Nintendo legend and video game industry icon Shigeru Miyamoto has come out strongly against Sony’s new portable video game console. He said in a recent interview that the problem with the PlayStation Vita isn’t that it’s a poorly constructed device, but rather that it just isn’t being executed properly. Nintendo certainly isn’t one to suggest handheld game systems are on the way out, but there is a right way and a wrong way to do it.
When asked about the Vita, he was quoted as saying, “It’s obviously a very hi-spec machine and you can do lots of things with it, but I don’t really see the combination of software and hardware that really makes a very strong product. But I can’t really say.” He tried to say that these comments aren’t coming out of a place of being a competitor, because he doesn’t look at the Vita as a threat to the 3DS.
“I’m not looking at Vita as happy that it’s not selling well, or scared that it would sell well – I’m not looking at Vita that way,” Miyamoto said. This is the same kind of argument that was heard from media and analysts everywhere when the PS3 first launched – that it was a powerful system but didn’t meet the basic needs of a video game system, addicting games. Vita sales have been poor so far, but we’ll see if Sony can turn that around.