Does Microsoft fear the Nintendo Switch?
The Nintendo Switch’s success has caught everybody off guard– and while there are questions about Nintendo’s ability to sustain that success over the long term, there is also the very real threat of the Switch crowding out Xbox as the ‘other’ gaming platform, and making it less and less relevant in terms of mindshare.
Apparently, Microsoft, too, is very interested in the Switch, because in a survey it sent out to its users ahead of E3 next week, it asked several questions about the Switch and its appeal. The survey was first spotted by members of NeoGAF, and asks users what the most and least appealing aspects of the Switch are. Possible appealing points for the Switch that are listed include local multiplayer, microSD card storage, controller, price, games library, and of course, its signature feature, the portability.
The question is, why is Microsoft so interested in the Switch? Does it view the system as competition for Xbox? Does it, too, fear that the Switch may undercut the impending Scorpio? Is it planning a product that could be a Switch competitor? These are all questions that we hope are answered in the near future.