As any Switch owner knows, one of the biggest selling points of the console is the ability to seamlessly transition from docked to portable mode and play your games wherever you like; it's the USP that Nintendo pushed from the beginning and has given players the freedom to take their AAA titles on the road – as well as enjoy them on a big-screen television in the comfort of their living room.
Combine this with some impressive third-party ports for titles like Witcher 3, Alien: Isolation, Wolfenstein II, DOOM, GRID Autosport, Dragon Quest XI, Dragon's Dogma, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Cuphead and Hellblade, and there's little wonder that many Switch owners are perfectly happy to call the machine their primary console; while external publisher support could always be better, there's no denying that Nintendo's hybrid has been blessed with a wide array of killer third-party titles to complement those produced by Nintendo itself, as well as those created by its second-party studios.
Even so, using Switch as your 'go to' console does throw up one tricky dilemma... you're arguably getting an inferior experience in terms of visuals and performance
Even so, using Switch as your 'go to' console does throw up one tricky dilemma, especially if you're lucky enough to also own a PS4, Xbox One or PC. While playing titles like Witcher 3 on the go is a massive boon – we're still flabbergasted that developer Saber Interactive was able to shrink that massive open world into a machine as dinky as the Switch – you're arguably getting an inferior experience in terms of visuals and performance. As amazing an achievement as Witcher 3 is on Switch, it's clearly not on the same level graphically as its siblings on other systems.
With a few exceptions – Dragon's Dogma and Cuphead spring to mind, as they're pretty much like-for-like when compared to versions elsewhere – you can almost always be certain that if a multiformat title comes to Switch, the versions available elsewhere will be superior – at least in terms of presentation. Which leads us to the 'sacrifice' element of this discussion; when you pick to play on Switch even though a 'better' version is available to you, you're willfully accepting a downgrade – usually because the benefit of portability is so significant.
This has really hit home for me personally in the past week or so. After bouncing off it several times in the past (and on other systems, I should add), I've finally become hopelessly addicted to 'Switcher 3'. Every spare moment I have is spent in Geralt's leather boots, finding quests to partake in or simply exploring the massive world in search of new villages or monster nests. During my time with the game, I've become painfully aware that while it's undoubtedly a towering technical feat, it has some very rough edges. The visuals often become fuzzy, character and environmental detail are reduced and the frame rate has a habit of dropping dramatically at busy times.
Now, if I decided to play this game on my PS4 or Xbox One, some of those issues would evaporate immediately (but not all; it's worth noting that Witcher 3 has its performance wobbles even on other hardware). I'd also be saving myself some cash, as – at the time of writing, at least – the Switch version is considerably more expensive than the PS4 or Xbox One editions, which have been out for years. So why aren't I playing it on any other system than Switch? Simple, I've made the aforementioned 'Switch sacrifice'.
I'm aware that I can't possibly speak for everyone, but as a father of three, my time with the main TV in our home is limited, and when I do eventually get control of it at night, I find that the last thing I want to do is park myself in front of a large, glowing screen and embark on an epic quest. I'd much rather lie down on the sofa and play in handheld mode – something I can do literally anywhere in the house, at any time of day.
I don't think enough is said about how Switch makes gaming almost 'frictionless'; it's so easy to scoop up the console at any point of the day and drop into a game in seconds
Also, I don't think enough is said about how Switch makes gaming almost 'frictionless'; it's so easy to scoop up the console at any point of the day and drop into a game in seconds. In contrast, turning on my PS4 often means waiting ages for updates to download and then booting up a game from a cold start – and then having to turn it off again when a family member decides they want control of the TV.
Again, I know I don't speak for everyone – a large proportion of you may have your own personal TV, located in a room that only you have access to for most of the day – but even so, when I have the option of playing on the television, I still tend to choose the Switch, largely because it just feels so effortless to drop into a game for 10 minutes. Maybe I'm lazy, but that 'drop-in, drop-out' nature really appeals to me – and it extends to anywhere I might find myself in a typical day.
If I'm in the Nintendo Life office, I can just take my Switch with me and experience the exact same game there. On public transport? That doesn't mean my adventure has to end; I've got my Switch with me. This might sound obvious – heck, it's been Nintendo's hook since the day the Switch launched – but I'm mindful that, by choosing to play titles like Witcher 3 on Switch, I'm 'giving up' something at the same time: I'm sacrificing playing the game the way the original developers intended.
The waters become even muddier when you consider that, unlike other platforms, Switch seems to have gotten the bum deal when it comes to patches and updates. Titles like GRID, Witcher 3 and Bloodstained have been subject to a series of massive post-launch updates, mainly to get them to a state where they play and perform as closely as possible to versions available elsewhere. Bloodstained is a good example; as a massive Castlevania fan, I played it at launch – which was arguably the worst time to experience it, as it was something of a trainwreck on Nintendo's console and has since been updated to bring it more in line with the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions. It was never going to be a like-for-like comparison, but I'd arguably have enjoyed the game more had I played it on my PlayStation at launch, rather than on Switch. Again, that was the sacrifice I made in order to have Bloodstained at launch and by my side, 24/7, whenever I fancied dropping into a game.
I wouldn't say that my enjoyment of Witcher 3 is being sullied by that niggling feeling that I'm somehow 'missing out' on the 'full fat' experience, but it's definitely something I've considered over the past week or so as I've gotten deeper into the game. It's a situation that is only going to become more obvious once PS5 and Xbox Series X arrive at the end of the year, and the gulf between rival consoles and Switch becomes even larger.
Will the 'Switch sacrifice' become even harder to make in 2021? Time will tell, but for now, I'd still take comfort and portability over the 'big screen' experience every single time.
It adds up those minutes you wait for the other consoles to boot up. It adds up when you're constantly finding some "time" on the couch to play MHW. Switch is instant games, it changed how much I play.
yes. Its not as big a deal as people make it out to be. Artstyle > graphics
If the game has benefits to buying on PS4/Xbox over Switch then I'll most likely get home and Switch versions. The only time I don't by the Switch release will be if it's either digital only or the game itself suffers from being put onto the Switch.
I don't have many opportunities to take advantage of Switch's portability, so if a game comes out on PC I will buy it there instead of on Switch. My Switch is only for exclusives I can't get on PC.
This also helps me avoid the "Switch tax" that makes the games more expensive - sometimes significantly so - than what it is sold for on PC.
Always when possible. Love the little system and the versatility. I play everything on Switch when it’s there while having some of the games on pc already.
It’s the best gaming invention the industry has gotten in the last decade, perhaps even two.
Well sometimes you don't have a more powerful console and you just have to stick with the Nintendo switch. But I think if you only have a Nintendo switch then you could take your chances on getting games on the switch, the downside is it might not be as good as the actual thing but it is still worth it most of the time. The only bad thing is it sometimes priced way to much for the switch version and the version on others console that run better are like 30 $ cheaper and the switch versions are always priced really high for what your getting but I still love the portable and the Dock so its all fine here.
I'll always buy or play the Switch version ahead of the PS4 (which I own) version. I just prefer the handiness of being able to play portable on the couch if my wife is watching TV. And of course to take it on the go with me.
I really couldn't care less.
The portability makes the Switch my first choice by default, It's a massive plus.
If push comes to shove, i double dip (PC versions are, thanks to Steam deals, Humble etc. often dirt cheap anyways).
The rare occasion when i decide against picking things up for Switch is either due to massive technical issues (Think the Ark disaster, wouldn't touch that with a 10 foot pole anyways, but you get the point) or if the Switch version lacks features or support.
And luckily, both are a rarity.
So yeah, there is no "Switch Sacrifice" in my book. Portability alone elevates it above and beyond in most cases.
I've been surprised how much Ive used the portability factor. Used to want to just play on the TV, but many games work really well in portable mode and it allows me to play more often, such as when I'm watching sports on TV. Vertai games, like Xenoblade, I prefer on the big screen. It did not translate well for me in portable. Currently using portable mode to play the remastered Final Fantasy games. It's fantastic this way.
Only have a switch. Next most powerful consoles I have are the 360 and Wii U.
Anytime, Everytime. I even hold off on purchases of games suspecting a port may be in the works.
The harder question for me when deciding which platform to buy it on is, would I rather have portability or trophies?
Not bothered so much about visual downgrades but don’t like the idea of losing out on PS4 trophies if the games on Sony’s console as well.
If it is available on any older nintendo system, I will get it there. If its modern console only then switch is my only option
@Einherjar Compared to the witcher 3 and ARK I think they could've done a way better job with ARK on switch. I haven't played either of the games i have mentioned but i have seen each one and ARK just doesn't do it for me.
@datamonkey A trophy system would be awesome on the Nintendo switch but who knows.
The Hardest Switch Choices Require the Strongest Will.
I have a tribe of children ranging from 21 - 3. So being a family man time and money mean I can only afford 1 system. Switch is perfect for my needs plus I've always been a Nintendo gamer.
When the "PRO" comes out, I will give the switch to my children
For me there is no sacrifice. Most of these big taxing titles we’re talking about I don’t really have any interest in. And as others have said the convenience of the Switch is a massive win, being able to pick it up and take it with me is a boon as well as rejoining a game from sleep in seconds.
Why not have both? They've made ports that have decent performance and still are portable.
I literally never play on the TV anymore, the portability is why I choose Switch over other consoles
Switch is my only current platform, but even if it wasn't, I would still go with Switch. The portability is just amazing, especially for RPGs which is my favorite/most played genre.
I don't care about picture quality or framerate as long as it's not like an unstable 15fps or something, I can manage. Price on the competition isn't a concern either, if I don't have another platform and have no real interest in playing it elsewhere, I don't care if it's $2 somewhere else.
So yeah, no sacrifice for me.
I have bought a few games on both PC and Switch and I've found out that I never play the PC version despite superior graphics. So, yeah, the Switch is just too convenient to bother with other versions.
Well I recently bought a gaming laptop, but I'm using it for all the games that DON'T come to Switch, cause if I have to choose I prefer the flexible and time-saving nature of the Switch.
For example, I got The Witcher 3 on Switch D1 eevn though I knew I'd be getting a PC.
I still haven't played it yet (just a couple of hours), but I wanted to award their willingness to port it and the amazing technical feat they've achieved.
Edit: and yeah, I guess I'll be playing Doom Eternal on Switch, too, if the delay isn't too long.
I do it on a case by case basis. Is it cheaper on other platforms? What kind of game is it (genre)? Do I feel like I could get all the trophies for the game on PS4? Do I already have previous games in the series on the console? Am I willing to double dip (DQXI - spoilers, yes)?
Depending on these factors affects my choice to get the game. For example, I have triple dipped on Skyrim, and am willing to double dip on Doom, but Doom for Switch is so expensive, especially given that I got the PS4 edition for £12 physical, so combined with the inferior experience (30fps vs 60fps), I am unlikely to buy. Decisions, decisions...
Portability was never a factor for me in getting the switch. So no Ive yet to make the "sacrifice" but that could change when I inevitably decide to get a version of DQ11. And since I love getting games physically, I can tell you it's much more annoying to get up and eject the cart and push in another one than it is to get up to press eject and slide a disc in.
I like being able to see clearly the work devs put into environments on a nice big screen. Which is why I always think if Xenoblade 2 was multiplat, gormott wouldn't look like a blurry mess of pixelated greens lol.
Most big titles like Wolfenstein I wouldn't want to play portably, but I did pick up Mortal Kombat 11 and Starlink for Switch despite the graphics being better on say, my Xbox One X, because I want to be able to play Mortal Kombat 11 portably. (Starlink has all the Starfox content so, necessary.)
I also purchase quite a few smaller indie games that would be much cheaper on Steam, but I'd rather have them portably to play anywhere at anytime than be tethered to my laptop and an internet connection.
I have a switch to play first party Nintendo games. I don't own a switch because it's portable and I love to play on the go. If Nintendo released a pro version or console only variant I'd go play there. Essentially I'm playing lesser versions of Nintendo games because there is a large group of Nintendo fans who don't care. It is what it is.
My Switch sacrifice is small screen vs. TV play. I love to park myself mere feet away from the game room TV, but doing so means I'm (usually) physically separating myself from the family and (2) cannot get anything else done. So sometimes I'll sacrifice the clarity of the big screen to see all the action for portability (and play while making coffee ; )
Depends on the game
1. FPS, AAA Open world/Action. Switch last option (DOOM, Witcher)
2. Anime/Indies (like Hollow Knight and Valkyria). Switch 1st choice.
What I never do is Wait/Beg months (or years) to play my most wanted list. "Convenience" of the Switch is worthless if it does not have the game I want.
Did not wait for Disco Elysium to make it to PS4. Or DBZ: Kakarot to be on Switch.
When you remember the game in 10 years, it's gonna look like you played it in 4K in your mind. In my head, Super Mario Galaxy looks amazing by today's standards, but it was only 720p.
Unless a port is a total mess on Switch, I actually choose the Switch version over the other versions - this is coming from a person who has both an Xbox One X AND a PS4 Pro. I just find the "pick up and play" capabilities of the Switch to be so much more convenient.
I share the TV with my family, so the majority of my time gaming is spent either playing on the Switch in tabletop mode (thanks Hori Stand) or using the Xbox App/Remote Play app on my Surface Book 2 to play Xbox One/PS4 games, respectively.
I'll make the sacrifice depending on the game. Like I waited for Dragon Quest to come to switch, because the only way I'm going finish that type of RPG is if I can play it on the go (as well as when I sitting in my house). I tried Doom (2016) on the switch, but I prefer the PC version of Doom.
I don't like being tethered to a tv/pc because I grew up on portable video game devices. The portability and convenience of handheld games combined with the duality of the switch, so I can play a game with someone if I want, is a dream come true.
I own three copies of the Witcher 3. Computer, Xbox and Switch. Even though I can play it on the computer for the best graphics, having a handheld device that I can move around the house with, is the best option. Want to tilt the screen a little, check, move to another room, check, lay on the couch, check, play on the pooper, check. Having more control of how and where to play games is just too awesome.
Wow, a whole article about first world gamer dad problems. Lol
I spend a lot of time working throughout Europe and sometimes I can be sat on a bus for hours on end. Just having access to games like The Witcher 3, Doom, Civilization, and Diablo on the go - on top of Nintendo's first party lineup - is absolutely worth any graphical downgrade. I could never have completed The Witcher 3 in particular if it had not been ported to the Switch.
No, I never makes this kind of sacrifice. Сomfort playing is very important for me and I prefer playing in better and cheaper versions of games on my PS4 or PC. I never played on my SWITCH in multiplatform games, because this version usually the worst. The Witcher 3 and Wolfenstein II looks horrible on SWITCH. I think, that versions of this games not should exist.
I think, that we need 2 types of consoles - home and portable with different games and that SWITCH is hybrid - is a huge minus for it. It is not a home console, beacuse it is so weak for modern games and it is not much portable, because it is too big. Nintendo made a right thing, then it released SWITCH Lite, but it must be released sooner, because I and many other peoples, who wanted buy a portable console, already have original SWITCH.
If it's a current gen multiplat (such as Dragon Quest XI or the upcoming Trials of Mana) I'll go for the PS4 version for the better performance.
However, if it's an HD remaster I'll play on Switch, as the sacrifices will be minor if they're there at all (Okami, FFX, Onimusha, etc.), though even then I play almost exclusively on TV. When I do take it on the go I pop in a game I already beat to replay some favorite levels or do some other extra content.
Naturally, I play exclusives on their respective platforms, and by following these rules I can guarantee I have something to play on both platforms. Currently playing Torna on Switch, and Kingdom Hearts III on PS4.
Depends if I already have the game on PC or PS4. I also think I’m going to “double-dip” on certain games, but it rarely happens.
There is too much out there to repurchase the same game again. Unless it’s been 4+ years and I’ve forgotten a lot of what happened.
For me, it depends. If it's a massive RPG, nine times out of ten, I'll make the sacrifice and buy it on the Switch. But other genres and, more specifically, games that I know have a major disparity in visual fidelity between the Switch and my PS4, the sacrifice for portability just isn't worth it for me. And it's not just because of visuals, but also because I absolutely detest the joy-cons and find it very uncomfortable to use the Switch in handheld for more than a couple hours at a time.
If a game I want comes out on Switch, I'll play it on Switch
If a game I want doesn't come out on Switch, I'll play it on my PS4
Simple as that
Switch is my console of choice, I don't own anything else. I was a lapsed gamer for a LONG time until the Switch came out (got mine July 2017) and it fits my life perfectly. I don't even really pay attention to the other consoles so I don't care about what I'm missing. I have enough games to theoretically last til the end of time on my Switch so I'm good. I look at everything rad that comes out as bonus.
@Jeremazing I agree wholeheartedly about handhelds being ideal for long rpg's. It took me almost a year to finish Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii in about 90 hours. I'm around 70 hours into DQ11 since the end of December.
Hello everyone. Had no idea Pushsquare and NintendoLife were buddies lol. Im sure i will be here more now. I much prefer the TV if Im home. Use handheld to play Mario Party turns in between cooking etc. Sometimes with the wife
My switch is great for portable gaming. I will only every buy giant RPGs and Action games for the switch if they are first party. Unless they are games like monster hunter or God eater since my wife can play those with me.
However, dragon quest 11 and Ys 8 will be ps4 type buys for me. Both games bolster incredible scenery and I don't want to sacrifice a clear view on well designed aspects of a grand landscape.
I grew up with the NES and SNES. I can remember playing a Star Fox 64 demo at a kiosk at Toys R' Us and thinking I'd never seen anything that looked so amazing. Games can reach incredible visual heights, but they could already do that 10 years ago. It takes a special kind of incompetent to make a game look "ugly"
The Witcher 3 might look better on PS4/PC/etc, but there's no way you're going to sit a guy like me in front of a portable version of
an epic of that scale and grandeur and have me feeling like I've made a "sacrifice."
Switch is my only console so I don't have to make any decisions between versions. Not like it would matter anyway because even if I owned an Xbox or something I would still buy a game on Switch because I love the console and I can take it with me. Also price isn't a factor for me because all the Switch games I've bought are the same price across the board. I am really confused about "Switch Tax". Never seen a multi-platform game more expensive on Switch at Wal-Mart or on the eShop. So no sacrifices here!
@Audiogore0733 agreed and I would definitely sway my purchasing decision towards switch over PS4 if it had one.
Can’t see Nintendo implementing it though tbh...
I travel for work. I used to carry a 3DS and often a home console too. I'm glad those days are gone. For now it's either on Switch for me or I just won't get to play it.
I cant think of any game that's come out on switch and everything else where I've not opted for the switch version. It's just so much more convenient. Witcher 3 is the only one I'm on the fence about, but I've had it since it came out on PC and never got more than half an hour. Being able to play overwatch and rocket league anywhere is amazing though
DOOM 3, DOOM 4, Skyrim, Diablo 3, The Witcher 3 and Horizon Chase Turbo. I own all these games on both Switch and PS4. I have never, not even once, played the Switch version on my TV, exactly because they're inferior. But they are amazing portable titles! Playing these games while I'm away from home is just such a fantastic experience, and I love having that opportunity
My biggest issue is the switch tax. Take No no kuni remastered for example. £25 on PS4, £45 on the switch. I don't mind lower quality graphics, but I'm not paying twice the price.
So I stick to one rule: Indies and exclusives on the switch, the rest on PS4 unless I find a good deal on the switch, but it has yet to happen. Not mentioning most games being released ages after other systems
I love my Switch. I use it more than anything. However, games like the Witcher 3, I don't care to play on the go. Recently, I bought a digital copy of the GOTY edition on PS Store for $14.99! The $49.99 price tag on the Switch for this, in my opinion, wasn't worth it when I have a PS4 and I can buy it for cheap. While, I do appreciate that the game can exist on the Switch as well, in a case like this, I just feel it's not worth it to pay more for portability.
@Illusion "but I did pick up Mortal Kombat 11 and Starlink for Switch despite the graphics being better on say, my Xbox One X, because I want to be able to play Mortal Kombat 11 portably."
I did the same for MK11 and played it happily for a month or so portably.. then I jumped on the PS4 version on sale and haven't really touched the Switch version since... I just can't go back to the horrible hair, blurry in engine cut scenes or the joke that is the Krypt on Switch
Every time, the portability factor is too great to pass up...Especially since the graphics are high enough that anything more is unnecessary
I have no qualms about double-dipping for the portable Switch version of a game I previously enjoyed elsewhere. Some people might complain that the Switch is little more than a port machine, but that's what I love about the platform. If it were possible, I would want every game from Atari 2600 to PS4 made available on Switch, preferably with a physical copy if possible.
I have the Switch, a Pro and a Scorpio. For me, it depends on the game. A game like the Witcher, I would NEVER buy for Switch. That’s my Scorpio all day. Now, I originally bought FighterZ for My Pro and thought ‘If they did a good enough port for Switch, this would be a perfect game for it.’ As it turned out, they excellent job on it. So I bought the Switch port too. I bought all the dlc for the Switch version and my PS4 copy has since gotten dusty. I guess I have to feel like I’m not missing out on whatever feature the Switch can’t accommodate. The three rank like this for me: Graphics/3rd party/1st party = Scorpio. Exclusives = Pro. 1st party/portability/indie = Switch
I find myself with less and less time to sit on the couch in front of my PS4/XB1 or even in front of my PC just to play a game. The portability is a huge part for me! Games that I know will never appear on the Switch, I get on the PS4, but for the most part my "Home" consoles gather dust. If the "Switch Pro" version of the hardware launches in the future then I can confidently say that I will most likely not be playing much of my other consoles at all, but this is just my opinion and preference. I have double dipped on almost every game that has been released by third parties and I look forward to all of the wonderful new games that keep coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch console.
Indies or remasters, sure, why not? The Switch version is going to be so minimally 'worse' (if even at all) that the option for portability is far more appealing.
Something heavily downgraded though, like DOOM? I prefer shooters with a keyboard and mouse anyway, but that aside, a game that is intended to look graphically brilliant and can run at 60FPS elsewhere, I would rather spend the time I have at home playing it in the best possible way I can.
Theres enough games on Switch that this isnt an issue anyway, I think I'll live if I deny myself the option to play a downgraded version of a game on the toilet. I would much prefer to have games designed for or that aren't affected by the Switchs hardware 'on the go' and save those more demanding games for when I do get a bit of time at home with some more powerful hardware...No sense playing the overpriced and under performing Switch version of DOOM when I have a hefty computer upstairs, nor is there any reason to limit Hollow Knight to my house.
Prior to the switch, I always had issues finishing up RPGs and then when i moved to the city I didn't want to buy a TV cause I didn't have cable. The switch has totally changed that up. And now I have a TV (because of the urgings of my boyfriend). I feel so great to be in the game and up to date on current at least nintendo gaming.
It depends on the game. Nintendo games are find on the Switch, but big third party games are not best played on the Switch.
You can watch The Avengers Endgame, for example, on your Smartphone, but it won't be like watching it at the cinema.
Portability can be a big price to pay.
For me gyro controls makes a world of difference. Since I also have an Xbox, for Doom Eternal I'm seriously debating on which platform to play it, as while the Xbox build will look better, but I just can't stick aim anymore, gyro is the only way a shooter is fun for me, specially in Doom where enemies move a lot and are very aggressive. So I'll probably choose Switch, as both Doom 2016 and Wolfenstein looked good enough for me.
Aside from gyro, just being able to pause and resume a game right where I left off in literal seconds means a lot in my ability to play them.
If Doom Eternal were coming out 3/20/20 then I would get it on Switch. I love having all my games with me wherever I go. Also, sharing a tv with a partner means that having the portable option is always worth the "sacrifice." Unfortunately, I am impatient and will not wait for the delayed Switch port
Gotta get me that Doom Eternal as soon as possible!
I can play switch when I have free time, which as a parent is pretty rare. So I play my games that way. No matter how great the game looks on another system, I can't take those with me, I can't use them while someone else is using the TV.
Sometimes I do purchase games on Steam/PC for better performance, but the portability of Switch often wins out.
Nintendo is genius for using the WiiU and 3DS as a stop-gap while hardware tech got to a point at which they could combine their handheld and home console.
They saw the trend of an impatient/busy society... bet on portability and won this round.
Honestly I’ve never chosen Switch over PS4 or PC. I have my Switch for the exclusives and other than games I feel fit the console, like Hollow Knight and Katamari Damacy, if a game is cheaper elsewhere I’ll get it there. I just don’t have the spare cash being a student so I’ll get games second hand for a few quid on the PS4 but Switch games are just so expensive.
I would love to touch on the "Switch tax" as it is being called. I find it funny that we will all pay upwards of $70 for games, new on certain platforms, but start to gripe when they ask a price similar to that for the game on the switch. I don't feel like it is a "Tax" but having to account for the cost of releasing a game physically and porting it to a console that some people might prefer to play on. If you don't want it on Switch, don't buy it...but please, don't harrass the developers and publishers for trying to amertize the cost of bringing it to another group of gamers that may not have played it before on another console.
Trying to think of a game I've done this with. FFXII Zodiac Age? But it's not exactly cutting-edge on other platforms, anyway.
Oh, Rocket League. That one definitely suffers on Switch. Still very playable, though.
I mostly buy first-party and indie games on my Switch, so performance is rarely an issue.
As someone who has a high end gaming pc, I buy pretty much every game I can on the Switch. Honestly I couldn't tell you why other then I just prefer gaming on my Switch.
I only sacrifice once a month with every new moon to appease the gods
I own Doom, L.A. Noire, and Dark Souls. I plan on getting The Witcher 3, Dragon Quest XI, and The Outer Worlds.
If I can play a game on Switch, that is my first preference. Portability and the associated convenience are so much more important to me than sharp graphics.
Depends on the game for me. Some games, like Doom and Wolfenstein II, I wouldn't even consider getting on Switch. Other games, like Yooka Laylee, Spyro or Phoenix Wright, I wouldn't even consider getting anywhere else!
Owned a Ps4 Pro and an Xbox One, had the free games memberships (ps plus and Gamepass), still bought the games on switch, cause well, it just feels better and nicer and... Can't explain it. Sold both consoles (ps4 and xbox) cause I barely touched them and just wanted to play on my switch. 😳
I only have a Switch. I fell out of gaming for a little while because I rarely had the time to sit down and play. The Switch was an absolute godsend for me and the only console I need. Graphics are so far down my list of priorities when it comes to what i think is a good game
I have a PC, but I almost never play on it. Except for the occasional magic arena. Tbh, it's more a comfort thing, as I prefer to game from the couch and not at a desk...
Depends on the kind of game for me. Turn based Rpg's I prefer on the switch whilst shooters and hack and slash don't feel good with the switch controls so I get them for my ps4.
Honestly I have the Witcher on Xbox One and never had time to play it... I thought about getting it for switch as It would be easier for me to find the time but can’t bring me to make the leap as it looks too different. Instead I’m hoping for a switch pro... I really want to get the full experience as it suppose to be one of the best game this generation...
I wouldn't be playing any game if it required me having to sit down on a chair in that certain room at home with the console in it. It doesn't matter that I do in fact play some games 90% on the TV. Not having portability is out of the question.
This article perfectly describes my own situation or "1st world gamer dad problems" as someone above put it I have a ps4 and a switch but generally always go with the Switch version of a game where possible since I can play it without hogging the TV.
Even when the TV is available I often prefer to multi-task and play in portable mode while watching something else in the background.
I dont know if Id call the Witcher 3 or Wolfenstein 2 good ports. Witcher 3 has legit hardwork poured into it but the constant dynamic resolution changes are enough to make me feel ill. Wolf 2 is serviceable, but so foggy that it actually impedes your ability to play a game where it asks you to carefully spot and fire on and hide from enemies. Regret my Wotcher purchase though. Cannot get more than 5 hrs in and am not adjusting.
Never, Nintendo consoles for me are solely for exclusives and the portability factor does not apply to me since I only game in my home, and my PS4 works like a charm and turns on in a matter of seconds just like my TV I don't get the "I save seconds with the Switch without having to turn my TV unless you have an old TV and games on other Platforms are cheaper than on Switch so you save a lot of money
@nessisonett totally agree, the switch game prices are crazy l mean zelda still costs the same now as it did when I bought it and that was at launch, yet games like red dead redemption 2, god of war and horizon zero dawn cost like £12.
Surely Nintendo would benefit from lowering the price after a certain time has past. This is why I use boomerang rentals to rent 90% of my switch games
What sacrifice? I don't really care for either. I want to play Super Mario, Mario Kart, Metroid and Zelda and every other game is a nice bonus for me. 🤷♂️
Plus, a like the insane versatility of the Switch and the Joy-Con.
What annoys me more is the switch delay. Where its a month late to launch a game
Depends entirely on the game, how much is sacrificed, and how much is gained.
In general, I'm willing to accept visual downgrades that aren't TOO drastic and (stable) performance downgrades in games where a high framerate isn't absolutely necessary. With that said, if a game isn't going to benefit too much from portability, or if the sacrifices are too severe, I'll just play it on something else.
Portability always wins for me. Right from the gameboy till now it always wins. When you work full time and have all the other responsibilities of adult life there simply is no time. My biggest regrets this gen are owning the PS4 and Xbox one. One sits collecting dust and the other is my YouTube machine.
I make it every time in regards to any platform (unless I'm past or close to beating the game with no replay plans), and there's no sacrifice therein. The "visual" experience is entirely based on design, style and other artistic components of said visuals; this is how video games have captivated visually since the days when 4K and crisp effects would have sounded like science fiction to some. And stable performance isn't even guaranteed on the more powerful machines (including PCs - your most juicy rig will still be subject to dozens of background processes, Windows hijinks, possible malware or the antivirus programs wreaking havoc in pursuit of what they deem as such, driver and plugin relationships... you name it), so why would I chase it for the price of playing the "superior" version a grand few times a year, if at all? Portability is the superior factor even in handhelds, and Switch liberatingly puts its owner in even more control. Whenever the aforesaid few times come, or whenever I host or visit friends, or whenever there's a time and mood and place for some portable one-screen multiplayer, or whenever I just want to play the tabletop mode alone - it's all there. I won't need to change systems. I won't need cross-buys, I won't need cross-saves, I won't need streams. That's what Switch is about - trying to fit and adapt to your lifestyle dynamics while most other gaming platforms expect your life to fit or adapt to them.
There's a constantly growing wealth of games entering this hybrid environment. Once they're on Switch, you will likely not catch me looking at them on other platforms sans the aforementioned cases. And whatever games Switch might not run up to the devs' standards now, the very probable "Switch U 64 Advance" or whatchamacallit will run them in several years. The future is now, and it has a distinct clicking sound.
Playing Dragon Quest XI right now on the Switch, not even sure how much better it looks on other consoles because it still looks beautiful on the Switch. Even though it looks better on the TV I still have played the majority of my games in handheld mode because the TV is in high demand in my family (though lately the Switch has also been in very high demand).
Still I am a little backwards, last few days I have been playing Dragon Quest XI in handheld mode and Crystalis on the TV.
Honestly none of the voting options really appeal to me.
I do have some games on the switch even though my main gaming system is PC but these game are mostly games where I am not really bothered with FPS (e.g turn based games) or if the fps is 60 on the switch (but this really depends on the game).
There has only been one game I have bought (yet to play though) on the switch where it is both a visual downgrade and performance downgrade is the witcher 3 so I can play it portable but waiting for the right time and after the next update even though I own it already on PC.
But majority of the time I will buy my games on pc as I prefer having the performance over portability.
We have 3 switches and 1 PS4 in our house. We rarely play our PS4. I also purchased games for the switch that are better on the PS4. We own and play overwatch daily. I'm almost finished with Wolfenstein. I own and finished L.A. Noire. I want The Witcher at some point. I could have purchased for the PS4 but I prefer to play them on the Switch..... Worts and all!
Really the only games we play on the PS4 are exclusives.
The portability is a big deal in our house. Being able to play on the TV one minute and in another room or a lobby or outside another minute is a MUST for me. This is the biggest reason for not playing the PS4. Rarely do I get decent chunks of free time to dedicate to playing on a TV. I own great games for the PS4 that I'm afraid I will never finish!
I don't care really. If there is a game I want on the machine and can afford it, i'll get it even if i already have it 2 3 4 5 times ..ahem
Funny that Witcher 3 is at the nucleus of this article: I bought Witcher 3 on PS4 and since, also bought it on Switch just because of that what you mentioned above: Updates and updates and updates and booting from a cold start take FOR. EVER. on PlayStation 4. Plus I can play it handheld and not right over the TV. And because I don’t ever play PS4, there’s always an update to be had which stops me from playing. So Switch gets my money each and every time, and if it’s not on Switch, I don’t play it! The Switch is the best thing since whipping crumbling walls and finding meat in them.
I currently own 14 physical copy Switch games and 11 of them are exclusive to the Switch.
The other 3 are:
Just Dance 2020 (my daughters / wife's game nothing to do with me)
Lego Jurassic World
Games such as Fifa, crash bandicoot and crash team racing, sypro etc I did buy on the PS4 because I thought they'd look a bit shinier.
I'm a bit of a graphics nerd so if there's a better looking version available (that's usually cheaper as well) then I'll go for it.
I should add that my Switch spends probably 95% of its life in docked mode hooked up to the TV, so the portability factor whilst being a nice option isn't really a massive deal for me
I have not played Dragon Ball FighterZ on any system other than switch and I don’t know if it’s a “sacrifice”, but if it is, it is due to ignorance and a sale price. Also to have a more conventional fighting game on the system compared to Smash, but still has character appeal (which Garou does not and I regret buying it).
Other than that, no. Maybe I could do an exception for Civ6 because online multiplayer is not an issue for me. But I wouldn’t even buy an indie FPS on the system.
Personally i don't care about portability. I use my Switch as a home console(with a few rare exceptions) and i only play games that were meant to be played on it with optimal performance. And i'm perfectly happy with that. It's what i bought it for. Every AAA third party title is played on my pc as i believe that these games shouldn't be played in handheld. You're loosing too much of the experience they offer. As is the case with many Nintendo games(i.e. BOTW, Astral Chain etc). My stance on portability is this: just because it exists as an option it doesn't mean it's worth it in every single case.
Just my 2 cents.
As long as fps is consistent I really don't care about a visual downgrade. I'm more for the story than how realistic some trees and grass look.
I can't really vote. Sometimes I have went for other platforms for a better experience and sometimes I have opted for portability. Mostly games where it's not as noticeable, like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro. Witcher 3 is ps4 for me and will stay that way. Doom is close enough, though, so will purchase it in Switch when I'm low on new games to play through.
For all these people with the budgets for multiple systems it sure sounds like there's very few tv's per household that one would feel inclined to choose the switch just to free up a tv. I have a tv in every bedroom, the kitchen, living room, basement. Perhaps that's overkill but I'm never choosing the switch because I need a free tv. On the other hand not all my tv's are 4k so that did limit my xbox one x time.
I pretty much buy all multiplatform games for my PS4 Pro as I get a much better experience with those games than I would do on Switch, added to that generally they launch on that before Switch anyway. Portability isn't much of a selling point for me and my Switch basically functions exactly the same way as my Wii U does and generally speaking with Switch I just play Nintendo games or more retro focused titles
Nah. I’m only using my Switch in docked mode and for exclusives.
I find the Switch actually creates time for gaming that simply wasn't there before (and yeah, I'm a father too).
10 minutes on Stardew Valley on the sofa before bed? Sure. There is no way I'm booting up the PS4 10 minutes before bed though.
If that's lazy then that's fine by me, I've even gone the extra mile and switched to full digital so i don't have to mess around with cartridges.
It’s not a sacrifice, it’s a trade off and one I’m happy to make. I’ve got my XB1X and PS4 Pro set up on a 4K TV in the kitchen but usually I’ll go for the Switch version first as that’s the one that I can play the most-on a flight or on a boring night shift at work. No point playing a better looking version of a game but seeing less of it (and that’s before we get to the slower boot times of my tethered systems) because of time constraints. It’s also handy to avoid being ignorant and ignoring my wife by going in the other room as soon as the kids are in bed.
Convenience is a huge plus, lower fidelity a minor loss. No contest.
Stable fps on the other hand... no compromises here though.
Low fps or unstable one can really ruin the experience for me.
Make it as low as 480p or 240p but be constant and fluid.
I always always choose performance. If it's a multiplatform game that runs better on PS4, I will choose that version every single time. If it's a retro style game that looks and performs the same on all platforms, I always go with Switch.
I'm of a different cloth.
Firstly I'm a collector. I love having multiple versions of the same game. As long as the game is well made and ported, I'll happily rebuy a game for the right price.
Secondly, I love to re-experience games and different versions of a game. Xbox, playstation, and steam reward you with achievements for playing the game on those platforms, and that's cool. As long as the game is enjoyable itself, I find it fun to 100% a game multiple times. The Switch, just gives me a game to play. And does so in a manner much more like the old school consoles. No fans drowning out the sound, no notifications popping every two seconds (I'm aware you can turn them off on other platforms). It's just you and this game. A game that is running, not on the highest end of the highest end, but on a mobile chip. And that makes the results far more impressive than the best looking games on the other platforms.
Everytime. Only games I might get on other consoles are ones that don't come to Switch. And even then it's a case of will I get the chance to play this. Abandoned Witcher 3 on xbox purely coz I didn't have time for it. Im flying through it now on switch and loving it. Looks gorgeous on TV and handheld.
Will do the same soon with assassin's creed games too.
I'm usually very Jewish when it comes to how I spend my money, but with the Switch I'm willing to make the sacrifice. Games like Resident Evil, Rayman Legends and Alien are games I could easily buy for my PC at a cheaper price and with better performance but playing my favorite games on a handheld device just doesn't compare. Is like a childhood dream to have a handheld with home console power and games so I'm really happy
Whenever there is a choice, regardless of game I will take the Switch version, even the dreadful FIFA’s 19 & 20 (and they are dreadful), this is despite knowing that it will usually cost me an extra £10 for the privilege & won’t be the full game on the cartridge. #Sucker
Cheapest first, which means PC wins out every time.
I'm probably in the minority, but I've never made the Switch Sacrifice because I very rarely take my Switch out of the house. I cheer when some big third party game comes to the Switch for the sake of others, but I'll buy my copy for the PS4.
I'm one who almost always favors the Switch version of a game. Your mileage may vary, of course, but this is how I roll!
I have a PS4 Pro, an XBox One X (as well as the base versions of each) and a GTX1070 / i5 Kaby Lake-equipped gaming PC, which in practical performance / visual terms just edges out the 1X. So I have several gaming options at my disposal that significantly outperform the Switch, but the freedom and flexibility of the Switch is something that I just find myself prizing so much more than the extra visuals and/or performance, such that if I can play it on Switch, I usually play it on Switch.
But it's not simply the handheld aspects of the Switch that push me this direction. If it were merely a handheld, I don't know that it would do nearly as much for me. For instance, I have no interest in the Switch Lite whatsoever. Though circumstances do see me playing my Switch in handheld mode a lot more often than it sees me playing in the dock, the latter is my much preferred way to play. And it's that I can do both, and transition seamlessly, with nary more than a blink of the screen between playing a handheld and playing a home console that makes it so special and compelling to me.
One thing I will say, though: if I like a game well enough to play through it twice, THEN I like to play it on one of the beefier systems that second time for those enhanced visuals. In the case of the Pro, 1X, and PC, it's like a generational leap, and it does a lot more for me, than if I went the other way around, where the second playthrough would feel like a downgrade.
Anyway, if you're not sympathetic with this, and this isn't how you do things, that's fine. That's the beauty of choice in the industry. Your mileage may vary. But as for me, the Switch has become so ingrained into my gamer DNA, that I can't really even envision doing things differently at this point, and while I certainly wouldn't cheerfully surrender or abandon PS, XB, or probably even PC, the fact of the matter is that I could much more easily and painlessly lift them out of my lives, probably combined than I could let go of Nintendo's little wonder!
[edit: S**T!! I clicked the wrong option in the poll. I read the choices in a hurry, and misread "yes, and it has bothered me" as "yes, and it HASN'T bothered me", interpreting the distinction between that and the "I don't care option" to be a case of indifference vs active pleasure. So I voted wrong. Tally me up with the "don't care" option instead, gang!] 😂
I only play my Switch for exclusives currently because I have enough time for PC or PS4 for multiplatform games but if things change, and hopefully batterylife of portable consoles improve I could easily see myself in a position to play everything on a machine like the Switch.
Portable for me all the way.
The Switch is just Genius.
I had a Ps4 but it collected to much dust so i sold it. Then i had xbox one shortly after it also collected dust. Now i only play games on my switch.
I’m sticking to exclusives (Smash), puzzle games (Namco Museum), retro on the go (Mega Drive Collection) or nice little cheap re-releases (Jedi Knight 2, Grim Fandango) on Switch. Anything else is on my Xbox One; either it is significantly cheaper and a much better experience (Doom, Wolfenstein) or effectively free through Game Pass. Switch games are ridiculously expensive.
I mostly buy Nintendo consoles for Nintendo games.
If it is significantly better performance AND significantly less expensive on the PS4, then I'll buy it for PS4.
I chose yes and it has bothered me. Doom is the shining example of this. That was the first and last FPS I will buy on Switch. I don't care for them on any console to begin with, but I thought I'd give that one a go and the experience was awful compared to the PC version.
That being said, other games I have purchased on Switch and they're fine. RPGs and platformers, which there's some I have repurchased just to have them portable. Mortal Kombat 11 was one I was fine with graphical sacrifices to have it anywhere.
It's game and genre specific for me whether or not the sacrifice is worth it. Price point is a big factor, especially when some titles are double or even triple the cost on Switch, sorry but I just can't justify that.
Switch is my preferred console. I have everything else including a gaming pc, but I spend almost no time on any of them. What is the point of all that stuff if you don't have time to be shackled to a TV? If it isn't an exclusive and doesn't go to Switch at this point I assume the devs didn't want my money anyway. I have beaten more games (bought more games too) because I have the freedom to take my system anywhere. Had surgery last week and spent most of my 2 hour wait playing Switch. Got through the DMV line playing Switch as well.
Also the visuals aren't the trade off that kills me anyway (as a pc gamer and mod user I'm not that impressed with the twins inability to consistently put out good visuals as is). It takes forever to install a new game on ps4 or xbone (pc is faster for me), and with constant updates I feel like I spend more time preparing to play a game than playing one on the twins. Even worse when the load times are longer. I stopped playing AC Odyssey due to the constant updates eating up what little tv game time I had. I just went back to ACIII on switch for my AC fix. I have double dipped so many times (at this point I wait a year on releases just in case a Switch version is on the way) because that is the only way I can beat games. Had the Witcher 3 on pc for years...never got past the prologue. I've been actually playing that game recently on switch.
As such I don't mind paying full price for games. At this point the only day one games I buy are on the switch. Anything else, if i even get it I can wait for black friday to have it cost peanuts.
For busy adult gamers...freedom to play is worth graphics any day of the week.
I've only got one kid damo but this article captures most of the reasons why I bought a switch! My time on the big tv with ps4 is limited so switch is my indie and Nintendo first party go to. I couldn't care less about trophies, has no bearing on my choice. I picked switch versions of LA Noir, okami, skyrim and civ6 ahead of other platforms. I'll be picking Wolfenstein 2, dragon quest xi, maybe dragons dogma, call of juarez and unless it's a mess, outer worlds on switch. Also gyroscope aiming is amazing and should be an option on other consoles
Switch pretty much always now. I am a PC gamer, Switch is my only console. Only games I still play on PC are FPS, MOBA, and RTS, ones that pretty much require a mouse imo.
I do hope in future versions of the joy-cons (if they ever happen) they release an analog trigger as racing games are not as good on the Switch due to this simple thing, and before it is said, yes you can use the game cube controller but I play portable 95% of the time.
I think a big reason to choose Switch wherever possible is you can keep portable systems long term – therefore you can invest in game purchases for the long term.
With home consoles not everyone wants to keep multiple systems hanging around – therefore you have to be more choosy about the games you buy – especially digital ones.
The Switch is something I plan to be playing in a decade – because I can alway keep it tucked away in a drawer.
That for me seals the deal.
Portability wins out over better visuals every single time, all else being equal. I did get PS4 version of Dragon Quest XI simply because info on the Switch version wasn't available yet.
I'm definitely in the minority here, but my only current gen console is the Switch. I do consider myself to be a "hardcore gamer," for lack of a better term, as gaming-realted endeavours make up probably 90% of my free time, but I see no need to invest in other systems. I've always played on Nintendo systems and they have the games that I want to play.
That being said, there is the odd PlayStation game that I'd like to try, but I can't afford to purchase and support more than one platform at a time.
Shout out to the games where the Switch version is the definitive version!
New Super Lucky’s Tale
Dragon Quest 11
All come to my mind
Switch is brilliant: I don’t care about certain concessions as long as the game plays well and maintains the essence.
It is why Nintendo need a switch pro or switch 2 to make sure the switch concept carries on for years and years like the ps and x box.
I'm handheld only. But when you've come from playing DS/3DS games, there really is no "sacrifice". Everything looks pin sharp and cutting edge!
I'll generally choose portability over graphics, unless the change is jarring. The games (that are lesser versions) I've either double-dipped on or chose Switch exclusively for are:
exclusives = *
No. I did buy Ys 8 on Switch when I didn't have a PS4, but now that I have one I will only buy exclusives on Switch.
I don't play portabily either. It's always a worse experience than playing on TV for me. If I cant play on TV then that means I have better things to be doing.
@1UP_MARIO I do the same thing. Just my collection is a little smaller than yours
It does strike me as a bit odd that choosing Switch versions of games is framed as a "sacrifice." I mean, certainly, games on Switch, in general, don't run as well as games on PS4. But games on PS4 don't run as well as games on Xbox One X. And games don't run as well on Xbox One X as they do on mid-range gaming PCs. And, of course, the sky is the limit when it comes to gaming PCs (or, rather, how deep your wallet is). But nobody frames playing a game on PS4 as a "sacrifice," even when those versions often perform noticeably worse than they would on an even a cheap-ish gaming PC (usually this is just down to lower framerates in games, with many home console gamers being stuck with 30fps versions of big titles, but then you get cases like Fallout 4, where the demanding fog effects in the Far Harbor DLC had to be removed to get it to run decently on the PS4).
What strikes me is that, with Switch, it's less a sacrifice than a trade. If I play on Switch, I'm trading performance for portability. That's not the case with the power consoles. Playing a game on PS4 vs a decent PC is sacrificing performance and image quality, with nothing gained in return except for some platform-exclusive trophies.
@SortingHat No idea. Depends on how GPU/CPU heavy it is, what optimizations are made, etc. A year ago I would have told you that a playable version of The Witcher 3 on Switch was a pipe dream, but here we are.
Whenever a game is on both XB1 and Switch, I'll mostly pick Switch because of its hybrid nature and the OS is so much faster.
The thing is:
I love my switch, I adore the damn machine, and I didnt care for the so called switch sacrifice but I for the love of all that is sacred cant bealive how low quality the joycons are.
I have 2 pairs and I have Send both to repair and the newest ones are drifting again to the point that Im about to give up, making almost imposible to play on the go...
If Nintendo realese a Switch pro I wish they upgrade the controllers.
@WesEds I do share my games with the kids so there’s something for everyone.
I do have a standard ps4 with VR, but I only played VR games on it in the last year or two. I rarely ever complete a game on a home console anymore, and portability (and gyro-aiming in some games) really made them more enjoyable, even at half the fps and all that, even when the same game on ps4 couldn't hold my attention. The only game I still play on my tv is Ring Fit Adventure.
Since I changed my working place to a place I don't need to commute to with bus, but can walk to, I've started valuing performance more than portability, as I don't use the Switch in portable mode that often any longer. Certain types of games, such as RPGs with grinding etc I prefer the Switch for, but the usual AAA type games are going to my Xbox One most of the time nowadays.
Still love the Switch though, and for games that offer similar performance, such as a lot of indies, I usually go with the Switch version.
This was the first generation I didn't get a PlayStation as my secondary console since the PS1. The extra incentive of having a DVD/Blu-ray player/streaming device isn't there anymore. I'm also spoiled on the portability and ease of play with Switch. Over half my Switch games are third party games, so I don't feel like I'm missing out there. Switch has changed the way I play games. That's worth a small sacrifice in fidelity for.
Unless the Switch version has exclusive stuff like Dragon Quest did i will always pick the PS4 version because of the much better visuals and stuff like Trophies. That said i don't mind re-buying games for the Switch or getting a "remastered" version like Dark Souls what i own on both PS4 and Switch, new releases though like the new Doom coming out or something i will buy PS4 first and then later on if i loved the game i will then get the Switch version.
Worth pointing out i live on my own so providing i'm not working or busy elsewhere i'm free to watch or play what i like on my TV, i get though that many can't do that so rely on the Switch for gaming and in that sense its great that many big games like The Witcher 3 are on the Switch.
The Switch (or any good portable system) can also be the digital equivalent of curling up with a good book.
It lets you get some quite time away from the TV/front room. Playing alone is not a selfish activity any more than time stuck in a good book. So despite what companies (including Nintendo) try to sometimes sell us - not everything needs to be multiplayer/social/connected. I think a lot more people want to go back to chilling in that way, like they did in their youth.
I can't wait for Animal Crossing as my next cozy 'book' and that kind of experience isn't right on a slick system like the PS4 or XB1.
Switch and the lite provide that personal feel and charm that we had with our Gameboys in the 80s (yes I'm one of the older ones around here).
I got hooked on the Atelier RPG series. When one of those games has a Switch version I buy that version.
So I had to get Firis and Sophie on PS4. Playing the first part of Sophie the over world moving felt wrong, the smooth 60 frames per second made me motion sick as I was tuned to the more Cinematic 30 FPS standard 😉
Its so much easier to pick and play these RPGs for a while. I also like the quietness of the Switch. My PS4 Pro sounds like ik can take off at any moment.
I own a Switch (primarily as a portable), Xbox X (4K TV) and a gaming PC (ultra-wide monitor) plus assorted peripherals (steering wheels etc). Juggling which platform to buy a multi-platform game on has become something of a headache. Love the switch for portability (away from home) but some games simply aren't suited to the small screen (strategy games with mouse controls, lots of tiny text boxes, multiplayer games requiring constant, fast internet connection) - in that case its Xbox or PC. Other games like racing games often require the sheer spectacle / tactile feel / high frame rate that I better achieved with a console or PC..... but there's a whole bunch of games that sit in that gray area where you have to weigh up portability against performance and price. I've made a number of mistakes where I've regretted the platform I initially purchased on only to wish I'd gone the other way. Sometimes even the room I play in affects how I enjoy the game... some games require my full upright attention sat at a desk, others feel much better slouched in an armchair and others are great for a 15 minutes blast whilst travelling or sat in a coffee house.
@1UP_MARIO New Super Lucky's Tale snuck in the middle there! Nice! That game may as well be a Nintendo first party and deserves it's place with such calibre titles around it!
I can't get over how good that game looks on my littl' lite.
Switch or PS4 version for the same games ?
Depend on the title and how did the developer deal with the porting onto Switch.
If the Switch version is much better than PS4 version (All DLC in cartridge, has physical release while no physical release on PS4, played better in handhelds mode) i will choose Switch version.
If the games looks very identical and worthy enough, as long no graphical downgrade, i will consider both Switch and PS4 version (Double dip)
If PS4 version looks better than Switch version due to developer laziness in porting, i will choose the PS4 version.
Despite all the extra content DQXI has on Switch, I still think the PS4/PC versions are the way to go. I don't often go on graphics, but man, the visuals in this game are just gorgeous.
@brunojenso it looks great on the tv too. I haven’t started my file yet but my sons being playing it and it looks fantastic. Definitely recommended for 3d platform fans
Every time I play a game oh my PS4, I make the sacrifice as I could have likely played that game with way better visuals and load times on PC.
The same goes everywhere, when it comes to graphics:
PC > XBoxX > PS4Pro > PS4 > XBOne > Laptop > iPad > Switch
But all these devices offer pros and cons. With the switch I can go anywhere, same with the iPad or Laptop, but I get built in game controls. Sometimes the iPad is best. Sometimes the laptop with a keyboard is left.
The better the visuals, the more I’m locked to a cramped space. I got one XBoxX, so that sits in one room, but 3 PS4s in different rooms, still hooked to a tv, and the desktop is the most restricted on my desk.
I kinda can understand why people focus so much on the superior visuals and how playing anything else is “a sacrifice”, but for me, every single platform has sacrifices.
At the end of the day, if the game can pull 30fps and look pleasing to my eyes, I’ll play it on the platform I’m most comfortable at. That tends to mean switch or remote play from my laptop, more often than not.
Doom and Wolfenstein for me. Wish I got them on pc. I’ve got doom pc now and it’s like a different game on pc. 🤯
Never thought about it. But it's not my only system. I also never allow it to leave the house. $350+ is too much for it to get broken or stolen.
I mean I've had Gameboys, 3DS' so playing any of these games are awesome in dock or portable.
Most ports I feel aren't even that serious of a downgrade. I like the convenience of being able to move my game between docks in my house so I'll usually just buy it on switch.
People here act like when snes was out they spent their entire time playing gameboy.
Literally playing on it right now in bed! Overwatch time!
So I am going to say that portability is more important to me and has been since I got a ds. Finally console quality games on the go. Switch is the best console I’ve ever owned.
Now I am also playing Jedi fallen order, and have to state howwhen play I see tons of graphical issues, pop in, frame rate stutters, all on my next gen console that can’t go with me. Which is why I’ve owned the game for over a month and am only 8 hours in, but I’ve logged near 50 in switcher 3.
Switch is a portable. Both versions.
Here’s a funny story. I bought Wolfenstein II for Xbox One on Black Friday in 2017 for $20. I didn’t get around to playing it until the following May, shortly before it came out on Switch. When I did play it, I hated it. I finished it, but it was through sheer stubbornness. I didn’t enjoy the game at all. And then, because I’m stupid, I went ahead and bought the Switch version. The funny thing is, I loved it on Switch! And I loved it for all the reasons mentioned in this article. It turns out, I just prefer playing video games on Switch, even if they don’t look as good, because it’s so much more convenient. In fact, I ended up selling my Xbox One, and now the Switch is my only current gen console.
I have the Witcher 3 on PS4 from over a year ago when I picked up the console. I started it but couldn't get into it. Then I got it on switch and I'm now near the end of the DLC. I'd have never got through the game on PS4, mainly due to the updates, downloads and start up times you mention. Plus the fact that I can mop up undiscovered locations on the tube.
Honestly, I have games like God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn festering because I can never be bothered to fire up the PS4. I feel like the point of diminishing returns in graphics has come for me. Unless Hidetaka Miyazaki is involved, then the rest of the world might as well not exist as far as I'm concerned.
It's not a sacrifice at all. I always choose the Switch version of a game. I've played games since NES and Game Boy, graphics aren't even a secondary concern, they're below that. What matters to me:
Gameplay is first
Story/flavor is second
graphics is 3rd
The hybrid nature of the Switch makes everything more convenient.
I owned a SNES and Gameboy. I did not spend all my time on my Gameboy as it was not a merge unit with my SNES as the Switch is, so bad analogy to reference. I sold my PS4 for a Switch and as most the portable nature of an arcade combined with not having to monopolize the TV is way too hard to walk away from.
Most of my gaming time is on the bus, so it’s not much of a choice for me. I have a PS4 but use it exclusively for games that aren’t on Switch.
Pretty negligible differences, and only really noticeable during the cutscenes. Which, as Masahiro Sakurai would say, can all be watched on Youtube anyway.
It depends on the game for me. When determining if I want to buy a game on Switch to get portability for a decrease in performance I ask myself if I'm ever going to play it on the go anyway. Most of the games I play on the go are Nintendo games anyway. If the performance gap is minimal or I'm unlikely to even notice I'll default to get it on Switch, but if it's a game I think I will notice and I don't think I'm going to play it on the go anyway I'll buy on PS4 or PC if available.
I generally will stick to getting the PS4 version of a game or the PC/steam version if there's a good sale mainly for the graphics/performance aspect. My Switch is for exclusives or certain games that lend themselves to being played portably. Or in some cases if for some reason I just feel like the game really fits on a Nintendo console; examples being Owlboy, Hollow Knight, Shantae, and a few other indie games.
Switch is the only current gen platform I have, so it gets every game purchase I make. I think the graphics are good enough and I love having the hybrid portability for TV play or just playing on the couch while my wife watches a show. Games like DOOM, Witcher 3 and GRID show the capability of the platform when given a little TLC.
I must admit I was preferring the Switch but recently moved my living room around and now I'm closer to my TV (I have my own gaming TV in the living room separate from the main TV) I tend to go for whichever option is cheapest, which is usually the PS4 version e.g. DQ XI when I get around to buying it. It is great to have the portability and option though, and I can see the appeal. Graphics are nice but convenience is king and it just feels better playing on Switch a lot of the time.
Personal work and lifestyle choices make handheld/portable gaming king in my life.
as a lover of physical gaming, switch is perfect for me, no installs necessary, day 1, zelda breath of the wild, no internet needed.. just played it right then an there as soon as i got home
Indie games - switch
Third party/big open world games - ps4
Considering that by the end of its life it outsold all the 4th generation home consoles combined (SNES+Genesis+Jaguar+Turbographix 16, etc), I’m sure that plenty of people had the GB as their sole gaming device.
I never use my Switch in portable mode, it's strictly used in the dock, and I will only buy Switch exclusive games for it, if a game is multi platform, I will always buy the PC version not because it might look better or whatever else but because of the price, I'm not paying the added Nintendo tax for a game that I can get so much cheaper off Steam or GOG or where ever else.. indie games are notorious for this, a few quid on Steam but £15 and upwards on Switch.. no thanks
Props to the devs that go above and beyond to make the Switch version the definitive version.
Some of my favorite definitive editions for Switch:
I played Witcher 3 on Ps4. It looked janky on Ps4 but the Switch review footage online looked a lot worse. I played BOTW mostly docked, I think open world games like these, for me, don't need to be portable. The Wolvenstein footage looked great, but again, no need for this to be portable. Links Awakening works well as a portable game as did Axiom Verge, Untitled Goose, Donut County, Gato Roboto, and I notice none of these are graphics intensive or expensive. One issue with AAA games is that they are way cheaper on other platforms, often less than half the price. With many games, that would work well handheld, I end up not buying them because I am waiting for a price drop on Switch to match other platforms.
Most of the limitations, like the odd jerkiness, and only 30fps instead of 60fps, don't hamper the game, so I'll typically stick with Switch. Bloodstained is a great example because I feel it plays perfectly well, even before the patches, and the need to play it handheld triumphed over better performance. Personally, this game should always have been designed to excel on Switch, instead they over-engineered it to take advantage of the Pro/X models, and that compromised the game overall and caused so many delays. Remember, gameplay is more important than graphics!
One game I just got on PS4 was Everyspace. It was on sale for $10 and having read it is compromised on Switch, plus there's so much tiny text (grrr), I got PS4 instead of waiting for it discounted heavily on Switch (still $60). Space combat games need the big screen anyway, and it's one game I simple reserve for the TV. In fact, I generally have games I reserve for style of play: handheld or TV. Like, I've rarely played Bloodstained on TV, only handheld. Horizon Chase Turbo is another. While most TV time is reserved for PS4 games, Pokemon games I generally play on TV.
If I could get more ports of xbox and ps4 first and third-party games on the Switch, I'd drop my other console in no time flat.
I’ve learned through trial and error which cross platform games to get on which system. If they were all equal I would buy every game on Switch, because I get to play it so much more. I tried doom and wolfenstein and it was too slow, and doom I honestly had trouble navigating the levels because I couldn’t tell what certain items were in the environment. Skyrim and DQ11 are fantastic on Switch, and I don’t feel like I’m missing much. I just started the Witcher 3 on Switch, compared to my Xbox one X it looks very blurry, but having to the abiltiy to play such a massive game at my convenience may be well worth it.
I don't care about the so-called 'graphical sacrifice' because I hadn't played Doom 2016, or Witcher 3 before they came out on Switch due to a lack of time to sit in front of my PC to play. What does bother me though, is that these games are 3 times more expensive on Switch because they're "new" -_-;
As a father of two little ones, the Switch has made it much, much easier for me to play and enjoy games. I would hardly call it a sacrifice, personally. There is no chance I would ever get a chance to play The Witcher 3 without the Switch.
My switch stays docked so why would I pay more for a lesser version?
I’ve taken my switch on trips a couple of times but I never played it.
When it comes to ports i mostly buy the games I've never played. If more games had cross save I'd be more likely to pick up the switch version if I played the game previously. As for new releases I'll pick up the switch if it's a decent port. Just having the ability have the portable and console in one version is great for me.
I have the opposite experience. I can no longer bring myself to play my PS4 because I can’t imagine being anchored to my television set.
Seriously, I’ve had KH3 and FF15 staring at me for months, but the idea of “being forced” to sit in my living room is such a turnoff I can’t bring myself to start them.
Every system that plays video games requires sacrifice. You just have to choose.
I don't play in handheld mode, so the only reason for buying a game on Switch instead of PC (or both) is gyro support, the most recent and prominent example being Overwatch (I have it on PC too but only play it on Switch).
All the other multiplatform titles I have on the Switch are graphically not that demanding so it doesn't make a difference for those.
For any bigger title where it matters, I would always buy the PC version instead (unless I want built-in gyro support like in OW, because using the Pro Controller on PC still lacks a recentre camera option which has to be offerered by the game itself).
I’m a bit of an odd case:
I am what is known as, in the Xbox community, an achievement hunter and belong to trueachievements.com and track my gamerscore, completion percentage, etc.
Switch doesn’t have any sort of trophy system so I can play games on it without having to needlessly obsess over every little detail and challenge.
While I prefer to play a multiformat game on the superior hardware (Xbox), I will be swayed more toward the Switch version if the list of achievements is absurd (i.e. Wolfenstein II). The portability factor is an added bonus too, for sure, obviously.
My biggest "Switch sacrifice" was Fate/Extella. The Sony-owned Aniplex ran a promotion through Fate/Grand Order for the then-upcoming Switch port of Extella. It ran at 30fps, meaning it was a step up from the Vita version, but inferior to the PS4 and PC versions in frame rate and graphics. But what really set the Switch version apart from the other versions was that all of the extra costumes were free and bundled with the base game, as opposed to spread out via microtransactions as in the other versions. This was especially important if you didn't like the futuristic redesigns of the Servants (especially the Tron lines on Cu Chulainn) and wanted to see them in their original Stay Night variations or in swimsuits without paying extra.
Furthermore, there was a Switch-exclusive variant of the CCC "Nero Bride" costume that had the zipper unzipped, which flew in the face of the then-popular narrative that Nintendo was less tolerant of lewd clothing than Sony.
I usually only play at home but most of the time I prefer handheld mode. I like having the screen right in my face! Unless it's smash bros or splatoon.
I remember playing Dead Rising on Wii, the Wii version of Ghostbusters and Dead Space Extraction. This was not a sacrifice for handheld play but for the fact that the console was way under-powered. When PS5 comes out, I think there will be less ports and more of these BBB games with AAA branding.
I just end up buying both versions of a multi-port game alot of the time! XD
Witcher 3 is definitely the one game that I can only appreciate on PC, and not just because of better graphics/framerate, though that's a factor. The biggest reason is all of the mods, especially the QOL ones. Infinite inventory weight, auto-loot herbs, auto apply oils and fast travel from anywhere are things I couldn't live without now that I've used them.
There's already so much to do in the game, so anything to streamline the more tedious aspects is huge.
I play docked 95% of the time and always buy 3rd party games for my switch if available.
I went back to the 3ds. Its more of a portable and the games are cheap now. I switch between it and the PS4
Lol for the people that constantly whine that they cant play their games on the PS4 due to constant updates. This only happens because you pool your updates! AND You all know you can start the application without the updates right?
@diwdiws "AND You all know you can start the application without the updates right?"
Only an option for single-player games. If you're playing online multiplayer, the game refuses to let you until the latest build is completely downloaded and installed, as it should.
I bought Doom 2016 on XBox because it was like $10. I now wish I had it on Switch. I bought Resident Evil 4 last week on Switch and am enjoying it immensely. Happy I didn’t buy the Xbox version. Put in some headphones, sit on the couch, have the screen a foot from your face. That’s way more immersion than on my 60” TV 10 feet away turned down to not wake the baby. Switch all the way. Plus I love the profiles on it. My kids understand it and use their profiles. I have no idea how the XBox profiles work and still can’t get It to let my kids play Battlefront 2. So they just play as me.
MK11 was my “Switch Sacrifice”. Still. MK11 portable is pretty b*tchin’.
You can port a ps4/xbox one game to Switch and still make it run/look good if you properly optimise it rather then be lazy
@Narrator1 yes but what games are we talking about here? Aren’t we talking about multiplatform games ported to the switch? Majority of which are mostly know For single player even Doom and Wolfenstein
The era of caring about "the best graphics", "the best tv", "the best sound quality", at least for me, is over.
Even the lowest standard quality currently available is a million times better than what it was just a few console generations ago.
Gimme whatever's clever and I'm good.
The only current gen console I have is the switch and the only thing I've missed is Fallout and Monster Hunter World.
That's a shame, but it's also just a drop in the bucket. There is sooooooo much quality content it's ridiculous.
And for the record, Bloodstained was wonderful and there was NOTHING wrong with it whatsoever on day one since ive only ever played it on the switch. I really couldn't care less that there might be a version out there with slightly better graphics and there was nothing at all wrong with it's performance on switch anyway.
Put this way Witcher 3 is on the go what else can you for more. Try that with a Gaming PC laptop-not going to happen. And forget about xbox/ps4 neither can go on the road.
Did it with both The Witcher 3 and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and I've already gotten further in each of those games on Switch than I did on PC or PS4. Being able to take it wherever I'm going absolutely makes the difference for me, and it's more than worth the graphical tradeoff to me.
Since I’ve been able to play many indie games on Xbox Game Pass, I’ve started holding off on getting indies on switch. I have reserved purchases for AAA Nintendo titles mostly at this point. There will be a few Indies I’ll still get on Switch though: Axiom Verge 2 and Hollow Knight Silksong for sure
@SwitchForce why cant you game on the go with a gaming laptop?
I'm pretty much living in two cities, 60km apart. It's not far, but the Switch is SO much more convenient to take on those trips than a laptop, a mouse, and also a big bulky cable, and also my back hurts, god help me. Graphics are not an issue to me, nor is the switch tax judging from my library. So I guess I'd say I'm not doing anything that feels like a sacrifice? I love this little thing. And a Switch port that works in decent fps and doesn't cut content is always a win in my book.
The one that’s the hardest to justify for me is Nino Kuni, I had it on the PS3 just as my machine was on its last legs. I just can’t bring myself to pay £30+ for a game I know I can get so much cheaper elsewhere. I’ll wait for a price drop, and a lot of the ports aren’t day 1 purchased for me I’ll get them when the price is right. But yes I would much much prefer to play them on the switch.
The only game i have on switch that is on other platforms is DBF and that plays and looks absolutely fine. I really don't ned to play wolfenstein or the Witcher whilst i'm sat at work or in a field. My portability revolves around walking to another room in my house or sitting in bed soemtimes. Framerate for a lot of games really does matter and i will always look to experience a game in it's best possible form. Nintendo need to give us a more powerful system.
Portability is my number one for the switch, it's just so great to crouch into the couch, bed, outside etc. and put in some time in a game. Also the fact that you can just leave a game and pick it up when you're ready to continue is a massive plus for me. Bring on the ports, can we start with Persona 5 pleasssse, can't wait for outer worlds either, deliberately stayed away from that because I can't play long sessions on tv
On the switch I can play the games I want whenever I want without the need for a big screen TV. I'm living together with my GF and we share the TV. Sometimes I hook up the switch to the TV but most of the time I'm just playing in handheld mode. There's no sacrifice for me there. I haven't bought a PS4 or XBONE because I would only occasionally play on either of them and wouldn't make any progress. (Unless save games would be shared but the don't do that). Also since my last home console is the XBox 360, to me the switch doesn't really feel like a big downgrade.
If I'd be living on my own things might be differently but right now the switch is perfect for me.
I have a 1 year old son and in the last 12 months the Switch has been an absolute godsend!! The very nature of the system makes it utterly essential for new parents
This feels a bit like preaching to the choir, but yes, I honestly don't care if a game has a few less pixels and a few less fps. Then again, I don't really play games where fps could make a difference.
The only game I play on the big screen is Asphalt 9 and that is only because the controls are horrid in portable mode. Okay, and maybe because the bigger screen makes it easier to see what is coming up next.
@Cotillion Turok is very fun on switch as an FPS
I've played and finished more games on Switch than I have in the past 10 years prior. The convenience is why. I have a PC, but it's so much easier play on a Switch that I don't even turn on the PC anymore.
I like better visuals and achievements/trophies. But I prefer portability in almost every case
My wife ended up buying me the switch on a birthday for Zelda and other exclusives. It turns out that the reason I had stopped playing video games as much wasn't because I was losing interest like I thought but rather my limited free time as I got older and the switch alleviated that issue. I for one will play any game on the switch first before my other systems for the simple fact that I will actually find time to play it thanks to its portability.
My Switch is a Lite model, so it's only portability for me. I don't have much time in front of my TV set, so I knew from the start that I would only play in portable mode. Ergo, the Switch Lite.
And I just bought Dragon Quest XI S for it. I also have a PS4 Pro (One X too), but I'd never find the time to play this game on TV.
However, on a handeld system, yes I will definitely beat this game. And when I've read all the benefits this version received (orchestal music and 2D mode ! Japanese voices !) it was an easy choice.
I really, really don't care that the resolution of this game will be inferior than the PS4 Pro version. It IS the best version, resolution or not.
I'm only playing Switch and I have never made a single sacrifice. Performance isn't the more important aspect by default.
None since I don't own a ps4 or xbox
I don't make sacrifices for games on the Switch. Games like Witcher 3, Doom etc i own on PS4 already so i have no need to get the Switch version. The way i see it, it's giving those who may have missed out a chance to play these games and that can only be a good thing.
I always have been primarily a PC Gamer. Not because graphic detail, but mainly because of modding capabilities.
But the truth is life steals my gaming time, and the Switch was a salvation! Now I can play during lunch hours, when I'm away on work, anytime, anywhere.
Also, I have Crohns Syndrome, so a lot of bathroom time for me... And being able to take my games with me not only is great for gaming proposes as it also is great for to feel like a normal person.
Resuming, playing Witcher 3 (or any other) with lower graphic detail a sacrifice? Nope not really, maybe a compromise, and one I'm more than happy to do! I would never have time to play a complex game like Witcher in any other platform!!
I think i have 4, 5 copies of FF7
Multiple copies of Ghostbusters 2009, at leats 3 BloodRaynes
And so on
and 9 copies of Vampire Bloodlines for uh reasons.
( my original cd copy was damaged and exploded in a cd drive and i was determined to never have that happen to me again )
I simply do not like being tied down to one place to play games, i can't engage with games in that way anymore, i can do it for maybe an hour or 2, mainly with couch multiplayer games with other people but generally i prefer portable if I'm gaming alone.
I prefer the freedom of taking my game anywhere with me but also having the option to just play on a TV if i ever wanted. In fact this freedom is so important to me that i got hooked on a handful of mobile non pay to win games that are big in Asia.
That freedom the Switch gives me in that regard is worth any additional cost of games on the Switch over other consoles.
Last consoles I had were GC/PS2 only (3)DS and PSP after that, so graphics aren't that of a sacrifice to me. I enjoy Doom a lot and looks fine to me.
Only blurriness I notice in 3rd party games is that some textures are a bit more pixelated but it's not significant. Only the geeks like us would notice but casual people won't.
For AAA Third Party I always buy on my PS4. My Switch is for Nintendo games, Indies, and Retro games only. This is though because I don't play portable at all. My eyesight just isn't what it used to be so it has to be on the tv now. Plus I bought a very nice Bose sound system two years ago and now I want everything pumping through it. But I know people who never dock their Switch so I get it. Really not sure if I am going to bother with PS5 though, at least not in its first year. Spending another $500 on a system, and this year, just isn't in the cards. Beside Breath of the Wild 2 will have all my time when it comes out.
My switch is mainly for exclusives but when I do get multi platform games they are often smaller indies which look exactly the same on Switch. I'm one of those that predominantly plays their Switch in docked mode so makes more sense for me to get on a more powerful console.
I don’t. In all honesty I’m not going to buy a lesser version of a game just because I can take it with me
I'm surprised at the poll results. It doesn't match a lot of the Switch comments over the years at all.
Personally I went with option 2. I've made the sacrifice at times and it bothers me sometimes, but I still make the choice for games I know I'm not going to be dedicating time to on a stationary console.
Witcher 3, though, I'm saving for the stationary consoles. I love immersion in big outdoor games like that.
@psoneboi For AAA Third Party I always buy on my PS4. My Switch is for Nintendo games, Indies, and Retro games only. This is though because I don't play portable at all. My eyesight just isn't what it used to be so it has to be on the tv now. Plus I bought a very nice Bose sound system two years ago and now I want everything pumping through it. But I know people who never dock their Switch so I get it. Really not sure if I am going to bother with PS5 though, at least not in its first year. Spending another $500 on a system, and this year, just isn't in the cards. Beside Breath of the Wild 2 will have all my time when it comes out.
Your whole statement has contradictions upon contradictions.
@dr_psikick But the truth is life steals my gaming time, and the Switch was a salvation! Now I can play during lunch hours, when I'm away on work, anytime, anywhere.
This is what Trolls would like you to think otherwise. Even on the stall.
@SwitchForce How? I was pretty clear on how I play. But I also am slowly moving to maybe not buying a PS5.
I only buy the first party games because third party titles end up costing the full price on Switch. I could go and download DOOM 2016 on PS4 for 20-30 bucks. I got Bulletstorm full clip edition for 10 bucks with no sale on my Xbox One, and unlike the Switch version, it doesn't have a god awful frame-rate drop, and doesn't cost 30 bucks.
I love my Switch but it hasn't really given me a reason to play multi-platform games on it, besides Warframe, Sonic Mania, and FF12.
I did that very thing today. Been umming and ahhing about getting Witcher 3 for a few weeks but couldn’t decide whether to make the Switch Sacrifice or get in on Xbox One. My decision was partly helped by the fact that my Xbox One storage is 98% full and I don’t have an eternal HDD to increase it (and a 500gb one would have cost about £25). Then I discovered this morning that my wife had £18 worth of Tesco Clubcard vouchers so during lunch I popped into a branch and picked up the Switch version for £27!
Switch is my main console and the only one I buy games for. My son has an xbox 1 and sometimes I'm tempted to buy games on that, either because they aren't available for switch or are cheaper/better graphics.
But I don't have time to play all the switch games I want, and as others have said I've got much more chance of completing a game on switch. Some games i play almost exclusively handheld and some i prefer on the big tv, but the majority of games get played on both so hybrid is perfect.
Maybe if there was some kind of cross-save, it would be easier to switch between the "other" version and the portable one. But I never really thought of it this way honestly.
Instead, you could think of this way as the only way to play these games on the go (without streaming and other mobile alternatives in some cases). I'm excited to see how many games we will be getting for our current Switches this year, and as we've seen with many examples last year, these versions could (surprisingly) be Definitive or Complete editions.
Always for me. Switch is the only console I really use since 2017. Ps4 and that way to intend videogames doesn't fit my tastes anymore
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