When it comes to discussions surrounding the different gaming platforms, it’s quite a common occurrence to see fans from all sides going at it by boasting about why their platform of choice is superior. These petty arguments come and go day in and day out.
This has led some to think that the actual employees at each of the companies behind these platforms must have the same mindset. But, on several occasions, we’ve seen that this isn’t necessarily the case, at least not completely. That was proven just recently when Sony’s Shawn Layden, the Chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios had some kind words to say about PlayStation’s competition in two instances. The first was during his keynote speech at DICE. Here, Layden plainly stated that the gaming industry as a whole should “never underestimate Nintendo”. He said this as a result of the cynicism and doubt that the company faced leading up to the reveal and launch of the Switch. Here is his full statement:
“The best-selling console of 2018 in the U.S. was… The Nintendo Switch. Nintendo took a massive risk when they brought this to the market. People thought Nintendo might one day be out of the hardware business. People would say things like ‘kids play games on mobile phones and tablets, dedicated portable gaming is dead and gone.’ But as I’ve said before: never underestimate Nintendo… All of us are better for their efforts.”
In this same speech, Layden also threw some praise towards Microsoft, acknowledging that the launch of its Xbox Adaptive Controller has ensured “that everyone can play” and that “all are welcome here”. This message of gaming unity was carried in a recent interview that Layden had with GameInformer.
In the interview, Layden frankly stated that his positive words might upset some of his colleagues. Regardless, he took the opportunity to say that “you can have quality gaming experiences across a variety of technologies”. He specifically name-dropped the Switch and Xbox One X, in addition to mobile devices, saying that “we need to recognize all that.” Layden then renounced the mob mentality that fanboys had, frankly saying: “We’re not little gaming ghettos that are not federated or aligned at all. We’re all part of the same gaming community, we just come at it through different doorways.”
Layden’s disposition is in stark contrast to that of Sony as a whole, which has taken a very reclusive approach when it comes to sharing the limelight with its competitors. Seeing that the PS4 recently hit over 90 million shipments worldwide, it is mildly understandable why the company has such an elitist attitude, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the right mindset to have. As a result, efforts like total platform cross-play is still hanging in the balance, as only select games like Rocket League allow PS4 players to go up against Switch and Xbox One users.
Regardless, Layden’s comments are a breath of fresh air among all the arguments that I personally see roaming around the various gaming communities across the net. His point is quite valid: it doesn’t really matter where you play. Just be happy that there are other people out there that are just as interested in gaming as you are, regardless of what their platform of choice is.