After today’s announcement of the 3D successor of the Nintendo DS, many are wondering if Sony, a staunch supporter of 3D, would follow suit and bring the tech to the PSP or its successor. However, despite Sony’s 3D push, it seems 3D wont be making its way onto the PSP anytime soon.
Analysts chimed in today after the announcement of the Nintendo 3DS, claiming that they fully expect Sony to announce a new PSP this Spring, in an attempt to counter Nintendo’s next entry into the handheld market. A market Nintendo has dominated since it released the Game Boy back in 1989.
Sony has been promoting 3D as the next big thing for a long time, so of course Sony would want to bring that tech to all of their devices, including the PSP. Right? Wrong!
According to SCEA’s Director of Hardware and Marketing, John Koller, we won’t be playing any 3D games on the PSP anytime soon. During an interview today, Koller said that their focus on 3D “right now” is on the PS3. He continued:
“There’s a tremendous amount of opportunity on PlayStation 3 with 3D. The amount of interest in 3D from the retail side and game publishers is off the charts. We know we have a hit with 3D on PS3 and we’re going to concentrate our efforts there.”
Koller also thinks that Nintendo might be putting their 3D efforts into the wrong market with the Nintendo 3DS:
“Having been in the portable space for quite awhile, I think it’s an interesting move but one I’d like to see where they go from a demographic standpoint. 8 and 9 year olds playing 3D is a little bit of a stretch given where some of our research is right now.”