Shuhei Yoshida: “I have always thought Wii was in a generation of its own. I always thought PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are in the same generation, but Wii was not the same.” “WiiU is the next generation of Wii, which puts it in its own generation.”
Many people will remember those quotes. With the inclusion of ‘always’ in that first quote, we can safely assume that it’s an opinion he must have shared throughout Sony’s gaming division and not just lip service. The ramifications are that Sony as a whole do indeed consider that there are two generations running simultaneously; a Nintendo generation and the generation Sony share with Microsoft. The significance of this mindset has been completely overlooked by the media and yet it could offer an insight into the future of all three companies, especially in light of the imminent launch of the WiiU.