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Sony’s Shu Yoshida Talks Vita, PSP Lessons, And Nintendo

GameInformer: What would you say is the most important thing Sony learned from the original PSP?

Shu Yoshida: There are many lessons we have learned, but if you ask me to pick one lesson… Before the launch, as far as the hardware goes we didn’t put enough resources in the hardware to allow us to develop games that are unique to the PSP compared to home consoles. We had many products on PSP, but most of these games like God of War [Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparda] came from the console. Basically, you can play a bigger, better version of these titles on PS3. So pre-launch of PSP we were too happy with having the basic capability of PS2-class games to play on PSP, in terms of the screen and CPU/GPU.

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Akiba962618d ago (Edited 2618d ago )

From what I've read in interviews and heard on podcast BEYOND! (Sorry, bout that) Shuhei is a really awesome guy. He seems so down to earth and you can tell he is giving honest answers. I'm glad he's the president of Sony world wide studios.

The Great Melon2618d ago (Edited 2618d ago )

Indeed, I just came from the article where he was interviewed by Gamespot and was thoroughly impressed by with how handled everything. Listening to him really gives me confidence in Sony and their plans.

miyamoto2617d ago

Did anyone notice the RESPECT between Japanese rivals?

This is the kind of respect between Japanese companies like Nintendo, Sega, NEC and Sony since the dawn of the video game era. They may be cutthroat rivals but you will notice the amount of code of honor and respect between them.

Do Western companies show this kind of respect with each other or in particular the Japanese as far as main stream gaming public relations & media are concerned?

There are two kinds of arrogance in this world Japanese arrogance and American arrogance. And you guys can tell the difference. Some American gaming companies does not practice this kind of code of honor - they fight dirty- through lies and deceit. That is a no no in Japanese culture.

This is why the Japanese giants must rule the industry along with the Western giants to keep the industry in check and balance.

majiebeast2618d ago (Edited 2618d ago )

Great interview and he stayed respectfull against Nintendo even with the horrible addon and pricecut.

Looks like they have some great plans for vita, especially on the gaming side of things.

banjadude2618d ago (Edited 2618d ago )

What a humble/insightful man. I always liked Yoshida-san; him and "Jackie T", lol.

WooHooAlex2618d ago

Sony needs new faces to take the stage at E3, their presentation is getting kind of bland. Whenever they're set to unveil the PS4, they really should have Yoshida up there.
He seems like a really cool guy.

MasterCornholio2618d ago

" I like to see healthy competition between Nintendo’s system and ours because it helps innovation. It’s always a good thing to have."

I pretty much agree with him here. When Sony announced the Vita at 250 euros Nintendo realized that in order to remain competitive they had to drop the price so they did. Then Nintendo saw that having 2 sticks is a great feature to have so they designed an extra circle pad accessory in order to match the vita in terms of controls.

Sony received several lessons from Nintendo as well. The number one thing that they learned from them was how not to launch a handheld. One of the biggest mistakes that Nintendo made with the 3DS was releasing it with a poor selection of games at launch and a terrible launch window. Thankfully Sony will do the opposite and provide an incredible selection of games at launch with many more to come.

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