Bossa Studios head Henrique Olifiers has said that he believes the Vita will suffer from “a horrible premature death” due to its walled garden where you can’t play against people on non-PlayStation hardware.
He told VideoGamer.com:
I hate the fact you cannot play a game on the PS3 against the same game on the 360 or PC. Walled gardens in a world where people are freely connected all the time is just a dumb idea that limits what is achievable.
Valve is bang on: proprietary stuff is madness, we should be moving to more open platforms, to interoperability, bringing everyone together. If this is not the motto for the big console manufacturers, not only will we not be there – they’re likely to die a horrible premature death, the kind of which I think the Vita will suffer from.
Olifiers had equally kind words for the next gen:
We’ll keep on the lookout to see what the next gen will bring, but if they want more focus on tech specs rather than usability and accessibility, I don’t think it will be for us.
Of course, as far as games consoles go, the Vita is remarkably open, and can play with the PS3.
Interestingly, Bossa Studios’ best known game Monstermind is available on Facebook – with players only able to play other Facebook gamers. In September, Google exec Vint Cerf called Facebook “a closed walled garden”, criticizing its lack of openness.
The Last Guardian executive producer Yoshifusa Hayama joined Bossa Studios earlier this month.