Nintendo’s up-and-coming 3DS has received a lot of solid buzz – i.e. about the greatest thing since the serendipitous combination of chocolate and peanut butter. However, not everyone gets butterflies when they think about the 3DS – especially Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai as well as Sony Worldwide Studios VP, Scott Rohde.
Bet you didn’t see that coming.
When asked about his thoughts on the 3DS and the future of the PSP in a recent interview with Industry Gamers, Rohde went on record with the kind of typical PR jargon that backhand compliments the competition – while leaving just enough wiggle room in case 3D handhelds turn out to be the next big thing:
“To me, I love how the industry evolves. People come up with new ideas. It’s an interesting idea for a technology. I’m, personally, very curious to see how it takes hold with the marketplace, whether people are into that experience or whether it’s just a little too foreign to them. It’s going to be a great experiment.”
When asked point-blank whether or not the PSP2 will incorporate 3D effects, Rohde responded emphatically:
“No, no plans for that.”
Well, the thing about plans is that they tend to change. Sony has a reputation, rightly or wrongly, for bad-mouthing their competitors only to turn around and incorporate similar ideas in their own consoles. You know, things like a pay-to-play online service or not-quite-100% backwards compatibility as well as motion controls. Stuff like that.
It’s also hard to imagine that Sony, the company with the most 3D-focused hardware of all the home consoles, isn’t going to push the tech along every possible avenue.
What do you think of Rohde’s comments? Do you think Sony has a 3D handheld en route?
Source: Industry Gamers