John Carmack has implied that it’s going to be a bit hard for Vita to compete in the “post-smartphone world.”
Speaking in a much quoted interview with Gamespot, id Software’s resident rocket scientist said that while he has yet to get a good look at Vita, he believes Sony has “learned a lot from the PS3, and they’ve gone out of their way to make sure that the development is as easy as possible,” on Vita.
“However, I wouldn’t want to be the executive making the decision to launch a new portable gaming machine in the post-smartphone world,” said Carmack who thinks Vita could end up competing with Sony’s Xeperia.
“I think that they’ve picked as eminently a suitable hardware spec as they could for that, they’re going to have you program for it like a console, so it’s going to seem twice as powerful as a smartphone with the exact same chips in there.
“But of course, by the time they actually ship, there may be smartphones or these tablets with twice as much power as what they’re shipping with on there. And a year or two after that, it’s going to look pretty pokey. You make a game that’s fun and quick to do, and you grab low-hanging fruit with the technology there. So, even if that plays out, such that people find that they can easily bring over their full-on, full-blown AAA console titles and put it on [the Vita], that’s going to give it a reason for existence.”