UKIE: Sony and Nintendo should stop making consoles

UK Interactive Entertainment chairman Andy Payne has some opinions that loyalist gamers aren’t going to like, sharing his belief that Sony and Nintendo should stop making consoles and instead focus on creating games for the mobile gaming market. Oh dear.

“I think it would be a massive relief to both Sony and Nintendo to become content-only,” he said. “Right now, they might not even know it. You know that thing where you take drugs and you think it’s the best thing in the world? Then you get off them and go, ‘What was I doing?’

“Imagine any Mario or Zelda property being on the iPhone or an Android phone. They’d get £10 or £15 for it, because people would want to pay to have it on their phone. They would. And that would be amazing. And Sony’s content is amazing. I mean, Uncharted … it’s just brilliant! I’m not knocking those guys, because they really do make fantastic games. And when we kind of get that bit over, wouldn’t it be refreshing to have Nintendo really making stuff for the iPhone, Android, and all the other stuff that’s around?”

I think Gameloft’s success has demonstrated that people will pay for experiences that mimic games such as Uncharted, and I actually do think it would pay for Nintendo and Sony to stop being so proud and make some valid iOS/Android games. That won’t happen anytime soon, but they’d make some mad cheddar doing it. 

Sony and Nintendo should stop making consoles – UKIE [Videogamer]

Jim Sterling