Despite the company’s problems, it’s always a big deal when Nintendo releases a new console. This means that practically all famous developers are asked for their opinions whenever it happens. In line with this, IGN asked Hideo Kojima for his thoughts on the upcoming Nintendo Switch. Interestingly, Kojima compared the console’s concept to a PS3 game he created several years ago. According to him, it represents a stepping stone towards a more open gaming industry. While you can read the full interview here, a few of his comments are below.
You might be familiar with the fact that for a previous game that I did, we had a specification that we called ‘Transfarring’ where you could take the saved data from the PS Vita and move it over to the PS3 and back and forth like that. I believe [Switch] is an extension of that idea. The fact you can play something at home and take it outside, this is the gamer’s dream. The Switch is an evolution of that.
For example, often when you buy a Blu-Ray disc, it’ll have a code on the inside for a digital version, so in the same respect you can watch it at home and then take it on the go on your tablet and smartphone. This is how movies and TV are moving, and this is how games should go.
I feel like cloud technology is what everything will eventually move to. It’s further behind right now than I think where people thought it would be at this point, but I think it will go there, and when the infrastructure is ready, you’ll be able to play everything, on every device, anywhere. The Switch is the predecessor to this step.