In an interview with IGN at RTX Sydney, Hideo Kojima spoke about Nintendo’s new console, and mused on the direction that gaming will move in the future.
Kojima started off talking about Transfarring:
“You might be familiar with the fact that for a previous game that I did, we had a specification that we called ‘Transfarring’ where you could take the saved data from the PS Vita and move it over to the PS3 and back and forth like that. I believe [Switch] is an extension of that idea. The fact you can play something at home and take it outside, this is the gamer’s dream. The Switch is an evolution of that.”
Kojima also indicated that the Switch could be the first big shift toward a dissolution of boundaries, where players can use any device to play any game:
“I feel like cloud technology is what everything will eventually move to. It’s further behind right now than I think where people thought it would be at this point, but I think it will go there, and when the infrastructure is ready, you’ll be able to play everything, on every device, anywhere. The Switch is the predecessor to this step.”
The idea has roots back in Hardware like the Sega Nomad, the PSP, and more recently the PS Vita’s remote play, allowing users to play almost any PS4 game from outside of the house. The one thing that’s held these devices back has been implementation; experiences need to be seamless, easy, and fast – is the Switch up to the challenge?