Sony's new powerhouse handheld system, the PlayStation Vita, is a rather hot device with developers, with Sega praising it for being "technically brilliant." The device won't see release in the West until next year, but Sega is backing Sony on their handheld endeavor, starting with Virtua Tennis and several other planned titles.
Speaking with IndustryGamers, Sega West CEO Mike Hayes was mighty impressed with the PSVita, praising it for its range of functionalities and focus on core gamers.
"We had Virtua Tennis World Tour on PSP when it first came out. It was one of the biggest 3rd party sellers - obviously bigger in Europe than it will be in the States, but we've managed to use a lot of the functionality of Vita," he said.
"And we've made it very clear we're going to support Sony with that title. ... It's interesting on Vita - technically it's brilliant, it's beautiful, and it's really great to play. And Sony has made it very clear they want to target core gamers primarily. So we take that on board with the titles that we're going to bring out,"
In addition, Hayes cites the potential to offer a wide range of software titles to PSVita users, not just high-end core games, but the mid-range downloadable games as well as the ever popular dollar apps seen on Apple and Android's App Stores.
"The nice thing about the Vita, I think, is ultimately going to be the range of software pricing types that you can put on it so it's not just the high end game at the high end price," he said.
"You can do the mid-point, more like your XBLA or PSN titles and of course maybe even a small bite size of more app type software. For me, the strength of that device is the whole spectrum of software, that will either sell as physical or as digital. That, I think, is a big point of difference for us as a developer. So that's pretty cool."