John Kodera, the new boss of PlayStation, has said he is still very much interesting in portable gaming.
Speaking to Bloomberg, Kodera said:
“In my opinion, rather than separating portable gaming from consoles, it’s necessary to continue thinking of it (portable gaming) as one method to deliver more gaming experiences and exploring what our customers want from portable. We want to think about many options.”
It’s interesting the way Kodera talks, because it doesn’t necessarily point to a dedicated portable piece of hardware. It could be that we’re looking something similar to what Nintendo has achieved with the Switch.
Kodera didn’t speak specifically to the Switch’s approach in the interview, but did mention PlayLink, Sony’s project that allows users to play with their PS4 using their smartphone.
Sony’s last portable, the PlayStation Vita, didn’t perform well, but in many ways it set a precedent for the Switch’s success. It allowed players to play any PS4 game through remote play, away from their console, via Wi-Fi.
It struggled with the implementation however, along with steep competition from the Nintendo 3DS.
Something will be in the pipeline, perhaps in line with the announcement of Sony’s next home console. Kodera said that it’s “not yet the right stage to discuss specific hardware plans.”