We're used to hearing positive remarks about Switch from Xbox's executive vice-president of Gaming, Phil Spencer, but Sony are usually a little more tight-lipped when it comes to praising the competition. In a recent chat with gameinformer, SIE Chairman Shawn Layden was uncharacteristically generous not only mentioning Switch, but also Xbox One X, and seemingly indicating Sony's future approach.
Sure, PS4 and PS4 Pro provide what, of course, we think is the best gaming experience, but the other consoles out there, be it Switch, Xbox One X, or tablets, or phones – there are great experiences across all these. What we need to do is recognize all that. 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. I think the future will be an extension of that metaphor. Your platform is not your hideaway. It’s just your doorway to all these other gamer folk.
While it's a vague compliment at best, it's encouraging to see any acknowledgement of gaming outside Sony's ecosystem - especially following the crossplay debacle and Sony's refusal to play ball. The company is slowly turning the ship around on that one, so hopefully in the future it will be more open to the wider gaming community and the benefits cross-platform play offers players.
The interview covers many other topics, including Sony's decision to pull out of E3 2019. It's worth a read.
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