In an inter­view with IGN Hideo Koji­ma, the devel­op­er of the Met­al Gear series and Death Strand­ing, spoke about the Nin­ten­do Switch.

Koji­ma stat­ed he was always fond of the idea of “trans­far­ring”, the abil­i­ty to play the same game at home or on the go. The PS Vita and PS3 were able to do this by shar­ing save data, but Koji­ma believes the Switch builds on the same idea.

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 then goes on to say that the Switch is the start of a future where peo­ple can play a game on any device. 

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.”

Over­all Koji­ma seems pos­i­tive about the Nin­ten­do Switch and believes it is a sign of change to come. Nin­ten­do has always had large influ­ence over the indus­try even when peo­ple doubt them. Motion con­trols are now a part of every major con­sole despite poor ini­tial reac­tions. Per­haps ‘trans­far­ring’ will also become the stan­dard for consoles.