currently impressive hardware is “going to look pretty pokey” in a year or two after launch.

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  • ExclusivesMostly

    Didn’t we all say the same thing about the nintendo Wii?

  • Ernice Gilbert

    Indeed, bro. PS Vita, I think, will be stupidly successful.

  • nick

    of course its going to look pretty poky in a few years time, thats hardware for ya!
    you cant let that stop you from releasing something, otherwise your never going to get a single thing out!
    what there forgetting is smart phones dont have buttons, they rely on motion controls and touch controls.
    they dont offer the advanced graphics, and integration to current consoles.
    theres a massive market out there for a portable machine, even several.
    if they market it well, and have heaps of games ready for launch, and a strong influx of games shortly after they will be fine.
    3DS has not been as well adopted as expected simply because blowing chunks on the chick your trying to pick up on the train on the way to work is not exactly the best way.
    and wheres the games for it?

  • Ernice Gilbert

    Agreed with you Nick. It didn’t stop them from releasing Xbox 360 did it? The “old” and outdated hardware he’s talking of.

  • nick

    of course not, it cant.
    otherwise you end up with NDF.
    never good enough, they kept on redoing the game with a new engine and look how that turned out!
    cant compare it to consoles though because there you can afford to reach a little further, but with handhelds you cant.
    consoles are normally 3 or so years ahead of PC widely available tech.
    like the cell be in the ps3, thats comparable to a I7 which released 08 if i remember right, ps3 released 06 so theres a 2 year gap there.
    handhelds though because of size and cost restrictions you cant reach that far ahead,
    id be surprised if the tech in the psv is not outdated by 2012, but thats not the point.
    as i said if your only going to release something if the tech stays relevant for several years, then your never going to release a thing!
    a year is a eternity in the silicon game!

  • Ernice Gilbert

    Indeed. I’m buying Vita day one.