EA’s Riccitiello expressed his thoughts on Apple posing a threat towards Sony’s handheld market share. While he has heard theories about Apple making things difficult in the handheld domain, he doesn’t believe it will impact Sony much.
He stated, “Having something as powerful as a PlayStation 3 in your pocket is a pretty compelling idea.” He then went on to draw parallels to the significance of Blu-ray to the PS3 with PSP2’s potential.
Interestingly enough I don’t think Blu-Ray resonated much with consumers when it was first part of the package [PS3]… I think [Blu-Ray] is resonating now in a pretty big way, because a consumer doesn’t have to buy two devices when they can get one and it’s not multiple discs for a large game, it’s one disc and the fidelity is higher.
He then goes on to say:
Sometimes the competitive advantage requires games to show it off to prove its compelling. So reading in a press release that it’s as powerful as a high-end console in your pocket is sort of a little flat. Look at it [PSP2] the first time; when you actually see it happening it can be awfully compelling.
Its actually quite “compelling” just to hear Riccitiello confidently declare that you will be impressed just by looking at the games on the device.
Update: from IGN regarding the PSP2 CPU raw power
“The processor, we’re told, is just over half as powerful as the PS3, though the specific framework of the cores and the clock speed was not revealed.
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