In an interview with major Japanese finance news publication Nikkei, Sony Interactive Entertainment Asia president Hiroyuki Oda expressed some praise for Nintendo. The PlayStation Asia president was asked what he thought of the impact Nintendo had made last year with the Switch and hits like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Oda had these words in response, as translated by Siliconera:
I’d say it has had an overall positive influence on the entire games market. Gamers want to play various games of various types, so the most important thing is that these people who love games are happy. SIE [Sony Interactive Entertainment] will play to its strengths by providing games of various genres, including realistic, high-definition games.
So in other words, Oda is intelligent enough to believe that “this industry is big enough for the both of us” when it comes to Sony and Nintendo. Pretty much any sane person in the industry believes this. Both companies are responsible–directly or indirectly–for countless classic games at this point. And in general, the video game industry benefits from having more platforms and more competition. Everyone wins when everyone is trying their hardest to please the consumer.
Although, some companies are better at playing together than others, as evidenced by Sony’s unwillingness to allow Fortnite cross-play on PlayStation 4.
Proofs Editor for Enthusiast Gaming. I’m a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I have recently returned from living in South Korea.