Sony Worldwide Studios vice president Scott Rhode has told Gamesindustry International that the PS3 and Vita "can do some pretty special things" that the Wii U apparently can't.
Rhode has chosen the functionality of the Wii U's tablet controller with the console as his point of attack, noting that Nintendo's tablet controller doesn't have a processor. "That Wii U tablet doesn't have a processor in it, so it's got to be fueled by that box sitting under your TV," he told Gamesindustry International in an interview at E3.
According to Rhode, what the PS3 and Vita can do is "pretty special" promising that we can expect to see "more over the upcoming months about what you can do when you actually have a processor in the thing that's in your hand as well."
The Wii U tablet is very different from the Vita, as the Vita is a separate handheld console that can be linked with the PS3. The Vita is also still trailing in sales against the Nintendo 3DS.
When the topic of poor sales was brought up, Rhode was defensive, stating "it's only been three months though, just three months...there are a lot of games on that machine and I think what we have to hang our hat on... Every single person that actually picks that thing up absolutely loves it - if you're a gamer and you pick up a Vita, you're going to have fun. And you're going to use it over a device like this [points to an iPhone] if you really want a game."
It's possible the Vita could see a surge in sales as the Nintendo 3DS did, but it will remain a case of wait and see. As for the Nintendo Wii U, until consumers get their hands on the console, it's functionality and popularity will also remain to be seen.