Nintendo was under the spotlight at this year’s E3 with their new Wii U, a console that works together with its handheld-like controller to produce unique gameplay experiences. While a lot of the crowd was skeptical (including me), there’s no denying that it’ll offer new possibilities, and with the right support can be truly innovative. However, the development kings at Naughty Dog seems to think that the Wii U isn’t the only platform that will be able to offer handheld-to-console gameplay.
In a recent interview, Naughty Dog’s Game Director, Justin Richmond was asked what he thought of Nintendo’s upcoming console, the Wii U. He wasn’t too impressed and, if anything, he thinks that Sony’s platforms are capable of the same technology. He stated:
To be honest with you, the idea of it is very, very cool. But there’s nothing that the Wii U has that the Vita and PS3 doesn’t.
Sony still hasn’t announced the PlayStation 4, but it’s definitely near. I’m convinced that Sony is looking into offering gameplay that merges both the upcoming Vita and PS4, if not the current PS3. The price point to experience this type of gameplay is going to be a big hurdle for both companies, but if people truly enjoy the style, then it isn’t worth chancing it and ending up behind the curve like what happened with motion gaming. Most of all, if Sony is able to produce the same effect, then they’ll have the upper hand since the Vita is actually portable and has two touchscreens, while the PS3 and possibly the PS4 offer Blu-Ray.