Here's What Kojima Thinks About Nintendo Switch

"The fact you can play something at home and take it outside, this is the gamer's dream."

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Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima has weighed in on the Nintendo Switch.

Speaking to IGN, the veteran designer said he specifically likes the console's hybrid nature. The system combines at-home and on-the-go elements, which is not unlike the "Transfarring" idea that Kojima cooked up for moving data between PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3.

"I believe [Switch] is an extension of that idea," he said. "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 added: "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."

Kojima's current project is the PS4 game Death Stranding. Speaking at RTX Sydney this week, Kojima shared a lot of new insight into the game--catch up on all the big news here.

What do you make of Kojima's comments? Let us know in the comments below!

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BlueFlameBat

Are you sure there's no translation error? Handheld systems could always be played at home.

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joel_wiklund

Fack Kojima!

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kryotech

I personally prefer to game at home. If I'm on the go, like a train ride or something, I prefer reading, listening to music, or sketching some concept art for my own side projects. I'm not sure I'd be super interested in something like the Switch unless it has some amazing games that I must have. I skipped the Wii U, because it was just beyond stupid imo in terms of concept.

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silv3rst0rm

I don't think the "carry your games everywhere" kind of Japanese lifestyle is viable in America.
Doing so makes you look like a "geek" which just isn't very cool this side of the ocean...

Gaming is growing popular, reaches more and more people but still is a somewhat "Taboo" in North American's lifestyle and is best kept for living rooms...

For this reason I think the Switch won't perform as well as they'd hope it to do and most people who will be getting one will use it about 80~90% of the time at home which will render the "portable" factor pretty much useless and have a lot of people return to their Xbox/PS4 and keep Switch for Nintendo's exclusive only like they did with their Wii Us...

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kryotech

@silv3rst0rm: You're forgetting kids. Kids love this sort of stuff, and it's the sort of thing many kids would want.

That and I don't think there's a taboo so much as most people drive to work in the US, rather than commute by train.

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streamline

@silv3rst0rm: You would look like a geek in Japan, too. But the game players are less obvious because so many are on their phones.

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lionheartssj1

@silv3rst0rm: I don't know if taboo is really the limiting factor in the US. I would think it is because the majority of people in the US drive themselves to work instead of riding the train, bus, etc.

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BadJujuEA

[24 hours later Sony HQ Kaz Hirai's office]

"Thanks for coming in Hideo, come-in, shut the door . . . . "

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silv3rst0rm

Usually when I go out of home and it's not for work, it's to actually "make a change" and disconnect from gaming.
I have a 3DS which I never took away for the same reasons.

I can't see myself taking my games along EVERYWHERE I go, that would make me a very antisocial human being in public.
You have to "Pull the plug" from gaming every now and then otherwise the hobby becomes a chore...

I love the fact that I actually have my eyes free to look around to see what the outside world looks like when I'm out.

(I don't even have a cell phone so I have a sort of social life outside of Technology...)

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hughesyboozy

@silv3rst0rm: Well I for one am looking forward to it. During my lunch break I get bored so I play my 3ds (mainly Monster Hunter Generations at the moment) We do have a PS4 in the office, but none of the games interest me.

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streamline

@hughesyboozy: You aren't allowed to bring your own games?

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hughesyboozy

@streamline: I haven't used my PS4 in over a year as I mainly play on PC, so I don't have any new ones to bring ;)

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petey_olivarez

@hughesyboozy: what games are there and what office do you work at that allows you to have a ps4 in the office???

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hughesyboozy

@petey_olivarez: A awesome office, it helps that my boss loves gaming :p

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Sam3231

Kojima I don't care about what you think until you make another MGS game.

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Reuwsaat

I miss Feedbackula...

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Jkittleson

People are nuts.Handheld gaming is the biggest and Nintendo knows this.Your not going to play a game like Zelda on a phone.Yes gaming on a phone is considered handheld gaming.This console will be huge 75-100 million units will be sold.

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silv3rst0rm

@jkittleson: I don't think it'll be "Huge".

They're trying to build hype but I don't know many people around me who actually are excited about it.

The idea is "original" and somewhat nice but, would it really answers a NEED?

Take a minute and ask yourself if you'd really be USING this and having genuine fun justifying the > 600$ expense?
(Console + expensive controllers + a game or two)

I'll wait a while before getting one that's for sure and I think I won't be missing on much!

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Doctor_MG

@silv3rst0rm:

The console comes with controllers, so if you want this plus a game or two you would be sitting at 420$. I

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silv3rst0rm

@doctor_mg: Did you take a look at the "Pro" controller they suggest to play adventure games?

It's MSRP is 70$ us!

(And I guess you'd better get it cause playing with the tiny controlers might not be best on ergonomy.)

Another pair of "Joy-Con" controlers is 80$ as well.

(If you intend to play any couch multiplayer which is usually Nintendo's forte)

So all in all, if you intend to play any complex games (Pro Controller) or multiplayer (Another joy-con) or both, you will be shedding as much money or even more you'd be spending to get either a PS4 Pro or a Xbox One S (Which can have bundles with games and Costco sell them here with 2 controllers for about 20-30$ more than its usual MSRP)

I think the Switch might do better than Wii U (Shouldn't be that hard) but I wouldn't call it "Huge" and pretend they'll be selling more than there's been PS4 sold since "Next-Gen" launch, nowhere near... (You called for 75~100m units, PS4 has it at ±54m so far.)

I really think the switch will attract more "curious" gamers and will be a second console for most.

I can't really figure how someone would want a Nintendo console as their "go-to" game console.

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Doctor_MG

@silv3rst0rm:

The Joycons have the exact same functionality as the pro controller. Same amount of inputs. You don't NEED to buy a pro controller. If you are buying a pro controller that is your deal. Similarly, I could say an Xbox One costs 500$ without any games because I want an elite controller.

Also, I didn't talk about sales. You are confusing me for the OP.

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mdinger

@gamersts: ... and Vita... oh wait!

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Slypher9

Nintendo won't say it but the mobile segment of this hybrid was to appease to Japanese gamers who year after year are drifting away from stationary (console gaming mostly) entertainment... In the west its just a feature most won't use..

I live in NY and it takes me 45min-1hr to commute by train, hell no i'm not pulling this thing out on the subway while i do have a 3ds and i'm ok with pulling that out.. The only place i'll use the mobile segment is on flights and that's if those guys allow electronic..

What worse it seems the thing can't be charge without its docked so that there is another limiting factor..

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Isariamkia

@slypher9: It can be charged with external charging thing. Sorry I don't remember the name for these things but you charge them at home and then you take it with you and when your phone is dead you just use that thing and it charges it.

The Switch uses a usb type-c but that doesn't change anything because you just need the right cable.

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NickBookBurrito

Gaming at home, working and socializing in outside world. The switch just doesn't appeal to me.

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silv3rst0rm

@nickbookburrito: My point exactly!

I don't think the "carry your games everywhere" kind of Japanese lifestyle is viable in America.
Doing so makes you look like a "geek" which just isn't very cool this side of the ocean...

Gaming is growing popular, reaches more and more people but still is a somewhat "Taboo" in North American's lifestyle and is best kept for living rooms...

For this reason I think the Switch won't perform as well as they'd hope it to do and most people who will be getting one will use it like 80~90% of the time at home...

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lithus

Not my dream. It's a glorified hand held. Period. I'm not 13 yrs old looking to drag my toys around town...if you feel the need to, you might want to reconsider your priorities as an adult.

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bussaondabeatho

@lithus: lol Why are you even on here grandad?!

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lithus

@bussaondabeatho: grandad? lol I'm old but not that old. The irony is you'll be in my shoes one day whether you want to or not. You'll be defending yourself to some bellend just like yourself...sear this moment into your preteen brain jr. it'll be your turn sooner than you think

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bussaondabeatho

@lithus: I'm sure I will reach that age if all goes as planned but to think they are aiming at 35 plus gamers toting this thing is nonsense(unless you are a neckbeard..most nintendo fans *don't hit me*). And was that british slang that you threw at me? I'm not a shaft lmao.....28 btw

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Isariamkia

@lithus: So you're telling me that an adult can't do what he wants ? All my life has been a lie...

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lithus

@isariamkia: lol no, I'm telling you not every adult is a virgin man-child who feels the need to drag his toys everywhere they go.

Your problem is your inexperienced youth. Walking around in public with your face glued to your mobile/tablet doesn't phase you a bit. You have no real mature social ego yet. As an adult, you look like a toolbar doing it.

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Isariamkia

@lithus: I'm an adult, I'm not virgin anymore and I've never had my face glued ton anything while walking, it's dangerous and I'm well aware of that, if I use my phone outside I stop somewhere.

So, I repeat, I'm an adult, my life is going pretty well and if I want to take my Switch with me I will do it without any problems because I don't see how it will affect my life. No wait, it will affect it in a positive way because I will be able to play wherever I want !

The best part of being adult is that you don't care anymore of what people think of you, there could be a lot of people like you outside judging me because "He's an adult and he plays LOLOLOL, adults don't play"

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bussaondabeatho

@isariamkia: "The best part of being adult is that you don't care anymore of what people think of you"

AMEN!

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Thanatos2k

Dev number 235 asked about Switch: "It's great, I love it!"

So you're making games for it?

"Uhhhhh......."

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InYourMouf

Before cloud takes over we'd need amazing Internet access everywhere for it to work in a way that enthusiasts would be happy. Even on a great Internet connection, PS Now just doesn't cut it. It's gonna be awhile.

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James_xeno

"I feel like cloud technology is what everything will eventually move to."

NO!

No ****ing way! I'd like to keep and own my hardware thank you. And i'm sure a lot of other people do as well. It's bad enough that forces in parts of the software industry are already attempting to subtly (and not so subtly) force us to swallow that crap.

I have a lot of respect for Kojima,.. But i don't agree with him on this.

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James_xeno

@akassassin11:

I think you need to read up on the concepts of speculative prediction and marketing hype. I don't doubt the prevalence (current and future) of the tech in many things. But you're severely under and over estimating the issues to, and ability of cloud tech ever being able to even mostly, let alone completely, take over the role as primary hardware source in all but a few situations. For one thing.. No net, no games, no computer etc. Slow or messed up net, and you're almost just as ****ed. And let's not even get started on the issues surrounding ownership and privacy for all of your data and files saved on it. It's a pipe dream at best... a meaningless marketing slogan at worst.

And this is coming from somewhat of a tech head.

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@James_xeno: You already use Cloud for many games. Cloud computing is coming, because you can render massive environments in servers, and stream the data. Cloud isn't just streaming video, think beyond that.

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James_xeno

@bc2999:

I know very well what it is.. My OP was aimed more to the conceptual side of the issue. Much like i said up ^ there. Yes, it does have it's uses, but outside of those uses, it's not very practical nor preferable.

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mdinger

@akassassin11: Well if you're playing COD multiplayer you're ALREADY using the internet and accruing the milliseconds right now. Remember the latency of peer to peer should be the same if you're manipulating a video stream as they are manipulating input signals from your controller or mouse+keyboard. i.e. sending you a video stream should add no additional latency as sending player location data assuming the bandwidth is sufficient (which in many parts of the world it already is).