Sony's gaming boss Andrew House has been speaking to Bloomberg about handheld gaming, and has shared the opinion that handheld systems aren't a massive threat to the company in an era dominated by smartphones.
House claims that smart devices have essentially eroded the market share of dedicated portable games consoles to the point where that particular sector of the industry doesn't interest Sony, but he cites the Switch as an interesting attempt to do something new:
The Nintendo device (Switch) is a hybrid device and that’s a different approach and strategy.
We have not seen that [handheld gaming] as being a huge market opportunity.
The Vita experience was that outside of Japan and Asia, there was not a huge demand. The lifestyle shift toward the dominance of smartphones as the single key device that is always with you, was the determining factor.
He also claims that despite the Switch comfortably outselling the PlayStation 4 in Japan, the console hasn't had an impact on Sony's business:
That draws me to the conclusion that they’ve really been additive to the business in the last year or so. The folks at Nintendo have their strategy and that’s great. We remain focused around a highly connected gaming experience and also coupled with having a great range of other entertainment experiences so you can reach multiple people on the big screen in the household.
While smartphone gaming has certainly had an impact on the mobile console arena, Switch is a unique proposition in that it can act as a home and portable gaming platform, and the allure of this concept has clearly made a connection with millions of players all over the globe.
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Note: We have edited some of the content of this post to better reflect the source interview with Andrew House.