David Jaffe: Sony Has An 'Uphill Climb' Because of iPhone, iPad

By Jordan Douglas on June 24, 2011, 1:26PM EDT

David Jaffe has worked with Sony for a long time, and has come to the conclusion that the PlayStation manufacturer has an "uphill climb" in the face of the iPhone and iPad. Speaking with us during E3, Jaffe stated that the "entire industry has an uphill climb now because of the iPhone and the iPad," describing Apple's entry into the gaming market as a "disruptor."

On the subject of how new platforms will impact the game industry, Jaffe had this to say: "Look at the iPhone you're holding right now. Here's what I think... Anyone reading this knows I'm loyal to Sony. Not that I don't like Microsoft, I do but Sony has always been good to me. So I want to preface what I'm about to say, because I don't want people to think I'm bashing them. I will work with Sony as long as they will have me, but they have an uphill climb - this entire industry has an uphill climb now - because of the iPhone and the iPad. Unless we as an industry get to cloud computing and gaming sooner rather than later, I think we'll have to get used to a noticeably smaller piece of the overall pie.

"I think a large number of people are satisfied with the cheaper, downloadable gaming experiences on their phones. Even if you're talking PlayStation Suite, so I'm not saying Sony doesn't have some of that pie. People always have their phones with them, because they're a one-shop device. That means traditional [console / handheld] games have to be so much better in order to get enough people away from their phone to game. I think that's why you see less games [at E3], because publishers have to put so much money into the games they do make to compete at that high level. [The iPhone] is such a fucking disruptor. It will be an interesting thing to watch over the next couple of years."

For more from David Jaffe head over to our full interview, covering his career, future projects, Twisted Metal on PS3, thoughts on the creative process, predications on the fate of Nintendo's Wii U, and so much more.

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