Sony Talks Vita/PS3 Competition with Wii U
A post on Engadget from yesterday reports that John Koller, Sony America’s VP of Marketing, is boasting about the fact that the Vita and PlayStation 3 can easily do what the Wii U has as its main selling point—namely, touchscreen and analogue input control. According to Koller, nearly every PlayStation Vita owner also owns a PlayStation 3, meaning that implementing Wii U style functionality would be a snap for Sony:
“We tell our PlayStation fans all the time that what the Wii U is offering is something that Vita and PS3 can do quite easily. […] It’s dependent on the content. So we need to make sure the content isn’t force fed. And, to us, making sure that the gamer receives the right type of experience is what’s most important. So we’re gonna pick our spots, but that technology does certainly exist here.”
Well, gee. If it’s so easy, why can I still not browse my PS3 with the Vita? I can stream the PS3 to the Vita…but the TV goes dark when I do that. If it’s so easy, why haven’t you done it?
Here’s the thing—saying, “oh, I can do that, I just don’t want to,” sounds totally stupid. The Wii U will give you what Sony says it can do right out of the box for two-thirds the price. Nintendo’s basic console will cost $300. Buying a PS3 console and a Vita console will run, at minimum, $500. So if you can do it, why don’t you just freakin’ do it?
Am I way off base here? Is controlling the PS3—doing more than just playing a handful of games with the Vita, but also just browsing the console’s UI, controlling movie and media playback, things like that—something you want out of your Vita? I think that would be totally cool! And hearing Koller talk about how easy it would be to do—but that they just, like, don’t want to right now, man—really gets my goat. What do you think?