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For them to achieve what you are proposing today or by next year, it will cost well over $300 (I cannot see anything under $700 with that level of hardware) and come in a much heftier form factor.You will most likely be waiting 5-8 years for a system like that.

I can, however, see Sony entering the market with a more recent Tegra chip or a custom AMD APU (albeit none that will come much closer to the PS4 Slim than the Switch did).But devs will be required to port their games over, so it will not play PS4 games out of the box (PS Vita, PSP, perhaps even PS3 through emulation should be possible though).



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Cloudman said:
I just wonder how they'll get their CDs to fit in the device, unless they make it a bit bigger.

Good point. Could be a digital only device, but that didnt work very well for the PSPGo...or any other dedicated gaming system.



I think both and Nintendo are likely to do a Switch (which did a gamevice). They will have frankenstein controllers too. It's the right idea for maximum portability.

However, the portable SKU will always be a generation behind. I think a PS4P and XOP will need Tegra Xavier in it. When that happens it'll be 2018 or 2019 and the PS5 and NextBox are probably releasing in 2019/20.

I still hope they go for it. It's just another SKU (and form factor), but it will have a shitload of games and it'll be supported forever. Thing is, it'll have to be download only, so people will bitch about it, but SD card support is a must. I also saw an idea on GAF about a super mini that's download only (think Apple TV, but a tad bigger). As a download only person, I like that.



Nintendo made the switch as a counter to Sony's absolute domination.

Sony is still the absolute nr1,they don't need to counter anything.
Sony is done with handhelds



 

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While Nintendo could have squeezed a bit more power into the Switch while maintaining affordability (their timing with the processor and need to release a bit early hurt them), they really came darn close to perfectly hitting the only sweet spot there is for this sort of "hybrid"/advanced handheld/w.e you wanna call it.

I feel like the handheld described here would melt in your hands and cost more than the Scorpio.



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KLXVER said:
Cloudman said:
I just wonder how they'll get their CDs to fit in the device, unless they make it a bit bigger.

Good point. Could be a digital only device, but that didnt work very well for the PSPGo...or any other dedicated gaming system.

Oh, that's a good point too. That'd be one way to do it. I wouldn't really see them doing carts on top of CDs in stores.



 

              

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KLXVER said:
Cloudman said:
I just wonder how they'll get their CDs to fit in the device, unless they make it a bit bigger.

Good point. Could be a digital only device, but that didnt work very well for the PSPGo...or any other dedicated gaming system.

Times have changed and people buy more digital now than ever. PSP GO is the only download only dedicated gaming system ever. It had problems with the proprietary memory card which was too expensive, but many people still liked it. 

A theoretical PS4P with high storage NAND inside and support for SD cards would tempt me. As would the aforementioned download only super mini SKU that I mentioned above. Tech is not there today though.



NewGuy said:
KLXVER said:

Good point. Could be a digital only device, but that didnt work very well for the PSPGo...or any other dedicated gaming system.

Times have changed and people buy more digital now than ever. PSP GO is the only download only dedicated gaming system ever. It had problems with the proprietary memory card which was too expensive, but many people still liked it. 

A theoretical PS4P with high storage NAND inside and support for SD cards would tempt me. As would the aforementioned download only super mini SKU that I mentioned above. Tech is not there today though.

The Ouya didnt do great either. Neither did the Onlive thing.



What Sony needs to do to counter the Switch: Nothing.



Sony can't do anything because Nintendo puts their 100% into their portables. Sony only wants to give 30% tops, and focus the rest on Playstation 4/5. So they will never match Nintendo.

Is Sony willing to make a real mainline Uncharted game and release that for the portable? How about The Last of Us 2 only for the portable? No? Well Nintendo is willing to make Mario Kart 7 and other mainline entries for 3DS, and now with Switch it will have all their IP. Sony will never be willing to match that IMO. 

And with Nvidia as Nintendo's mobile chip partner, Nintendo could always match/exceed anything Sony brings to the market, Sony has no magical technology that Nintendo can't get from Nvidia that would be better or equal.