Yet it wouldn’t be too far out of reach to say that the Japanese tech giant might not be reading this transformation and evolution of gaming so well. Their success in the current and even the previous era could create a false sense of security for them, potentially holding them back from a far greater audience.
Sony have experimented so much with handhelds, and have never really seen mass market success. I suppose it could be argued that they never quite nailed the hybrid concept (as docking your PS Vita and using it with a TV certainly isn't the seamless experience you get on the Switch - this is also true for Remote Play).
But I really wonder if Sony is re-thinking their approach behind the scenes, and whether they will ever offer a portable or handheld experience in the future.
It seems to me that there is still a large market for home consoles and gaming PCs. Even with the rise of handhelds, it seems unlikely that this "dedicated device" market will entirely disappear. I wonder if we should be seeing this as a zero-sum game, or rather, an overall expansion of the market.
I'm not sure what the current stats are, but I'm sure I've read that more and more folks/households are purchasing multiple game devices. So the idea of owning, say, a PS5 and a Switch, is probably going to become more and more common. Whereas 10 or 15 years ago - and certainly earlier - it was probably true that households tended to buy into one single platform.