With the planned release of the Nintendo Switch gaming console, tech analysts believe that social gaming could get a major boost in 2017. In fact, some analysts believe that social gaming could soon start taking market share away from console and PC titles.
The Nintendo Switch is an intriguing move by the respected Japanese electronics giant. The hardware specs and the portability of the console do not suggest that Nintendo plans to compete directly against Sony PlayStation 4 or the upcoming Microsoft Project Scorpio, which are heavy on hardware specs and processing power.
The Switch comes across as a special tablet that has been configured to play games, but not necessarily AAA titles such as Halo, Mafia 3 or Watchdogs. The few titles that have been announced for the Nintendo Switch are multiplayer games, but they are nothing like Call of Duty; these are co-op titles that call for players to be social in the sense that they are better off sitting next to each other with controller in hand.
In essence, the Nintendo Switch is a throwback to the era when young players used to gather in each other’s living rooms to enjoy highly competitive games. Interestingly, interviews with Nintendo spokespersons indicate that social gaming features such as networking, leaderboards and badges will become standard. There may even be a new social network for Switch players who wish to link their existing Facebook or Twitter accounts.
Nintendo is betting on the power of social gaming for the success of its new, unique console. Whether the company can pull it off remains to be seen.