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Vita and 3DS facing challenging times, says Activision mobile exec

'Ultimately the market will speak to the viability of traditional handhelds'

Greg Canessa, vice president of mobile development for Activision, has said that mobile and tablet devices are posing an increasingly large threat to traditional gaming handhelds like 3DS and Vita.

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Speaking to iGamer, CVG's newly re-launched sister publication, which is exclusive to iPad through Apple Newsstand, Canessa said:

"There's no doubt that that space faces challenges. They are more directly competitive with what's going on in the tablet and mobile space and there's a lot more overlap there, to be honest.

"It is a challenging market, and challenging in a number of ways. From a gameplay immersiveness standpoint, from price point and business model standpoint, I mean it's $40 for some of those games and you can get great experiences - not necessarily comparable experience, but great nonetheless - for seven dollars on a tablet."

Canessa added: "Our relationships with Sony and Nintendo are important and we continue to support them by creating games on both [Vita and 3DS] platforms. Beyond that the market's going to speak ultimately as to the viability of those products."

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