Strong words and arguments over the Sony NGP
, Nintendo 3DS
and the rise of smartphone gaming these past few days, amid disagreements over the direction in which the games industry is moving. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata led the charge, taking to the GDC 2011 stage and decrying smartphone games
as not only lower quality but threatening "the high value of software." Meanwhile, Sony has said that
the NGP is "not going to run at 2 GHz because the battery would last five minutes... and it would probably set fire to your pants" but that it sits "halfway" between the original PSP and the PS3, a chase for speed and hardware that some game developers predict will see it "dead on arrival."