Former Xbox boss 'surprised' by the Switch, says it has a fighting chance
July 03, 20171 min read
Phil Harrison has been around the block. Although he's most widely known as corporate VP for Microsoft he also worked with Sony Computer Entertainment in the '90s -- now he's a self-described "game investor."
Speaking to Venturebeat he mused on the big three, mostly talking about Nintendo's comeback, noting: "Nintendo has surprised me in a good way. They’ve put some excitement back in, or at least added a dynamic to the console equation that wasn’t there previously. From my focus group of a household with younger children, Switch is definitely the console that gets used. Mainly because of the content types. Surprisingly, the TV-to-mobile use case works way more effectively than I expected. Maybe I should give Nintendo more credit. I really enjoy that."
Going on he comments that part of the reason the Wii U failed is because of the tethered under-powered tablet (because it inherently draws power from the under-powered console), and that due to Sony's efforts to build a "powerful distribution network outside of the US and the UK," they're reaping the benefits now with the PS4. There's a few great insights in the full interview, so I suggest reading it if you have the chance.