Sony Sees PS4 and Nintendo Switch "Sitting Side-By-Side"

Sony Sees PS4 and Nintendo Switch "Sitting Side-By-Side"

Sony executives aren't seeing any losses from Switch's success.

While hardcore Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo fans continue to fight their console war, the companies behind those platforms aren't always in competition. Despite the growing success of the Nintendo Switch, Sony is firmly ahead with nearly 60 million PlayStation 4 consoles sold-through to customers. In fact, Sony sees the Switch as a complementary platform to the PS4.

Games like Dragon Quest XI are coming to PS4 and Switch, offering players a choice.

"When you look at our numbers, I think it shows that a lot of gamers are a two-console family," Sony global game development boss Shawn Layden told Time. "And quite often those two consoles are PlayStation and Nintendo sitting side-by-side."

Layden said the Switch is "a great success for Nintendo", calling the hybrid system "definitely what that fanbase has been waiting for."

Japanese developers have already settled into a place of supporting the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch together. Dragon Quest XI is coming to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo 3DS. Likewise, games like Dragon Quest Heroes I/II, Lost Sphear, Fate/Extella, and Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle are finding a home on both system. You'll note those are all Japanese games, something Sony acknowledges as its strength over Microsoft.

"That's super important for us," said Layden. "I think a lot of Japanese developers lost their way chasing the mobile games yen, if you will, but they're coming back to console in a major way. And speaking of, we'll have some big announcements at E3 in that precise vein."

We'll see what Sony offers this year at E3 2017.

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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