Sections

Sony sees Wii U as a “potential risk”, but remains confident in 2012 content offerings

Wednesday, 13th June 2012 15:34 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

SCEE boss Jim Ryan has said he believes Wii U could be “a potential risk” to business for PS3, but in the end, there is enough content on the console to keep customers coming back.

Speaking with GI International during E3 last week, Ryan said in the end, it all boils down to which company offers the most content.

“[Wii U is] obviously a potential risk but we feel really good about our content,” he said. “Obviously, it comes down to content. There are people who buy gadgets for the sake of the gadget, but that’s pretty niche. We feel good about our line-up that we showed at E3. We’re very excited about publishing it.

“We’ve got 30 million (hardware sales target) for this year, it’s a big number but we’ve got the tools to go out and deliver that.”

Ryan said with IPs in development such as Beyond: Two Souls and The Last of Us in addition to the “60 new titles coming to [Vita],” this year, he has faith consumers will stay focused on Sony’s offerings.

Breaking news

11 Comments

Sign in to post a comment.

  1. ManuOtaku

    “SCEE boss Jim Ryan has said he believes Wii U could be “a potential risk” to business for PS3″

    I see what you did there very clever, but on the same time understimating the rival value.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. The_Red

    @1

    I wouldn’t call it underestimating. Sure, he is implying that Wii U will go against our current gen system and not the next gen one (PS4) but isn’t that the truth?

    Wii U really is a current gen system with a really unique controller. The said controller is an external part of the system and both PS3 and 360 could support such a device (Live Stream of gameplay).

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    It’s not unique. Just wait until Sony or Microsoft will Rip Off that controller at launch with next gen specs and you can kiss good bye to Wii U.
    Wii U software currently is mediocre.

    In my opinion Sony is in good position with PS3 right now and not so much with the Vita.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. ManuOtaku

    #2 specs tech wise, that can be true, but the wiiU will compete directly in the upcoming years with the new sony and microsoft consoles, therefore in my eyes it is a next gen machine, the same way the dreamcast did compete with the ps2, and the ps2 with the gamecube and xbox, i dont think is only about tech, is the overall package, and in that regard wii u is capable of compiting with the next consoles IMHO.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    @4, oh yeah… So much package in Wii U.

    No multitouch screen, same current (old) spec machine, horrible line-up of games and software overall.

    So much package in there indeed.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ManuOtaku

    #5 i said overall package not much package and that they are capable of compiting, not said it was the greatest things available, if you look a new way to play games, that feels comfortable, alongside with the nintendo IPS in 1080p with 60 fps, an improving online offer, and if they can have third party support, is a good package if you ask me, not the better, but good, ps2 have good things overall that outshine the better graphics of the xbox and gamecube (easy to develop for, a good physical media, etc), and for that it won, theres to many factors besides graphical punch, and the wii, ps2 and ps1, demostrated that.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    Erth, don’t you think a multi touch controler screen is a bit .. well silly? Think about it. How would you use/hold it? I assume that your going to have to be holding the controler with one hand and taping the screen with the other. The number of times where a gamer can use one hand, yet touch two or more exact spots on a screen, while still paying attention to a TV screen must be limited.

    If the WiiU controler was a complete stand alone game system, I would say that mutli touch screen would make sense. But it isn’t. I think a single touch is fine. Anything more involved would be require too much attention to use and in the end be combersome.

    Just my two cents, your milage may vary.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dragon246

    @6,
    If Wii U did half of the sales of 3 consoles you mentioned (wii, ps2 and ps1), I would be surprised. Also I think now the ball is in sony and ms court, if nintys wiiu beats any one of the other 2 next-gen consoles, then that company should leave console business for good.
    “an improving online offer”
    Yeah, it will keep improving for the next century to be on par with present day xbl and psn.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    @7
    Its not a deal breaker, but it isn’t a restriction without drawbacks either.

    For a start it doesn’t have to be considered just as something additional to the other inputs. In some games and situations it could be the only or primary input – so adjustment isn’t a consideration. If it’s used in a primary way then flexibility in terms of multitouch gestures is useful. It’s also a sizeable screen too, so benefits from multitouch more than a phone.

    There are always going to be ways you can work around the restriction, but it is a restriction. For example:-

    When used as a map a pinch/zoom would be a practical use for multi-touch.

    When used as an inventory or something else which could have multiple pages a two fingered swipe could switch pages rather than having a button you touch taking up screen space.

    When used as a lock picking minigame you’ve got more possibilities for finger twister.

    When using the WiiU web browser multi-touch gestures would be useful.

    If using the edges of the screen as additional input your thumbs can usefully reach then only one input could be used at a time without multitouch.

    There is also the point that going for cheaper and non-multitouch = resistive tech too. The 3DS lower screen is resistive. It works with touch but it’s a bit rubbish.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ManuOtaku

    #8 The N64 did those numbers, almost surpassing 40 million, therefore if one looks at each console, WiiU is more suited to reach those numbers again, at least it doesnt had the list of mistakes the N64 did had back in the day, this is a more developer friendier console, even better than the wii, therefore i think it will not be a surprise at all, the surprise would be quite the opposite, really.

    “an improving online offer”
    Yeah, it will keep improving for the next century to be on par with present day xbl and psn”
    yeah, they dont have demos available, they dont have any games for sale on their store, they will not have some sort of achievements, yes is light years away, and a milenium in order to keep closing the gap, yeah right.

    “if nintys wiiu beats any one of the other 2 next-gen consoles, then that company should leave console business for good”

    Why?, they can try to improve once again thats the thing, and all of them have great exclusives, gamers wouldnt win anything if one of them fails or retires from gaming, really, i want them all, and i will love to see SEGA comeback, but that is wishfull thinking., your hate is blinding your judgment man.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dragon246

    @10,
    40 million is still 11 million less than ps1 achieved (102.5 million) and 26 million behind ps2 (best console ever – 157 million LTD).
    It will probably do 40-50 million (still less than half). Anything more, colour me surprised.
    “Why?, they can try to improve once again thats the thing, and all of them have great exclusives, gamers wouldnt win anything if one of them fails or retires from gaming, really, i want them all, and i will love to see SEGA comeback, but that is wishfull thinking., your hate is blinding your judgment man.”
    Just saying, competition is always good. Would hate to see any of them leave. Its better for consumers.
    “60 new titles coming to [Vita]”
    Can they provide details like which games they are and WHEN they are coming?

    #11 2 years ago