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Think thrice!

If you're left with only one choice ......

  • Switch

  • Xbox

  • PS4


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Switch for me. Although I don't totally discount the merit of the PS4 and Xbox, they aren't consoles I could see myself happily playing forever. The Switch, however, is so uniquely designed that I would honestly be happy if it were the last console Nintendo ever put out.

I said to my friend recently after a game of Smash Brothers that if I could take a Switch back in time and present it to 5 year old me, I would have viewed the thing as pure magic. Being able to dock and undock it, having detachable controllers on a portable device, it flows so well as a console and I don't think I'm ever going to experience this level of marvel at one again. I feel spoiled in many ways being able to play on one.

Don't get me wrong, I understand that this is all very real technology and it certainly isn't without flaw. The hardware is underpowered, even if justified by its smartphone sized components. However, I have not yet once played a game on the console and thought "Yeah, that needed more polygons" or "This game would have been so much better with 20% more overworld". Heck, we've got BotW on there which I believe is the largest overworld I've ever played on. Nintendo are absolute masters at squeezing as much from their tech as possible and I'd take that any day over the philosophy of "We've put twice as much RAM in the PS5 so you'll see a 25% rise in graphical fidelity".

I have a PS4 and Xbox One. I will likely also have a PS5 and Xbox Two eventually. But I don't expect to be marvelled with them. I await some good games, undoubtedly better technical performance, but I certainly don't expect to be mystified like a 5 year old when I pick them up as I was with the Switch.
 

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Last year I would have picked PS4, however the Switch has had some amazing games come out and due to its portability, I’d pick the Switch hands down.
 

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I have a PC which has all the good Xbox games on it anyway and a lot of the good PS4 games so I'd have a switch for Zelda and the PC for everything else.
 

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I think I’m any case this poll will be biased toward the switch on this particular forum. That being said, I’d certainly choose the switch myself as it has the most games I am interested in and no doubt has more lined up compared to the other two options.
 

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The Switch because it has the best concentration of games that I care about and it's portable. Handheld master race.
 
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I mostly game on a PC, but I had a switch earlier this year, I only owned it for a month before having to return it, and only had two games on it. Those being smash and BotW, yet it was still the most fun I've had in recent memory, on a console at least. I can't wait to pick one up again when (hopefully) I return to my next year at Uni, and pick up other games aswell.
 

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Both the PS4 and Switch have exclusives I like. The deciding factor is how much the indie developers like the Switch and how Nintendo is treating them. Also the Switch is the ultimate future retro console.

In the future when standard HDMI cables have been replaced by better technology, we can still play the Switch easily in portable mode assuming the power sockets stay the same.
The comparison would be using component cable systems today (via compnent or upgraded to S-Video or RBG). Eg, NES, SNES, GC, Mega Drive. You can play them on HD TVs but it's a hassle to get it all set up correctly. Also there is no optical media involved. Good as carts seem to age better. Less chance of scratching the important parts, no optical drive laser to go bad over time. Even the external storage is modern and not HDD.

Sure 720p in the future will be quite a low resolution, just like 240p is now. But the games will still be enjoyable. I can still enjoy 240p games. I prefer them in 240p though. I really don't like 480i.

I think I’m any case this poll will be biased toward the switch on this particular forum.
Correct. However the PS5 being backwards compatible really gives brownie points to Sony. I don't think Sony should re-enter the portable market. However they need to consider backwards compatability always. That actually sells more new games too.
Lets think about it. Say the PS5 can play your PS4 discs (it can!), then people will be more likely to buy a PS5, hook it to their TV, put away their PS4 and jsut use the PS5 for everything. If any PS5 games pop up they want, they'll just get them. If they needed the PS4 hardware out all the time, it's quite the hassle and would make people on the fence think twice about getting a PS5. This does not make the need for a must have console selling game out day 1 a requirement. That is needed for a good launch. It gives the longer term gamers (ie repeat customers) another reason to get the new console)

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As game developers (ignoring hardware) Nintendo objectively wins. Why? Sony don't develop games, the studios they closely work with do. MS make very few games directly also, the development studios they buy, make the games. So it's really a one horse race as the other two are not interested in being there.
 

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