Speaking to Gamesindustry.biz, Crytek Managing Director Cervat Yerli stated that Crytek has no plans to develop on the PlayStation Vita, and claimed that, when compared to tablets, traditional, dedicated handhelds are "losing ground".
"While it's a nice achievement from Sony in the first step," he said, "it's not something we would take into consideration in the short term."
Yerli said that the consumers now want more from handheld devices.
"I can see that the multifunctions that devices like tablets offer is a big advantage of them. And I think people want one mobile device that can do multiple things," he said.
"Considering this, I think those handhelds are lacking in that area and they are losing ground, actually. I think they have to be more innovative."
It's worth noting that Yerli's dismissal of the Vita is hardly a snub, since Crytek are not known for handheld development. That said, there seems to be a sea change in developers' attitudes towards dedicated handhelds. The quick decline of the 3DS, as well as a rapidly growing mobile market, appears to have many developers questioning the wisdom of pouring resources into consoles like the Vita and the 3DS.
The PlayStation Vita, which is more of a convergence device than the 3DS, may be a good test of where dedicated handhelds are at with the general public.
Crytek: Dedicated handheld consoles "losing ground" to tablets [Gamesindustry.biz]