Nikkei: Sony's Head of Corporate Planning, "We can't ignore 'competition like' the Nintendo Switch"

Oct 25, 2017
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MOD EDIT: PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING

Worth iterating... No console war posts.

Also, read the OP/article clearly. He's speaking of Switch from the perspective of a strong competition having an influence over their own momentum in hitting their profitability targets for the PS4.

There's nothing to take away from this interview at this point of time that points to a Vita 2/PS5 Portable.

Link: https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Co...gins-with-record-profit-Planning-chief?page=1

These are the only relevant quotes from Nikkei interviewing Kazuhiko Takeda, Sony's Head of Corporate Planning:

Q: So it's possible Sony could exceed its profit forecast?

A: At the moment, we can say with certainty that 630 billion yen is achievable. But even our strongest operations have issues to be tackled. Our greatest risk now is losing our intensity.

Q: What sort of issues?

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At our gaming business, sales of the PlayStation 4 are strong heading into the holidays. But we can't ignore the Nintendo Switch, which has also captured consumers' attention. Our business model involves selling both the game console and the software for it, so we're working to get more customers paying continuously for content, for example through paid subscription services.
 
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Stuart

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That's exciting, I really hope Sony considers a Vita 2. They would destroy the performance of Switch, Sony are masters of portable consoles.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Their response seems to be focused on games as a service, nothing about this leads me to believe that they would like to make a Playstation Switch as some would hope.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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. Our business model involves selling both the game console and the software for it, so we're working to get more customers paying continuously for content, for example through paid subscription services.
Oh hey, that sounds like a horrible idea. Nothing like more subscription services. Eugh.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I'd trash my Switch the instant a portable PS4 is announced tbh.
That's exciting, I really hope Sony considers a Vita 2. They would destroy the performance of Switch, Sony are masters of portable consoles.
PlayStation Hybrid.

Bring it.
Imagine a Playstation... but like... portable.
Nothing about this said anything about creating a portable. They're doubling down on subscription services to make up for lost revenue because it's their biggest profit driver.
 

Raven117

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It means they're not being arrogant Sony and acknowledge that there are other competitive products in the marketplace, thus keeping them on their toes.
It also seems to imply that they are all in for exclusives. (I think they are right about that as well...moreover, they don't have to be giant GAAS, they just need to get folks to buy the console.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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What about all those internet people telling me "Sony doesn't need to respond, they're the market leader"?

This is good, competition and responsiveness is great for consumers.
 

Nightengale

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It also seems to imply that they are all in for exclusives. (I think they are right about that as well...moreover, they don't have to be giant GAAS, they just need to get folks to buy the console.
"The software" for it, includes third-party games, not just first-party because they do earn a cut of all software sales.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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But they could ignore the Vita just fine, hah!

Competition is a good thing, but I doubt they are working on a new portable.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I hope that one day, maybe when the PS5 is announced, they can release a portable, download only PS4. Probably will never happen, but that'd be the only way they could get back into the handheld space. Since another dedicated device that can't share games with a console makes less sense now.
 

StrapOnFetus

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Go ahead Sony, invest billions into RnD, marketing, productions/manufacturing.

Nintendo schooled you last time, they are king of portable.
 

GamerEra

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Nothing about this said anything about creating a portable. They're doubling down on subscription services to make up for lost revenue because it's their biggest profit driver.
They are already doing great stuff on that front with PS Vue, PS Now, and Plus. They just need to continue improving and they’ll be fine. Switch has nothing that rivals Sony’s online services.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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I need some dedicated remote play PS4 that lets me play my PS4 games in bed at the same performance of my PS4 just on a lower res screen. If I owned a Switch I'd basically just play it around the house and never docked. Want something similar for my PS4 games.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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Sony shouldn't have decided to drop the Vita the way they did. It is ridiculous, and a long-term mistake. (Why did Vita not just continue the PSP branding/naming, anyway?)
I still think that Switch (and the old PSP) prove that there is a market for dedicated gaming handhelds.

The PSP was practically magic in 2005.
 

Stilton Disco

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I do wonder if Sony could go in the opposite direction with the PS4 as they did with the Pro to make a handheld. Use a weaker GPU, aiming for 720p, ditch a disk drive and include say 250gb of flash memory?

I mean Jaguars were originally Netbook CPU’s, so it’s not like that should be a barrier.

I really just want a new Sony handheld I think.

The Switch looks rad, and I will be buying one eventually, but all those lovely indie games would be so much more appealing on a system where there’d be actual, proper sales with normal, non insulting discounts regularly.