Vita 'might be too late' - Crytek CEO

Cevat Yerli expects Sony's next handheld to have a hard time carving out its market against tablets, mobile devices, and the 3DS.

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The PlayStation Vita may be Sony's next-generation handheld, but one developer wonders if the upcoming portable system is already behind the times. In a newly published interview with Develop, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli expressed appreciation for Sony and the PS Vita, as well as skepticism about their commercial prospects.

Can the Vita thrive in a mobile-driven market?
Can the Vita thrive in a mobile-driven market?

"The Vita is an absolutely fantastic platform, but it will have a hard time, and it might be too late," Yerli said. "I love Sony as a company, and we have great relations with them, but the Vita is going to have a hard time against the next generation mobiles and all the tablets. There's also the 3DS investing in this market."

Yerli went on to say the winners in the portable market would be determined partly by content, but also by "the platform's ability to receive the content."

While Yerli characterizes his relationship with Sony positively, it isn't very old. The March launch of Crysis 2 marked Crytek's first excursion on a Sony platform for the previously PC-exclusive developer. While rumors spread last month that the studio intended to finish up the multiplatform TimeSplitters 4--which was in development at Free Radical when Crytek acquired the company--Crytek has not officially announced projects on the way for the PlayStation 3 or Vita.

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