Sony Says Nintendo Is Always A Competitor

With the announcement that a future software update will allow the Vita to become a controller for the PS3 (similar to the Wii U Gamepad), Sony also admitted that Nintendo will always be a competitor.  However, Jim Ryan, Chief Executive of PlayStation, also stated that the DS and Vita are two different devices that can live in harmony, side by side.

“I think the gaming offerings of 3DS and Vita are so different right now that I think there’s plenty of space for both systems to live side by side quite happily.”

“I think over time that the PlayStation Vita will – like all consoles to – skew to a younger demographic, so there will be some collision there.”

Now, Jim Ryan seems to be directing most of his focus on the Ds/Vita aspect of the business, but it is obvious that Sony is trying to use the Vita as an all around device to be used with the PS3, but is it too soon?  Either way, of the big three, only Sony and Nintendo have handhelds, so it is obvious that Nintendo will always be competition with Sony, at least until/if Microsoft releases one.

If you missed the story on the Vita/PS3 marriage, click here.

Do you think that Sony has jumped the gun with their software update, or do you think that their use of the Vita as a PS3 controller was a smart move?  What about their thoughts on living in harmony with the 3DS for the time being, are they just trying to ease their minds, or hide their downfalls?

16 Responses to Sony Says Nintendo Is Always A Competitor

  1. Awol says:

    Why couldn’t it control the PS3 out of the box? Dumb move. Why was this omitted from launch? It’s twenty-ffkkn-twelve.

  2. Yorcho says:

    Hi guys, the link to the story of the “marriage of the Vita/PS3” doesn´t work…

  3. Twiilight_Prince says:

    Did Sony imply 3DS is for kids?

  4. Essel Pratt says:

    Yorcho, Thank you for pointing that out. The link should be working now.

  5. SCEThumper says:

    I think its just funny that Sony thinks 249.99 ps3 + 249.99 vita + 29.99 4gig memory card for vita which is all last Gen is = 530 bucks is a completion to Wii U which is 5x more powerful and will be estamated 300.00 price Sony you lost the amount of bugs that will pop up with your idea will be the laughing stock of the industry. Wii U was built for dual screen your adding it in 7 years too late I’ll stick with the big N

  6. Hitokiri_Ace says:

    It’ll be cool, but technologically speaking.. it will be inferior to the WiiU. The PSVita/PS3 can use bluetooth for controlling games.. but to stream live visual data to the Vita, it would have to be done over WiFi. Which is fine and all, but it just won’t have the sheer data throughput that a dedicated transmitter designed for high bandwidth applications can deliver.

    Just my 2 cents. It’ll be cool, sure. It won’t be as good though. Same kinda issue will plague the Microsoft Surface, thingy too.

  7. Hitokiri_Ace says:

    I forgot to mention, but less than nominal data throughput for something like this will result in
    A: Lag, of somewhere arond 1/2-1 second probably.
    B: Have non-active map data, that doesn’t refresh to often.
    C: I’m completely wrong and it will be perfect, but still to expensive a venue to compete.

  8. Beer here says:

    I’ve been saying that nintendo should have done this with the DS for awhile now. I think Nintendo dropped the ball on that one.

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