PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida has praised Nintendo’s next generation platform the Nintendo Switch and has labeled it a unique system. However Yoshida doesn’t really see them as competition as he believes that they are chasing their own market.
DS: 2017 will see the launch of another new console, Nintendo’s Switch. What do you think of it, and where do you see it sitting in the console ecosystem?
SY: I think it’s a very unique system. It’s very interesting that they’ve designed the system to work well with more conventional games in terms of inputs and buttons. So I think it’s good for core gamers and their marketing message focused on that.
DS: Do you still see Nintendo as competition in terms of hardware sales, or do they now exist in a completely different market?
SY: I think they’re going to cover a new market for themselves.
DS: Nintendo are also making big moves into mobile gaming. Super Mario Run comes out soon and Pokemon Go was the success story of the year on mobile. Is this an area Sony will be looking to move into?
SY: Not like Nintendo is. But the mobile is a great tool to connect with our fans and might be a good place to allow new gamers – or non-gamers – to become familiar with our IP. So we will look at opportunities to make use of the device.