Submitted by JoelT 1147d ago | opinion piece

Are Developers and Publishers Ignoring the Vita’s Potential in Favor of Wii U?

Joel Taveras writes, "“We’re going to wait and see.” That’s been a common response that I’ve run into whenever the name PlayStation Vita comes up in conversation with anyone outside of Sony. Is it good business sense? Sure, whenever you’re talking about new hardware you always run the risk of things not working out as planned, and for that very reason third party developers can’t always justify jumping in blindly based on Sony’s good graces.
On the other hand though, why are those same developers already banking on “innovative” Wii U ideas with little, but more often zero, mention of the Vita?" (Industry, PS Vita, THQ, Ubisoft, Wii U)

ChickeyCantor  +   1147d ago
They probably are to a large extend.

Considering the fact a Vita is not out of the box. Therefor a larger development risk should be considered.
#1 (Edited 1147d ago ) | Agree(8) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
sikbeta  +   1147d ago
Wii-u = Console with tablet controller included in every box

Vita = handheld system not tied to any home console, compatibility with PS3/PS3 can be done, but it's not included in the PS3 box and it'll not be included with the PS4 as well, so there is no point for devs to try to achieve the same stuff they can do with the Wii-U
dark-hollow  +   1147d ago
People have to to consider that wii u all around is built to utilize the tablet feature while the ps3 vita combo aren't.

Every wii u owner will have that controller, but not every ps3 owner have a vita which limit the market for those games.

Never mind the fact that this combo cost 500$ and if you want a ps3 and vita get them for their own games but don't hold your breath for more vita ps3 combo games.
MmaFan-Qc  +   1147d ago
because we all know MadWorld, No More Heroes, Muramasa sold soooooo well on the wii......

i dont see why publishers wouldnt invest into a game console mainly driven by nintendo only games...

#1.3 (Edited 1147d ago ) | Agree(4) | Disagree(3) | Report | Reply
dark-hollow  +   1147d ago
Like Alan wake and mag did much better /s

Its not because they are Nintendo games or not, but because madworld and no more heroes arent advertised much and not that popular.
PopRocks359  +   1147d ago
It's not out of the question to imagine more people thinking of using the Wii U for those types of games as oppose to a Vita/PS3 combo. For one thing it's more convenient getting everything in one box and it's cheaper.
Ck1x  +   1147d ago
Well seeing as to games being made with these functions mean that one must own a ps3 & vita is the first problem. Not everyone owns a ps3 or wants a ps3, if I have a 360 most likely I'm not buying a PS3 and vice versa. Secondly I've only seen the psvita perform remote play albeit with a lot of lag as well so all these people saying the device can perform everything that the wiiu can please provide video proof and we'll believe you!
SpinalRemains138  +   1146d ago
This isn't true. My Vita experiences zero lag when playing remotely. I have only played 3 games using it remotely, but there was no lag at all.
Sharingan_no_Kakashi  +   1147d ago
That's not what I heard. I heard that a lot of developers are saying that the WII U isn't as capable as the ps3 and 360 are. And that the vita/ps3 combo is better than the wii u.

catguykyou  +   1147d ago
It might work better but there a few devs who would risk developing a game that required both systems. They would be limiting their potential sales market by a ton.
Moncole  +   1147d ago
I dont know if your trolling or just stupid.
360GamerFG  +   1147d ago
Those aren't mutually exclusive so I'd say both.
2EHO  +   1147d ago
Ive heard otherwise from known developers. Not developers hiding in the shadows.

THQ: “WiiU is just alot more powerful than current HD consoles it does 1080p very easy.”

Epic: “It will do things current HD consoles simply cant do its going to be a powerful box.”

Crytek: “WiiU devkits are very powerful,the specs are very good”

Vigil Games: “We had the game at the same level as high end pc version in a matter of days and a few lines of code got the game up and running on tablet in 5 mins.”

EA: "Wii U is not a transitional platform, it is a true next generation
Sharingan_no_Kakashi  +   1147d ago
Hey... I'm just telling you what I heard. And what a lot of news sites have been reporting lately. The specs of the WII U prolly weren't finalized when those quotes were released. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Here's what Nintendo had to say about the rumor.

“We do not focus on technology specs. We understand that people like to dissect graphics and processing power, but the experience of playing will always be more important than raw numbers.”
#3.4 (Edited 1147d ago ) | Agree(0) | Disagree(1) | Report | Reply
Ck1x  +   1147d ago
Lol! Dude you are grasping if anyone knows nintendo they know that they almost never comment or respond to rumors at all... Why would they when they have so much invested in this years e3? The system is going to be very powerful people just face it, its not like its new territory for nintendo to invest when it comes to putting technology in their systems. Nintendo spent quite a bit on the gamecube back then, it was no slouch of a system in terms of graphical effects and it was very efficient for its size. So I expect that they will do the very same thing with the wiiu!
FinalomegaS  +   1147d ago

remember the first time they showed Rogue squadron scene vs the movie... I was like OMG and it was realtime not FMV.

Here we are going into the 3rd battle of the main 3 and things look a bit different this time. They are using a medium storage that holds enough space, it can show the same visuals as the others, will be powerful enough for the devs... A grand battle will be her soon when all 3 are available. Just hope we get some great pricing out of this. Gaming as a hobby gets expensive lol.
Ashunderfire86  +   1147d ago
Ready to debunk you and those so called anonymous developers. Here is proof that the Wii U is more powerful than 360/PS3 and even PS Vita. Watch the video at 1:11!!!


Creative Director Brian Martell confirmed that the Wii U has more Ram and better processor, and its one of the better versions, which means that Wii U and PC versions are superior. What proof do these anonymous developers have any way? LOL!!! Knew that rumor was bogus from the start.
#3.5 (Edited 1147d ago ) | Agree(3) | Disagree(1) | Report | Reply
Sharingan_no_Kakashi  +   1147d ago
Well you can't debunk me at all because I'm not the one who made the statement. Like I said I'm just reporting what a lot of news sites have been reporting lately. Nintendo didn't confirm or deny the rumor. All they said is they don't focus on graphics but gameplay.
mamotte  +   1147d ago
tell me the company of those developers.
Seriously, tell me. You'll be amazed.
MasterCornholio  +   1147d ago
This has to be an April fool's joke because I honestly don't believe that Nintendo will screw their fans by giving them a console that's weaker than both the PS3 and 360. Seriously these consoles are over 5 years old so it shouldn't cost much to produce something that's more powerful than both the 360 and PS3. Unless of course Nintendo is planning on making a massive profit with each Wii U sold.

Like I said before I honestly think it's an April fools joke.

PiperMCFierceson  +   1147d ago
Oh like the wii compared to ps2 n xbox the wii was Soooooo much more powerful lol
PopRocks359  +   1147d ago
Actually the Wii had more RAM than the 360 as well as components for advanced bloom lighting. Go figure.
catguykyou  +   1140d ago
The tablet costs almost as much as the system by itself to manufacture. That is going to drive up the cost of the system by a lot. This may also give Nintendo a reason to lower the specs of the Wii- U to get the systems price down.
taz8080  +   1147d ago
People will most likely favor the Wii U just because of how well the Wii sold and conversely shun the Vita as the PSP had very slow sales. Why invest in something that may not give you a good return. The Wii U will most likely sell extremely well while the Vita still must prove itself unfortunately.
dedicatedtogamers  +   1147d ago
All I know is that the Vita has dozens upon dozens of announced upcoming games, while the WiiU has...well, just a few scattered interviews from a handful of developers.
FinalomegaS  +   1147d ago
NDA is currently in effect.

wait for E3 2012
stragomccloud  +   1147d ago
I don't think so. The Wii U is designed to use such an interface. Whereas PS3/4 VITA connectivity has a pretty steep price of admission.
taz8080  +   1147d ago
Also if it's anything like pSp to ps3 connectivity. That never really took off.
stragomccloud  +   1147d ago
Or GBA and Gamecube connectivity... that never took off either...
FinalomegaS  +   1147d ago
both right,

so the idea will fly like a rock in water...
2EHO  +   1147d ago
Seriously why is this even a topic? Wii u is rumored to have about 75 third part games in development. Vita Is a handheld let it stay in its place. No it can't compare in no way to what wii u can do.
MySwordIsHeavenly  +   1147d ago
Prove it.
2EHO  +   1147d ago
Let's just start with one little thing. If me and a family member are sitting watching tv. And I'm watching a basketball game and they want to play some video games..... I know we can both do the same thing on the Wii U.... Any other console has that ability?????
MySwordIsHeavenly  +   1147d ago
Yes. You can continue to watch the basketball game and they can game on the Vita... Problem solved.
#8.1.2 (Edited 1147d ago ) | Agree(4) | Disagree(4) | Report
PopRocks359  +   1147d ago
That's a terrible argument. Not every PS3/Vita game is cross-compatible. In fact, if you own the game on the PS3 but not the Vita, you're out of luck.
BitbyDeath  +   1147d ago
@2EHO, i don't think the Wii U tablet will work that way.

Do you have any links to prove otherwise?
Indigo123  +   1147d ago
your pretending like this is different from any other system
#9 (Edited 1147d ago ) | Agree(0) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
zavierkai  +   1147d ago
You have to save the game then conect a cable wait until the game is in the vita then you can playet.In wii u touch the the control lcd and magic hapen.
Unexpecta  +   1147d ago
The answer simply is no.

I will take a Vita over a Wii U any day. Ever since the 3DS, Nintendo has been going really low, and it's almost to the point where they are about to be sucked into an abyss of no return.
VR-4nic  +   1147d ago
This is a little off topic but I can't help but think the Wii U is about 5 years to late to the HD party and no tablet controller is going to make me want to re-buy old games or switch to the Wii U. I love my PS3, 360 and 3G Vita, until I see actual NEX-GEN hardware from either Sony or Microsoft I will continue to play the systems I already have. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed my Wii in 2007 but when a friend brought his PS3 over I was amazed and quickly plopped down $545 for one too. If the Wii U can't make my PS3&360 look pathetically under powered in the same way then whats the point? Because it has a tablet controller? I don't think so! I willing to bet that 75% of the Wii U's third party content will be rehashed PS3 and 360 games with some extra tablet waggleness. Furthermore the Wii U will be under power compared to Sony and Microsoft nexgen hardware and will not be able to handle any of the real nexgen third party games that are on the PS4 or nex-X, just like the Wii this gen.
#12 (Edited 1147d ago ) | Agree(0) | Disagree(1) | Report | Reply
Ck1x  +   1147d ago
Your opinion is your opinion and if you don't want one that's cool! But there are 95million potential buyers that nintendo can pitch to and although maybe you bought your PS3 kind of later than the rest of us. The graphics aren't as impressive as they once were and the games are starting to lack innovations and feel like clones of each other... why aren't people quoting the comment I believe made by Epic saying that the next Box will roughly be 20% more powerful than the wiiu and its already been confirmed that the wiiu will be capable of running UE4, so it will get 3rd party support no matter what most here think
VR-4nic  +   1146d ago
Actually the latest I've heard( and I suggest you Google this)is "The Wii U is not as powerful as PS3" There are a lot of new rumors coming in the last few days claiming Wii U will be slightly less powerful than PS3. Now granted these are just rumors but Nintendo's track record as of late would suggest that this may be true. All I'm saying is Nintendo will be in the same boat its in now about 2 years after Sony and Microsoft release NexGen consoles.

Oh, and where did you get I got my PS3 late this gen? I said 2007 and I paid $545 for the dame thing. It came out in Nov. 06 I got it within a year of its release and the Wii I got for Xmas 06. Even my 360 I got during its dreaded rrod days so what gives Brah?
zavierkai  +   1147d ago
In this generation you wont see a major leap in terms of grafics.The diference in next gen consls will be the servise.
#13 (Edited 1147d ago ) | Agree(1) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
zero_cool  +   1147d ago
The more competitiveness the better the experience for all platform & portable owners.

P.S.besides i serious doubt game publishers & studios will neglect the other platforms in favor of one platform.

Cheers Gamers & Happy Gaming!
FinalomegaS  +   1147d ago
true that.
ChronoJoe  +   1147d ago
Probably not since most larger publishers have devs / divisions which focus specifically and exclusively on portable platforms.

Also based on the Wii and DS, their systems aren't that attractive to third party publishers.
#15 (Edited 1147d ago ) | Agree(0) | Disagree(1) | Report | Reply
Instigator  +   1147d ago
The problem is that developers don't have a clear number of how many PS Vita and PS3 combos exist around in peoples homes. It's the same problem as with Wii Motion Plus and Move; split consumer base as a result of launching late in the console cycle. With the Wii U developers at least know that the console and Pad come as a pair.
Bags_BuzzFocus  +   1147d ago
apples vs oranges?
jacen100  +   1146d ago
ps3+vita = last gen visuals and stupid price for both systems

wiiU next gen hardware compared to ps3+vita, its cheaper and will dance rings around what the ps3/vita can do when it comes to total integration of the 2 devices
#18 (Edited 1146d ago ) | Agree(0) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
SpinalRemains138  +   1146d ago
Stupid price???

250 bucks is a stupid price for the best handheld games ever made????

Are you mad? Cell phones cost 3 and 4 hundred. Don;t hate on the Vita. It's badass. You should try it out. Trust me
jacen100  +   1146d ago
sorry if u dident understand i was takling combined price of ps3+vita and price of wii U versus integration of the 2 devices wiiU is the best package

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
New stories

Why Critical Path Is My New Favorite Place On The Internet

21m ago - For those unaware, Critical Path is a series of short and individual mini-documantaries about vid... | Industry

Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed Review [SnapThirty]

26m ago - Kane Bugeja writes: For as long as there has been more than one console in the marketplace, th... | PS Vita

See what games are coming out in 2015

Now - Visit our release calendar to see what games are coming out in 2015. | Promoted post

Sparkle Unleashed Early Access Gameplay and Impressions

28m ago - Sparkle Unleashed releases June 3rd on Xbox One. Take a look at some early gameplay and impressio... | Xbox One

Schrödinger’s Cat and The Raiders of The Lost Quark Review (Invision Game Community)

29m ago - Schrödinger’s Cat is a fun, frantic, wacky and colourful puzzle-laden platform game, set in a uni... | PS4

Is it game over for Kickstarter?

30m ago - “Power to the people,” John Lennon sang in 1971. It’s unlikely he was referring to video games... | Culture