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Designer Wanted “thinner” PS Vita

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It appears that sometimes even the designers aren’t entirely happy with their devices final product. In an interview with CVG last month, PS Vita (and Sony Walkman) designer Takashi Sogabe expressed his disappointment with the Vita’s size along with his desire to possibly make the device thinner later down the line.

Speaking not only about the PS Vita, we always have a battle between engineers and designers. The original design of the PS Vita, for example, was very much thinner than the current retail product,” he said. “From a designer’s point of view, thinner is better-looking, but the engineers wanted to put all the features in.

Maybe it will become thinner in the future, but the engineers would have to come up with a means to do that. The main effort for me was to make this product happen. The buttons and analogue sticks were perhaps not in the best position from a design point of view, but we felt they were the best solution from a publisher’s point of view.

He also voiced how he had originally wanted to craft the PS Vita out of metal and not plastic.

As a designer, I wanted to use metal rather than plastic,” he added, “but because there are a lot of antennae in the body, we couldn’t use metal.

Despite Sogabe’s slight disappointments at the final product, from what our editor-in-chief Joe Garcia told us in the recent episode of PS Uni Underground Radio, the PS Vita is a comfortable and capable devise and we are looking forward to the approaching launch date. How about you?

[Source: CVG]

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