Two decades ago, Sony and Nintendo were prepared to partner on a CD-ROM drive for the SNES. Things went sour. The deal fell apart. And Sony went their own way, eventually launching the PlayStation and paving their own path to success.
Today, the two companies almost seem like best friends. BFFs! And as a dedicated best friend, Sony has decided to do everything that Nintendo does.
Take last night, for example. Sony shared the news that you'll be able to remotely play PlayStation 4 games on your Vita. "Say you're in the middle of an epic battle on PS4, but your kids have just taken over the living room," said Gaikai's Dave Perry as he took the stage to talk about the system's remote play feature. "What do you do?"
The answer? Turn off your TV and play it on the second screen in your hands. Aw! Just like the Wii U! Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, after all, and Sony does want to flatter their buddy Nintendo. Perry didn't add anything about Sony's respect for the Nintendo Wii U—which has a tablet controller that lets you play games on the second screen in your hands—but the message was implied. It was a love letter to Nintendo.
Of course, last night was simply the latest symbol of Sony's undying love for the Mario makers. Remember the PlayStation Move? Sony wanted to honor Nintendo's Wii so much that they released their own version of the Wii controller with a ball on the end. In Japanese culture, balls represent love.
Nevermind that Nintendo accused Sony of stealing their ideas. They're friends! Right? Friends! Would you steal from your best friend?