Nintendo and Microsoft Are Ready For The Play Anywhere Future- But Is Sony?

As we move towards a future where our games must fit our lifestyle rather than it being the other way around, is Sony prepared?

Posted By | On 14th, May. 2017 Under Article, Editorials | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


The Nintendo Switch has gone on to become a huge success, becoming Nintendo’s fastest selling system ever (yes, that means faster than the Wii), and exceeding all expectations and projections that were set for its performance. It has gone on to do so in spite of all the conventional wisdom and doomsaying that traditional gamers and industry observers were spouting- after all, here was an underpowered system with a refined version of the same gimmick that had failed to do anything for the ill fated Wii U. Unlike the Wii, there was nothing fundamentally new about the Switch. Why would it do well?

As it turns out, it was a success because the core gamer can often not step back and assess things from the wider market’s point of view. The modern lifestyle is hectic and mobile. It is an on the move lifestyle, one where having to take the time to stop and set out a few hours to play a game on a stationary console is increasingly becoming a luxury few can afford. It is the era of mobile social networks, and binge watching TV series on your own terms. It is an era where mobile gaming has already started to encroach on, and overtake, traditional gaming.

In other words, if traditional gaming is not to become obsolete, like physical media for movies did, like traditional TV rapidly is, like the desktop PC market is, as it loses and cedes share to smartphones and tablets, then it must adapt to this more mobile world. If conventional gaming is to hold its own against mobile gaming, then it must have the same merits that mobile gaming does for the larger market. After all, remember- most people don’t obsessively play and follow games like we enthusiasts do. It’s no different than watching a TV series, and moving on with your life. Gaming has to be something that fits into their life, as opposed to them making their life fit to gaming. If mobile gaming is the only form of gaming that does that, then mobile gaming is the only form of gaming they will engage in.

"The Switch managed to tap into a latent mainstream desire that until now had gone unacknowledged, unrecognized, unarticulated- the future of gaming is Play Anywhere gaming."

This is where the Switch managed to tap into a latent mainstream desire that until now had gone unacknowledged, unrecognized, unarticulated- the future of gaming is Play Anywhere gaming. Our games need to be flexible, modular, able to mold themselves to our lifestyle. Whether we are playing by ourselves or with others, whether we are playing for a few minutes, or for hours at end, whether we like more engaging and immersive games, or shorter, quick burst titles, they need to slot into our lives, or they won’t have any place in them for any but the most dedicated enthusiast gamers.

The Switch, with its hybrid nature, becoming a console and a handheld in a snap, without any delay or friction, with its modular form factor that allows for literally any style of play anywhere, under any circumstances, is the perfect system for this modern lifestyle. There is a reason it is selling as well as it is- it has tapped into the desire of the mainstream to play games on their terms, and it has done so while providing them with far better and more engaging experiences than mobile games can. The Switch’s relative demerits cease to matter under these circumstances – it might be weaker than the PS4 o4 Xbox One, but its games look gorgeous nonetheless, especially since to the non enthusiast eye, we are past the point of diminishing returns. Its battery life would be an issue, but the only time you are playing persistently on the move is when you can only steal a few minutes away from work, or between bus stops or train stations, or in a line, anyway. Its merits are uniquely highlighted by what the product is, and its demerits de-emphasized.

"Microsoft, too, understand the Play Anywhere future- and they have been pushing for it in their own way since last E3. Xbox Play Anywhere is essentially founded on the same principles of letting people play their games where they want, on their terms."

Microsoft, too, understand the Play Anywhere future- and they have been pushing for it in their own way since last E3. Xbox Play Anywhere is essentially founded on the same principles of letting people play their games where they want, on their terms. Right now, it works across Xbox consoles and Windows PCs; but the idea is the same. You stop playing Forza Horizon 3 on your Xbox, and you pick it up and play a few races on your PC. As ARM powered Windows devices begin to catch on, you will be able to play your games anywhere, anytime, on your terms. Microsoft, too, seems to understand that games need to fit the modern lifestyle- as opposed to it being the other way around.

Interestingly enough, the company that seems to be the least prepared for something like this is Sony, which is odd, given its general prescience towards the future of gaming. While I hear the arguments – Sony has Remote Play and PlayStation Now, and both appear to be acknowledgements of a Play Anywhere future, and a move towards it – they are both inherently self defeating to begin with. Remote Play either needs a direct connection with the PS4 (meaning you need to be in its vicinity), or a high speed broadband connection, for it to work. PS Now requires an incredibly high speed internet connection to work. Both need persistent internet connections for you to make use of them. Essentially, they are self defeating- unless you have a high speed internet connection omnipresent, you can’t play on your PS Vita, phone, PC, or Mac. If you want to pick up Ratchet and Clank where you left it off on the train, you can’t, because you have no internet coverage on the train- or no persistently high speed internet, at any rate.

"Sony has Remote Play and PlayStation Now, and both appear to be acknowledgements of a Play Anywhere future, and a move towards it – but they are both inherently self defeating to begin with."

I am hearing the objections now- what if you don’t want to play your games on a smaller screen anyway? What if you want to play on a big screen? That’s well and good, but you are the enthusiast gamer, reading GamingBolt, and looking at things from your perspective. You are not representative of the larger audience. The larger audience is one moving to a mobile lifestyle and smaller screens. Just as Netflix on the iPhone overtook traditional TV viewing, so too will gaming on the go overtake gaming on a stationary console. And unless traditional gaming can go mobile itself, it will lose to smartphone games.

Of course, I hear another objection- consoles are doing just fine, you say. Look at the PS4, it’s sold 60 million units worldwide, and it continues to sell at a staggering pace, with another 18 million units projected to sell this year. And that’s just it- the PS4 is the only console that is still selling. The Xbox One didn’t sell, the Wii U didn’t sell. The console market this generation has catastrophically declined from last generation, when 260 million consoles were sold globally. It will be a huge surprise if such numbers are reached by the time this generation is done.

This isn’t about the PS4 being the best (which it is), or the Xbox One and Wii U failing to appeal to the gaming audiences convincingly (which they did fail to do). Much like the 3DS was a success in its own right, selling close to 70 million units worldwide, but ultimately selling to a shrinking audience that no longer remained viable, so, too, is the PS4, successful though it may be, selling to a shrinking base. New gamers are being brought up in a world where gaming on the go on mobile devices – be they an iPad, iPhone, or now, a Nintendo Switch – is normal. Existing gamers are getting married, getting full time jobs, having kids, and increasingly finding it difficult to play games for hours on end on stationary consoles. The way of the future is us being able to play games anytime, anywhere, anyway we like. Microsoft gets this, and it is taking measures to prepare for this future. Nintendo gets this, and this is why the Switch is what it is, and why it has been as successful as it has been. Sony… gets this. But the question is, is it doing enough to prepare for this eventuality?

Note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to GamingBolt as an organization.


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  • QUIMICOMORTAL

    Well, considering they invented it with remote play I would say they are!

    • kma99

      Gameboys says hello. Now delete that.

    • J.j. Barrington

      You weren’t doing remote play with the gameboy.

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      Could Gameboy play nes games moron?

      No? Excuse excuse yourself and leave!

      Delete it if you want, seeing how you only embarrased yourself!

      #StillwaitingforANYTHING

    • kma99

      Play your gamea anywhere dildo. Let break this down so u can damage control more. Steam big screen mode. You see they advertised ps now but thats not play anywhere gaming. Oh yeah it only make sense when sony says it make sense.

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      You like dildos? I knew you weren’t a man by a mile, but that you liked from behind? Well, make sense!

      You can STREAM to pc in big screen moron!

      Ps now has nothing to do Trumpy! Just remote play!

      It only makes sense to people that… THINKS, so you are excluded!

      #kma99alsoknownastrumpyismybitch

    • kma99

      So u replied with who did what first and pc doesn’t count now lol. Typical sonytard answer. You discounted ps now yet gamebolt decided to add it into the article. Oh yeah we have ro play by tard rules lol. Damage control more please.

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      Sony did it FIRST with Vita! Not with pc! Get it moron? The integration with pc came later!

      See? That’s why I said makes sense for people that thinks! You are obviously excluded Trumpy! You are beyond s t u p i d!

    • kma99

      Pc did it first with big picture mode. Microsoft doesn’t have a handheld so what is your criteria. Oh yeah whatever you decide the criteria should be. Typical tard behavior. Sony copied steam get over it

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      But gamebolt decided to make the comparison between Sony, M$ and Nintendo! It’s right there in the title!

      An between those three Sony did it first! Even a moron like you should be able to get that Trumpy!

      #xbotstarvation

    • kma99

      And you came in with your who did it first statement. When it didnt suit your platform you decided to omit the originator.

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      Look, when rtrded people like you have trouble reading, it helps them to read outloud!

      Now, read the title outloud! Then, there’s nothing wrong with saying Sony did it first!

      But, I like that you now changed your allegiance to stream and abandoned that mediocre console! It’s always good knowing I finally made a positive change!

      #xbotstarvation

    • kma99

      Look when retards have to come sabotage every thread and talk about how great sony is and just how bad everyone else os compared true gamers get annoyed. Look i understand you cant offord you hobby so you stick to what you can afford. There are other method to entertain yourself. Get out and get some fresh air to clear up that clouded brain.

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      Sabotage? Trumpy? How exactly saying Sony did it first is sabotage? Fake news again Trumpy?

      I get it, you got fooled with a mediocre console that has the lowest rated exclusives ever, and you can’t afford the best console of the last 4 years! But spreading lies and twisting reality gets you nowhere!

      Ps4 has the best hardware, the best software and it did remote play first! Sucks to be one of those los ers like you that can’t afford one!

      #xbonehasthelowestexclusives

    • kma99

      Because they didn’t. Steam did it so u had to throw in the pc doesn’t count argument. You know how ps now on pc doesnt count when ps4 games start hitting the service rendering those exclusive games only console exclusives lol.

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      They did! In an article that compares Nintendo, MS and Sony, not pc, not steam, just the consoles, Sony Did it first!

      Get it moron?

      Your hate for sony blind you! It must be that :

      #xbotstarvation

    • kma99

      Idc xrat pc did it first since u wanted to be technical about this crap. #dealwithit. Ps petition for frogger

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      To bad they were not included in the article!

      That only makes you look like a moron!

      But you are one, so, no harm https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e068fa07a4165ddde6015ee52d8415e528e6e616dd9b7b7043a382fb3a2675f6.jpg

    • kma99

      To bad what i said doesnt have to be in thr article to make it true. #dealwithit. Ps petition for qbert

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      To bad that doesn’t make my comment wrong either!

      First you accept in smarter than you, now I even influence your typing!

      Nice! Your subconscious already accepts me as your master!

      #stillowningyourass

    • kma99

      You having 200 sock accounts make u look insane. U upvoting yourself makes u look insane. U deleting post shows how dumb u r. To be smarter than me u have to have more money than me, bigger house than me and more cars than me. We know u sonytard are borderline broke lol. #dealwithit

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      So, where is your evidence for all those false claims?

      #kma99alsoknownastrumpyismybitch

    • Smart guy

      Lol

    • chaz

      Actually reading the article might have actually helped in this case

  • The_Shepard

    Uhh my lifestyle is me going to work then coming home everyday, I don’t see that changing anytime soon unless I want to be poor. Sony pretty much fits my lifestyle already.

    • rllintrllin

      Uhh your argument makes no sense. There is no correlation between having to coming home from work and being poor. What exactly are you saying? lol Did you read the article?..because the switch is perfect for people that have to work a lot…..

    • Jesus Fish

      Troll

    • Holeybartender

      No correlation between having to come home from work and being poor? I think he means if he didn’t work he wouldn’t have video games.

      People usually work while they are at work.You have a total of an hour and a half of free time at work to game if that with eating and all. Do most people have a long hands-free ride to and back from work to play games? Unless you’re living in downtown of a big city you usually are driving not in an hour long train ride.

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    • heavenshitman1

      Add one kid into that lifestyle, and let me tell ya, unless you have a stay at home misses..,
      your gaming life will be over (at least until the kid is old enough to play and behave independantly)

  • quantum

    What a pointless article, news must be slow this weekend.

    • rllintrllin

      And yet you clicked on it. If you don’t like the smell of sh*t, don’t walk up to it

    • J.j. Barrington

      … but you normally smell it before you walk up to it. And, even knowing what it is, you still ask, with a disgusted expression, “Ew, what’s that smell?”

    • quantum

      I had to click on it to read it, to then find out that it was pointless 🙂
      I’m not psychic

  • D Spenc3

    Sony is so far back in race those gooks actually think they’re in the lead lol. What a joke. Stream ps3 games to play on ps4. Bahahaha losers and loser supporters

  • J.j. Barrington

    Remote Play, Share Play, and other things just must not count, huh, Pramath? Even though they’ve been staples of the PlayStation repertoire for YEARS now, Nintendo and Microsoft JUST catching on somehow puts Sony behind.

    Boy, I swear, your head isn’t just not on straight, it’s not even attached to your neck as it should be.

    • chaz

      Actually reading the article might have actually helped

    • STRIKE

      Exactly!

      “Interestingly enough, the company that seems to be the least prepared for something like this is Sony, which is odd, given its general prescience towards the future of gaming. While I hear the arguments – Sony has Remote Play and PlayStation Now, and both appear to be acknowledgements of a Play Anywhere future, and a move towards it – they are both inherently self defeating to begin with. Remote Play either needs a direct connection with the PS4 (meaning you need to be in its vicinity), or a high speed broadband connection, for it to work. PS Now requires an incredibly high speed internet connection to work. Both need persistent internet connections for you to make use of them. Essentially, they are self defeating- unless you have a high speed internet connection omnipresent, you can’t play on your PS Vita, phone, PC, or Mac. If you want to pick up Ratchet and Clank where you left it off on the train, you can’t, because you have no internet coverage on the train- or no persistently high speed internet, at any rate.”

    • crazy_black_man- ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      You were correct on your previous enquiry. I meant to get back to you.

    • J.j. Barrington

      Yeah, I read at that nonsense. Is 5Mbps “incredibly high?” Doesn’t seem like it.

      And Remote Play might not be perfect, but it also predates everything else listed, meaning they were AHEAD OF THE GAME, not behind.

      There’s mention of Xbox’s Play Anywhere, but no mention of how you go about that. If you’re not streaming the game, then that means it has to be downloaded on the console and whatever PC you decide to use. You’ll need SOME sort of connection to internet to pick up on your laptop or tablet where you left off on your console at home; there really is no other way to do that. Amazingly, that’s left out. Furthermore, if you’re switching from console to PC, you’ll likely need a comparable control setup; unlike the Vita or Switch, this means carrying a controller around with you, which diminishes the portability, and is just not gonna be popular.

      But none of that matters, right?

      You also leave out just how many games have cross-save and cross-play, and thus DON’T need persistent internet connections. Nevermind that that’s EXACTLY what Play Anywhere is, except with something that’s designed for games on both ends.

      Yup, I read the article. Found it wanting. Made my comment. Got a response from you that cleared up NOTHING.

      Perhaps you’re the one that needs to do more reading.

    • crazy_black_man- ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

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    • chaz

      I’m sorry, but if you don’t understand the difference between ‘need a connection once to download’ and ‘need a high speed connection persistently to be able to play’, then I have nothing to say to you.

    • J.j. Barrington

      “You also leave out just how many games have cross-save and cross-play, and thus DON’T need persistent internet connections.”

      Could you bother to read the comments you’re responding to? They’re not as long as your articles.

    • chaz

      When a major first or third party release is Cross Play/Cross Save across PS4 and PS Vita, there will be a point worth discussing here. There is not, so there is nothing for me to say.

    • J.j. Barrington

      In other words, you pick and choose what counts and what doesn’t to suit your argument?

      Got it.

    • chaz

      In other words, Sony is not prepared. Microsoft is better prepared than Sony is, and Nintendo is fully prepared.
      I hope you ‘get that’.

    • J.j. Barrington

      Yeah, no. You being intentionally ignorant about the very things that destroy your claim doesn’t change reality.

    • chaz

      You pretending something is reality doesn’t make it reality, either.

    • J.j. Barrington

      So I’m pretending these things exist? It’s not you who’s pretending they don’t?

  • STRIKE

    Nintendo of the Big 3 is the one that has done Play Anywhere better because you only need the Switch but for both Microsoft and Sony you need to buy extra hardware to take full advantage of their Play Anywhere initiative.

  • Noxin

    Well windows smartphone hasn’t even a market. So if they do then don’t be surprised sony will bring something similar. Consider Vita is in mobile market. Only thing PC is not mobile so PSNOW is not a problem plus there is cross play but not cross purchase. Still J little gap they can fix if market demands it!

  • Jesus Fish

    Do people really play anywhere like the gimmick proposes?

    • J.j. Barrington

      Most people don’t, no. And in the case of all three companies, the device required to make “Play Anywhere” a thing is far larger than what the average person wants to carry around. The smallest is the Vita, and even then, people would rather just have the stuff available on their phones.

      The author is proposing the pursuit of a market that doesn’t and most likely won’t exist.

  • TPoppaPuff

    This article tries to preemptively throw up a flame shield because Pramath, gaming’s biggest troll, knows he’s full of it. Sure, all consoles are dying and only appeal to the enthusiast gamer. What he fails to realize is that the Switch is selling really well…to the enthusiast gamer. His double standard argument is beyond asinine. Why would non-enthusiast gamers by a Switch when they have a phone or an iPad? He completely fails to put any credible argument over the most obvious of points, clearly hoping everyone would simply ignore the giant pink elephant in the room that took a deuce all over his article.

  • crazy_black_man- ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Adults game at home on consoles and PC. Kids carry handheld devices around. Sony is adult orientated. They generally cater to adult gamers. Pointless article as far as Sony is concerned seeing as they producing the number 1 console. Sony is in control of their own destiny and they set all trends going forward until their competitors can gain any marketshare away from them with…..GAMES.

    The answer is in the games. Microsoft and Nintendo are both in the same boat. They both need to get some quality games.

    GAMES.
    GAMES.
    GAMES.
    GAMES.

    Did I mention GAMES?

  • Riggybro

    Gamers are older now too.
    Gaming is no longer just for kids having 6 hour sessions while mum and dad do the vacuuming around them. It’s the mums and dads, who have been brought up on video games themselves, that need to fit gaming in to their life now. I know a guy who is 50 who games every night, I talk to him about Witcher, Halo, BF1, Scorpio etc… which is just so different to what it was like when I was a kid!

    I think the huge popularity of predictable (stale?) online multiplayer games like COD are more a symptom of hectic modern life than the popularity of Switch, personally. People just want to come home, turn off, not be too challenged and have quick fun. I think Switch is just a combo of real nice hardware with excellent games and there is a big gap in the market for accessible family fun games. I want one :o)

    For the future-future, I think PSnow is on the right track. Subscription based streaming is the future… but yeah it’s too premature because internet connections are not there yet (but in saying that not everyone has to stream at 4K).

    • Holeybartender

      Not to mention most of the people making video games are 50 themselves.

  • Holeybartender

    Hmm lets see…Wake-up,go to work,work,come home from work, stay home and play games or go out (friends,movie,date,baretc). Nope,I believe there’s more time to console than to mobile game. Unless it takes 2 hours to get to work then you’re usually driving not playing games. When you go out are you playing mobile games? For maybe the brief car ride to your destination. Home is where everyone spends the majority of their time and that is console gaming time.

  • Gamez Rule

    Sony are already supporting *play anywhere* and have been for a while.

    https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/explore/ps4/features/remote-play/

    https://www.sonymobile.com/gb/apps-services/remote-play/

    Meanwhile MS still haven’t released any game within the first Five months of 2017 classified as a full exclusive for Xbone users #stillwaiting


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