Carmack: It will be hard for Vita to compete against “post-smartphone world”

By on June 15, 2011

Developer says the hardware specs may loose its luster once even more powerful smartphones launches next year.

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While fans are eagerly rubbing their hands in anticipation for Playstation Vita, id’s John Carmack believes that the handheld will find it hard to compete against a smartphone infested world.

In an interview with Gamespot, the legendary developer said that, while Sony has made sure the handheld features the top of the range hardware specifications, it will soon be outclasses as smartphones ship with even more powerful hardware next year.

“I wouldn’t want to be the executive making the decision to launch a new portable gaming machine in the post-smartphone world,” he said.

“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.”

Playstation Vita releases in Japan this Holiday season.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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