During CES 2012, Sony’s Andrew House, SCE President and CEO, spoke about the future of the PS Vita and its international launch in February. That’s due on February 22nd.
The full interview is in the video above, but there’s a series of quotes in the discussion that connect the 3DS’ current success to the future success of the PS Vita. Here’s House:
“The sales of the 3DS, having the advantage of releasing a little bit ahead of us, have been exceedingly good. I think that shows that there is, in general, a lot of demand for a gaming primary portable device, which is how I would describe Vita…
…Our device, in contrast, just has so much more to offer.”
Here is, in my opinion, the money quote that suggests there is more to life than casual gaming on mobile devices.
“What I think we’ve done is point to a market that has really started out with potentially casual games on other devices, but now wants a deeper or better or more premier gaming experience.”
For every pick up and play game that’s just as easy to put down and ignore, Sony and Nintendo have released (or will soon be releasing) devices that aim to create reason for longer playing sessions by more dedicated gamers. Yes, phone games have their place in the land of ease and non-commitment, but, as House says, premier experiences won’t be found on smartphones.
Speaking with a heavy bias in favor of gaming devices, as I found myself writing about and playing them constantly, I agree with Sony’s stance here. There’s more to gaming than quick plays in the doctor’s office or while waiting for your Chinese food. It’s for that reason that I always buy and use portable gaming systems.
I may be asking the wrong crowd here, but would you rather game on your phones or on a device like the PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS?
[via PlayStation Blog]