Today is launch day for the Nintendo Switch. I am not planning to get one, but I hope that it does very well because of what its success could mean for the future of handheld game machines. I purchased my PS Vita a couple of years ago and almost immediately started to wonder if I had made a mistake because of all the doom and gloom surrounding handheld systems in the press. The general consensus was that dedicated handheld game systems were going the way of the dodo thanks to the popularity of gaming on smart phones and tablets. The poor sales of the PS Vita certainly seemed to support that view and I consigned myself to the fact that there would probably never be another handheld system from Sony. Now I am not so sure. It is highly unlikely that Sony would create another handheld that was a stand alone product requiring its own software library. However, I think it is very much possible for Sony to spin out a portable version of the PS4. The games would obviously have to be download only, and that would put off people who like having physical media, but overall I think it would work out well. Sony could even offer an optional dock that would allow you to play games from your PS4P on an HD TV with a dual shock 4 controller. I am not sure how much market there would be for such a thing, but the fact is that so long as Sony were not selling it at a loss it would be quite low risk. Even if it faired no better than the Vita (15 million world wide) that would be OK. There would be no games that are trying to make their entire sales off of that 15 million user base. Instead those 15 million would be just part of the overall PS4 market. It would probably be a boon for indie developers who live off of cheap downloadable games since those types of games would likely be popular on a handheld PS4. If this happens I really, really, really hope that Sony do not (for the love of God) create a new proprietary memory card format for storage. Just use SD cards! IN any case, does anyone else think this would be cool or would digital only kill it for you?