PlayStation Vita Versus Nintendo 3DS: Winner- Apple
Unless drastic changes are made, the iPhone maker will emerge victorious in the latest portable war.
Once again, Sony and Nintendo will battle for handheld supremacy, this time with the PlayStation Vita and 3DS, respectively.
Both companies made surprise announcements this week, and instead of reaping the rewards, they looked considerably worse than the eggheads from Cupertino.
Consider Nintendo. After revealing its next console, the Wii U, the publisher's stock dropped five percent. This comes after Mario and Co. revealed weaker than expected 3DS sales.
The fact that Sony announced a $249.99 price point for its Wi-Fi enabled PlayStation Vita (the same price as 3DS) didn't help. Shortly afterwards, the company went on the record, saying it won't make a profit from Vita until three years after the launch.
Meanwhile, neither party has addressed the issue of the $0.99 Apps and free updates that have quickly eroded the more traditional model of $49.99-$59.99 video games. The rumor of $39.99 Vita titles only proves that Sony doesn't have a clear grasp of the portable market. It's too obsessed with defeating Nintendo instead of having a more encompassing worldview.
Although it remains to be seen whether these mistakes will prove costly, Apple (and Android, for that matter) have the most to gain, with all in one devices offering useful features over insignificant gimmicks and cheap content through the App Store.
Bottom line, times have changed, and the console manufacturers must adapt in order to compete. Otherwise, they'll battle for spots two, three and perhaps four.