Some people question whether dedicated gaming devices like the 3DS or Vita can find audiences when the iPhone and Android handsets offer games experiences and so much more. Sony CEO Andrew House's answer? "Look at Nintendo!"
In an piece at Gamasutra, House says that the impressive sales numbers notched by the 3DS prove that people will still buy a gadget that's built exclusively for gaming:
"I think that shows that there is, in general, a lot of demand for a gaming primary portable device, which is how I would describe Vita."
House goes on to the say that his company's upcoming handheld will have "much more to offer". Like two sticks.
Of course, the 3DS' launch was a rocky one, hampered by a prohibitive price and limp launch library. Nintendo's 3D wonder only found its momentum after a giant price drop, followed by games from its A-list first-party franchises. The Vita's launching at the same price the 3DS did but with, in my opinion, a much stronger software offering. We'll see how they fare when the device debuts in the US and Australia next month.