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Bossa Studios head says Vita will die “horrible premature death”

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 19:53 GMT By Andrew Groen

You can file this story firmly in the “take it for what it’s worth” category. The head of UK game development house Bossa Studios, Henrique Olifiers, said he thinks PlayStation Vita has a rough road ahead.

“”We’ll keep on the lookout to see what the next gen will bring, but if they want more focus on tech specs rather than usability and accessibility, I don’t think it will be for us,” Olifiers said. “I hate the fact you cannot play a game on the PS3 against the same game on the 360 or PC. Walled gardens in a world where people are freely connected all the time is just a dumb idea that limits what is achievable.”

“Valve is bang on: proprietary stuff is madness, we should be moving to more open platforms, to interoperability, bringing everyone together. If this is not the motto for the big console manufacturers, not only will we not be there — they’re likely to die a horrible premature death, the kind of which I think the Vita will suffer from.”

It’s an interesting story, but we’re taking this with a grain of salt. People who say things along the lines of “if you don’t follow my advice, your company will die a horrible death” don’t tend to be high up on our list of trustworthy sources. That said, there’s no question Vita faces a tough road ahead.

Via Destructoid.

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21 Comments

  1. Dimaco

    They will not be there. Fair enough, guess I can cope with that.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Aimless

    Aren’t they a social network gaming company? Seems like a (successful) headline grab to me seeing as consoles are more or less irrelevant to their business in the first place.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. SuperGuyverUSA

    Yeah, Vita has a tough road ahead of it, there was never any doubt in that. But saying that it will “die a horrible premature death” is something that many gamers can argue. The only reason why the Vita would die is because of the memory cards, before that point most gamers were really excited about it (I still am). I, for one, am going to buy a Vita and use it for everything it’s worth. I’m not about to buy games on my phone and play them more than my consoles, that’s not gaming in my opinion.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Stardog

    It will live or die on the games.

    Smartphones/tablets do not have a single game worth owning — a game that you will buy a smartphone just to get.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. IL DUCE

    I think Vita will do fine…probably similar to the success of the PSP…it just won’t sell as much as Sony wants it to but it will drag along for a few years after its initial success at launch…

    B/c of course most people who frequent this site will say “oh hell yeah ill buy it, like being able to take a console with me while I travel etc.” But the more casual gamers or less intuned to the industry gamers probably don’t even know about Vita nor do they or will they care…

    I have enough trouble finding enough time to play my console, so I will have to pass on the Vita…

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Paranoimia

    It is amusing, Mr. Olifiers, that you mention that you “cannot play a game on the PS3 against the same game on the 360 or PC” and then mention Valve. Here is an article which may interest you:

    http://www.develop-online.net/news/38486/Valve-We-need-to-reward-Sony-for-opening-PS3

    That said, I can happily respect your decision. I know that personally, having never heard of you or your company, I won’t miss either when enjoying my Vita. In fact, come February, I doubt I’ll even remember you exist.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. KAP

    PSP did very well considering all of the critics constant battering.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Razor

    “PSP did very well considering all of the critics constant battering.”

    What? The PSP was tipped to destroy the DS.

    I think Vita will end up much like the PSP; just bumble along, quietly racking up sales while never being a breakthrough product.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Dannybuoy

    What a silly sausage

    #9 3 years ago
  10. The Evil Pope

    He’s got a point, there are so many platforms now to play games on (PC, Facebook, Consoles, Phones, Tablets), why would anyone blow £200+ on a handheld that only plays games?

    I wouldn’t touch the PSV with a barge pole…

    #10 3 years ago
  11. TheWulf

    It’s a completely fair point. What’s surprising is that it’s actually an intelligent point which shows a lot of forethought and insight, which is surprising. I mean, with people like Cliffy B in the industry, you can forget that there are some people out there who’re actually the wheat amongst all that chaff.

    Gabe Newell is one of them, and every time that man opens his mouth it’s a breath of fresh air. He understands the hardware and software sides of the gaming industry like very few people, and he’s well off because of it.

    Now, keep in mind that the clever man we’re talking about here is speaking of the Vita. PS3 fans don’t be offended, because this is a completely different market. What you have to keep in mind is that the Vita will have to compete with iOS and Android devices.

    Why is that important?

    iPad: It has a good set of tools available for it for creating things for the iOS platform.

    Android: It’s an open platform and anyone, absolutely anyone, can sell something on it.

    Now consider that Android and iOS are everywhere.

    More people are going to have an Android or an iOS device than those who’re going to have a Vita. In fact, I suspect that the Vita and its proprietary, hard to develop for, and restricted market will lead to it only having a 1% market share. This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone.

    The tablets and phones are showing us the way forward in a lot of regards. The best way forward for the next consoles even are open platforms. If you can play cross-platform with people on another platform, then that encourages you to get games for more than one platform. Whereas if you’re stuck with one, you’ll likely just only get games for that. Hence the PlaySlaves versus XBots and what have you.

    The smart money is on open platforms for the future, the proof of concept is out there, in the form of tablets and phones.

    And like I said, creating a new handheld device based on old console style approaches rather than basing it on how the iOS/Android work is folly. But that’s what Sony have done. And really, it’s going to be harder and harder for proprietary platforms to compete in the face of iOS and Android.

    Sony’s better approach was with the Xperia Play.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. TheWulf

    @10 – Precisely. The notion of the ‘console’ is going the way of the Dodo in favour of newer and better technologies. We’re just seeing the portable console go out the window first, the telly bound version is going to lose out eventually to the likes of OnLive and other challengers, it’s only a matter of time.

    Microsoft and Sony need to either evolve, or they’ll die out like the dinosaurs they are.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. absolutezero

    People like this make me sad about the state of the UK Industry. Its pretty fucking shameful at the moment. Theres Rockstar North and the Batman guys aaaaand thats about it.

    Microsoft has destroyed Rare and Lionhead and Codemasters are happily destroying themselves.

    We were I think one of the very first countries to start doing Universtiry courses in gaming (as useless as they are in actually getting a job) and this is what we churn out, endless shitty mobile app farters all clamouring to make the next Angry fucking Birds.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Fin

    @13

    “Lionhead and Codemasters are happily destroying themselves.”

    Fuck you smokin’ bro? Codemasters (Birmingham, Leamington Spa) are still awesome (though Bodycount was terrible); Lionhead had a dip with Fable III, but I’ve no doubt they’ll be back on top.

    There’s one or two other studios you forgot to mention too: Media Molecule, Sumo Digital, Ninja Theory, Creative Assembly, Hello Games, Ruffian (maybe), Sony Studio Liverpool, Rockstar Leeds, Frontier, Criterion, Eutechnyx, Slightly Mad, Sports Interactive, Headstrong, Freestyle. That’s excluding smaller/average studios like Climax, Supermassive, Evolution, Relentless, EA Bright Light, Rebellion, Sony London Studio.
    Not to mention a lot of Kinect, Move and Vita R&D was done in Cambridge and London.

    So yeah, the UK games industry is still pretty ok.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Rain

    all of what you guys say is worth respect but I think that the unique controls and great quality of the games which is well beyond that of smartphones will keep vita ahead of the competition.
    Look at LBP and uncharted; show me one smartphone game that is as great.and lets not mention reaistance and modnation racers.also AC and killzone and COD were promised to come for Vita

    #15 3 years ago
  16. TheBlackHole

    I happen to know Henrique, and despite the Daily Mail headline, he’s actually an incredibly intelligent guy who knows what he’s talking about when it comes to games.

    Yes, he’s making a lot of assumptions about the Vita and the way it will work in terms of content and value, but his point is fundamentally sound.

    It’s a sensationalist piece, but read the whole thing before spouting vitriol.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Dimaco

    @15 +1
    There is absolutely no way that (we’re talking about now, not some 15 years prediction, @12) THOSE controls on smartphones and tablets will ever, ever reach the complexity you need to play REAL games like you do on consoles and will do on Vita.
    Angry birds and s**t like that is what they’re meant for…

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Christopher Jack

    Sony rarely knows when to let things go & move on, even if it is a failure, I doubt that they’d stop supporting it too quickly. It certainly has all us gaming enthusiasts charmed, although things like no on-board memory, expensive-proprietary expandable memory & a few other disappointments have some of us worried.

    @17, Maybe you’re right, but maybe, just maybe, games will evolve to use touchscreens & front cameras to an extent that surpasses the ease, immersion & accuracy of the typical controller.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. koopa

    Who is this guy, never heard of him…But anyways, I’m buying the Vita and I bet the US soldiers would like it too. Being overseas sucks and the vita can help the soldiers with no Xbox or ps3(portible HD). Thanks Sony. Dual joystick and OLED = win + games = epic win.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. mojo

    Bossa Studios?
    never heard of that.
    is that something like zynga?
    if so, who cares about that?
    noone is going to buy vita to play cockville games..

    #20 3 years ago
  21. ManuOtaku

    I dont agree, mainly because i think a handled device needs to be affordable in price and good amount of games available for it, if they manage to do that (including the memory cards prices), i think they will do fine, look at the 3DS, right now is selling great becuase of the new price point and that now it has good games, therefore one can argue that other devices like IOS, android, apple, are not making that big impact not at least the way some people are expecting, i think the Vita will do fine like the 3DS if they keep a good price (memory cards and all periferals included) and good games.

    #21 3 years ago

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    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

    Forget the magic space goggles. Maybe Valve doesn’t have the wherewithal to realise PC gaming’s TV dream, but Microsoft holds all the keys. If Microsoft really wants to get into PC gaming full-time, it needs to get around the table with Mr Newell and its platinum chequebook. “It’s time for us to talk about gaming […]

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

    The Order: 1886 has a new trailer available that highlights the game’s controls and reveals the two special abilities the main protagonist has at his disposal. The game uses a similar control scheme to other shooters, but just in case you wanted to see more gameplay, we’ve got just the thing. The most interesting parts […]

  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]

  • Someone is attempting to recreate Dark Souls’ Lordran in Minecraft

    Lordran, the land of the ancient lords will soon be explorable in Minecraft thanks to a passionate modder. Davweed is a talented modder attempting to recreate the entire world of Lordran in Minecraft. Lordran is the land where the entire Dark Souls game is set. The goal is to make it a 1:1 scale of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous is getting Community Goals with update 1.1 – all the details

    Patch 1.1 is Elite: Dangerous’ first major update. Developer Frontier has detailed Community Goals, the big change coming with the patch, and more. We were told last week that big additions are coming with patch 1.1, due in February. Today, we learn in more detail what those features are. Namely, what the developer is calling […]

  • Sunset Overdrive, Skyrim and Dead Rising 3 highlight this week’s Deals with Gold

    A new week, a new set of deals for Xbox Live Gold subscribers and we’ve got the full list. Major Nelson posted the deals which are live now and run through Monday, January 26. Highlights include Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, Skyrim, Final Fantasy 13-2 and more. Check the full list below. Xbox One Dead […]

  • Survarium: 10,000 FREE Premium account keys to give away

    We have 10,000 codes to give away for MMOFPS Survarium, granting the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver coins. Each key gives the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver in-game currency. A Premium account gives you 50 percent more experience, income and reputation for 24 […]

  • “I don’t like people thinking we’re doing underhanded, dirty shit,” says Evolve dev

    Despite what it looks like, Evolve developers did not intend to give out the wrong signals when it comes to the game’s DLC plan. Evolve creative director Phil Robb spoke to Destructoid in an interview that was conducted late last year about the studio’s approach to DLC, map packs and more. Robb’s idea is that […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry gets first screens

    Night Cry is coming along nicely and today we get our first look at it. Ever since the announcement of Project Scissors (at the time) last September, and then the name change to Night Cry, we’ve been waiting to see what the game looks like, especially since it’s developed with mobile platforms in mind. Today, […]

  • Tekken X Street Fighter is still happening, 40 people working on it

    Tekken X Street Fighter is definitely not vaporware. A team of 40 developers is currently working on it, according to director Katushiro Harada. Harada was interviewed by Polygon. In the interview, he touched on many topics, one of which is the status of the seemingly-never-coming-out Tekken X Street Fighter. “It’s very difficult to talk about,” […]

  • From Game of Thrones to Borderlands: all of Telltale’s adventure games rated

    Telltale Games has an impressive back catalogue of licensed adventure games to its name, and we have opinions about all of them. Note that this rundown doesn’t include bundles, the non-adventure games or games published by Telltale but created by other developers. It’s also got a fair bit of speculation in it, since at least […]

  • There is probably a new Battletoads game coming

    If you’ve watched last night’s Windows presentation you knew you recognised that logo on Phil Spencer’s t-shirt. Wearing a t-shirt with a logo of an upcoming game is an antic we’ve come to expect from Xbox boss Phil Spencer now. Based on that, we wouldn’t be alone in predicting that a new Battletoads game is […]

  • Here’s a short, 60fps trailer for DmC: Definitive Edition

    DmC: Definitive Edition has a new video available that shows the game running at 60 frames-per-second. Capcom has put out a short new trailer for the Definitive Edition of DmC: Devil May Cry that takes a look at different stages and boss fights. The video begs to watched in 1080p60 quality, if your connection can […]

  • Xbox One to PC streaming targeting 1080p, 60fps

    Microsoft has revealed that it’s looking to achieve 1080p resolution at 60 frames-per-second when the Xbox One game streaming launches later this year. The question of what final resolution and framerate Xbox One game streaming will operate at was on a lot of people’s minds when the demo was shown. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra has […]

  • Microsoft is looking at offering PC to Xbox streaming

    Having announced Xbox One to PC streaming as part of its Windows event last night, Microsoft said that making the process a two-way street is on the cards. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer sat down to do a group interview following the Windows event and talked a little bit about the firm’s plans for streaming, including a […]

  • Watch John Romero play Doom

    John Romero made DOOM, and now you can watch him play it, dropping many a delightful gem of insight regarding one of the most important shooters of all time. This video was organised by Double Fine as part of its Devs Play series, a thing I only just discovered and now want to marathon all […]

  • World of Speed has gotten fairly pretty over the past year

    World of Speed has produced a new trailer, showing off the racing MMO’s progress over the past year. Announced one year ago, World of Speed is looking pretty damn shiny now. Check it out in this trailer, which introduces the Mountain Spiral Road location and teases several yet to be revealed. World of Speed comes […]

  • Minecraft user data leaked in plain text – change your passwords

    Minecraft users should change their passwords and those of any accounts using the same log-in details. Minecraft’s user data servers have apparently been compromised, with user names and passwords leaked online in plain text. 1,800 Mojang accounts were affected. The news comes via German source Heise and The Guardian and has been treated quite seriously […]

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will commence filming in August

    The sixth Resident Evil movie is back on track. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will begin filming in August, having been delayed to accomodate star Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy. In a Facebook post, Jovovich said she’s currently being very mindful of gaining enough weight to ensure a healthy birth for her second child, without the risk […]

  • Nintendo bosses “do not really understand modern gaming”, says former executive

    Former Nintendo executive Dan Adelman has provided frank insight into the Japanese platform holder’s inner workings. Adelman, who was one of Nintendo’s most important developer liaisons, left in August 2014. One of the first things he did was say that Nintendo had issued a gag order on his social media use, and shortly thereafter called […]

  • Sony’s 10% apology discount doesn’t apply to pre-orders

    Sony has updated the terms and conditions of its apology discount to exclude pre-orders. PSN members have been offered a 10% discount voucher as an apology for downtime over the holidays due to DDoS attacks. In an update to the PlayStation Blog announcement post, Sony clarified that you can’t use this for pre-orders. So. That […]