E3 2011: Is Sony's Focus On Vita A Sign Of The Future?
I think we all knew Sony's new portable would be a major highlight during the company's E3 presentation.
But I was a little surprised at the amount of time spent on this new handheld unit. Heck, they essentially closed their conference with a ton of Vita-related details and games, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, after seeing the Wii U revealed and checking out some recent statistics, I realized the gaming landscape, market and atmosphere is changing faster than we might've imagined.
Everything is getting smaller and it's as if everything has to be mobile, too. Considering that we can have a gigantic amount of power in the palm of our hands these days, and everyone is playing games on their cell phones, perhaps this switch is inevitable. Maybe that Vita focus is a prophecy. While I don't see portable gaming replacing standard console gaming on a TV any time soon, the emergence of certain new technologies has made me think. For a while, I was going, "is the Vita that big of a deal?" And then I looked around, realized I'm sort of a dinosaur and realized that, "yup, it is."
By the way, I managed to pull off the ultimate gaming contrast. It struck me as I was watching Vita during Sony's conference: I took out the original GameBoy (that's right, the big ol' gray thing) and started playing Super Mario Land 2. No, I'm not kidding. For whatever reason, I wanted to experience the single biggest handheld contrast in video game history. Come on. Tell me that isn't awesome.
6/8/2011 9:04:34 PM Ben Dutka