news\ Jun 19, 2012 at 11:17 am

The Vita is special too, cries Sony

Kaz Hirai introducing the PS Vita

Poor PlayStation Vita, released worldwide just a few months ago and people are already willing to write it off as a failure. With the Wii U coming out and tablets dominating the mobile gaming scene, it's easy to project doom and gloom reports for Vita. One person not ready to throw in the towel is Sony's Scott Rohde who actually believes the Vita's connectivity with the PlayStation 3 offers a better solution to multi-screen gaming than any other console on or coming to the market - including the Wii U.

I know, Nintendo has prided itself on the Wii U GamePad, the system's tablet controller that looks to provide an entirely new way gamers interact with the game and each other. But that doesn't mean the Vita can't do equally special things - even better than the Wii U - argues Rohde.

"Because we have the Vita, I think we can do a lot of special things," the Worldwide Studios vice president told GamesIndustry.

“And remember, that Wii U tablet doesn’t have a processor in it, so it’s got to be fueled by that box sitting under your TV," he added. “We can do some pretty special things that you’ll start to see on the floor this year and you’ll see more over the upcoming months about what you can do when you actually have a processor in the thing that’s in your hand as well.”

The big emphasis was on the Vita's cross-platform compatibility with the PlayStation 3. Not only can you take your gaming experience on-the-go, away from the console, but you can even cross-play.

“When you start to see how you can cross over between the two platforms – look at two of the titles that are here at E3, PlayStation All-Stars and Sly 4, for example,” he said.  “Both available on Vita and PS3, and there’s some sort of interactivity across the board. Developers are interested in that kind of stuff.”

Latest reports, as of May, put the Vita at 1.8 million unit sold worldwide.


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