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Sony is confident that the forthcoming PS Vita will win the hearts of core gamers, stating: "If you care about games, you're going to want a Vita."

At last week's Develop in Liverpool conference, spoke to Michael Denny, senior vice president, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, Europe, to discuss his hopes for the new handheld.

"Our mission, our vision, is that we now have a portable gaming system that is going to be massively appealing to gamers – initially core gamers, but then a wider sense of gamers going forward," he said.

"We have to concentrate on our plans and make sure we supply the right games, the right experience, the right software, and the right social connectivity for the platform. I believe if you care about games you're going to want a Vita."

Denny wouldn't be drawn on whether Sony perceives iOS to be a bigger rival to Vita than the 3DS, but he did acknowledge the competition that the new console will face.

"We have to acknowledge that we're coming into a very competitive landscape in the portable, mobile gaming market," he said. "But I think the main thing for us is that we are a true next-gen platform. We are going to truly differentiate ourselves from the competition, so people who do care about the gaming - who want a deeper, richer, more immersive experience with their gaming – are going to absolutely love this device.

"It's been built from the ground up with creative games developers in mind as well, to give a hardware feature set that we think is unrivalled. With the launch line-up that we have as well, we feel it will be compelling to gamers everywhere."

PS Vita launches in Europe on February 22.

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Wido's Avatar


I'm pretty sold on a PS Vita because of Uncharted Golden Abyss looks fantastic. I won't be getting on day one release as of certain games will be releasing when the Vita launches here.

I hope VG will be doing a full in-depth article of some sort of the PS Vita or review perhaps on the machine? I hardly know anything about the specs and etc, and reading Pb's post about the memory cards. I am slightly worried that the expense to get the overall package of the Vita will be a high one.
Posted 06:53 on 30 November 2011
clangod's Avatar


I stopped playing handhelds after tiring of the PSP.

My lifestyle used to involve a fair bit of travel. These days between work and home I'm using PC or consoles.

I won't buy a Vita anytime soon. Nor any other handheld device.

For the money, I'm better off spending on the major platforms.
Posted 06:46 on 30 November 2011
BC_Animus's Avatar


I'm a fan of Sony's, I really am. Sony always make AMAZING quality hardware, and they utilize some pretty amazing revolutionary ideas and concepts in their tech... but, the problem is everything else they do is lacking.

It really annoy the crap outta me whenever they release new hardware. They'd launch it with rubbish marketing, software, firmware, online, customer support, et cetera - and then they'd stop developing it before it could become established. Foresight and planning isn't their strong point unfortunately, and sadly they show no signs of changing.

I have been burned way too many times by Sony. But, having said that, I'm still planning on picking up a Vita. I was gonna give it a miss, but the announcement of 'Final Fantasy X' and 'ZOE Collection' kinda sold me on the system.

In anycase, you can never have too many paper weights no?
Posted 04:44 on 30 November 2011
Woffls's Avatar


I might actually pick one up if I end up commuting 2 hours a day, which is looking likely. But only because I'll need two platforms worth of games to sink my time into... or Pokémon... yeah, I'll just buy more copies of Pokémon for DS.
Posted 16:15 on 29 November 2011
draytone's Avatar


I don't commute anymore, so I won't be picking one up. The price of Sony hardware always puts me off anyway.
Posted 15:54 on 29 November 2011
Bloodstorm's Avatar


I care about games but i care more about price.
Posted 15:54 on 29 November 2011


and if Sony cared about gamers then they wouldn't have provided a specialised memory card that will end up costing £80 at launch.

I'll get a Vita, but getting my PSP games on it AND having space for download Vita games will be costly thanks to Sony refusing to use SDHC cards or even Pro Duo over their own cards.
Posted 15:52 on 29 November 2011
dav2612's Avatar


I want a Vita. Of course I'm in no position to buy one and therefore I won't be doing so but I still want one which I'm sure will be of great relief to Sony.
Posted 15:25 on 29 November 2011
munkee's Avatar


I care about games! *raises hand in the air*
Posted 15:20 on 29 November 2011
Woffls's Avatar


"true next-gen platform"

Have I woken up in 2006?
Posted 13:16 on 29 November 2011
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