Masahiro Sakurai may be famous for working on Nintendo hardware, but that doesn't mean he can't say nice things about the company's rivals.

Speaking in his regular column in Japanese magazine Famitsu, the Smash Bros. director heaped praise on the Sony PlayStation 4, describing it as "good-looking" and capable of visuals so convincing that "you often forget that you're playing a game".

Here's what he said:

Let me begin by saying that I don’t care for faction wars like Nintendo versus SCEJA.

PlayStation 4 is good-looking, the DualShock 4 is light and using it feels good, Remote Play can reliably handle even action games, and the network functionality is well done. The machine power is another attractive factor, there is no loss of detail in the image, and it looks so natural and spontaneous that you often forget that you’re playing a game.

It’s a good thing if creators can make stylish games without putting in a ton of time on that. I hope that a masterpiece will come with bells tolling. This is definitely not a period that will leave us without the possibility of playing rich games.

Sakurai is currently hard at work on the latest instalment in the Super Smash Bros. series for the Wii U and 3DS. What do you think about his comments? Let us know by leaving one of your own below.