Heavy Iron Studios’, Lyle Hall and Matthew Seymour have come out and told GamesIndustryBiz that Sony will be launching the PlayStation Vita into a market that has fundamentally changed since the success of mobile devices. Both Hall and Seymour believe the handheld is over-priced and that is likely headed for a costly and doomed launch.
The pair furthermore noted the Nintendo 3DS price drama and reckon consumers have already made it clear that they are no longer willing to pay for devices that only do one thing.
“If people aren’t willing to pay $249 for a Nintendo 3DS why would they pay $299 for Vita? 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 offers multiple functions outside of gaming,” said Hall.
Ex 2K Games and Microsoft veteran, Seymour said, “With all due respects to Sony and Vita, it’s a car wreck. And how about Xperia Play? I’d love to pull up the numbers on that.”
Nintendo’s 3DS could have been hampered due to the bad global economic climate, the lack of games at launch and its bullish price-tag; but surely smartphone gaming and tablets could have heavily contributed to its noted poor sales? Or are handheld consoles a dying breed?