When you look at the combined global sales of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, it's amazing to think that not so long ago some industry exports were predicting the end of console dominance. That clearly isn't going to happen this generation, and TIME has been speaking to Sony global game development boss Shawn Layden about such downbeat portents - and what he thinks of Nintendo's latest console.
All of the rumors of the demise of the console are very much premature. In fact if you're watching [sales tracker] NPD for PS4 and Xbox One sales, you put those together and console gaming has never been as big and vibrant as it is right now. And that's just here in the States.
Add Switch to that equation and things become even more interesting. Layden sees the machine as a "a great success for Nintendo" and that "it's definitely what that fanbase has been waiting for." However, he doesn't see it as a direct rival to the PlayStation 4 - in fact, he believes that many households will choose to own both consoles:
When you look at our numbers, I think it shows that a lot of gamers are a two-console family. And quite often those two consoles are PlayStation and Nintendo sitting side-by-side.
Do you think Layden has a point? Do you also own a PlayStation 4 - or an Xbox One? Or is your Switch fulfilling the role of home and portable console perfectly, just as Nintendo intended? Let us know by posting a comment.
Thanks to SLIGEACH_EIRE for the tip!