All three console makers sought to use mobile devices with another screen in tandem with their consoles.
Sony unveiled plans to bolster the Vita’s use with PlayStation 3 consoles by making use of its front and back touch screens and giving different players different perspectives in the same game. New game “PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale” allows PS Vita players to fight PlayStation 3 players over the Internet in real time.
Sony has sold 1.8 million PS Vitas worldwide since the handheld was launched in December in Japan and February in North America. That’s relatively small when considering there are 65 million PlayStation 3s in the world and 13 million Move controllers sold.
“We realize that it’s a marathon and not a sprint,” Tretton said. “I’ll stack up our success against other 4- month-old platforms.”
The use of a second screen with a controller mimics plans by Nintendo Co. Ltd. to sell a tablet-like touchscreen controller with its Wii U, which is expected to launch later this year.
It also resembles Microsoft Corp.’s SmartGlass feature, which makes use of smartphones to control video content.
Sony also announced that Taiwan’s HTC will be the first smartphone maker to use its newly named PlayStation Mobile platform for Android-based games.
Sony’s dark horse announcement was its partnership with author J.K. Rowling.
“Wonderbook: Book of Spells” turns its PlayStation Move motion controller into a magic wand and comes with a book of spells, presented as if written by fictional spellbook writer Miranda Goshawk over 200 years ago. Gamers wave the wand in prescribed patterns as if they are a Hogwarts student on their way to becoming a witch or wizard and learn how to cast spells that make fire, unlock gates and move through new stories
written by Rowling.