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Opinion Article: Switch Portability Speaks To Me Greater Than 4K Gaming

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It'll be a "case by case" basis for me. Certain games, I care about the accessibility more than the presentation. Games like Sonic, Valkyria Chronicles (if the gods were so kind), WWE games, and a few others I'd definitely buy on the Switch. Other games that are graphics intense or story driven will likely go to my more powerful devices. Even Telltale games are better at home for me.



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I love portables although I used my 3DS / DS / etc in my own house (or at least premises) 95% of the time. Being able to play in the loo or in my bed is a huge plus for me.



On PC I'm very much a retro gamer (and Indie games) right now, so I'm actually more used to 320x200, 640x480 and 1280x1024 pixels than Full HD or higher resolutions when gaming. And those higher res doesn't bring very much to me to be honest. I always rated gameplay higher than visuals, possibly because I'm gaming for almost 30 years now and those old graphics don't bother me. While a couple of years ago portability wouldn't have bothered me much, now that I have to travel around a lot more it has become a killer feature for me.

So yeah, XOX and PS4Pro don't bring anything new for me, the Switch, on the other hand, very much so. Even moreso because while I don't mind blocky graphics, I do mind choppy graphics, so low framerates are a no-go for me. It's funny and ironic that the least powerful console actually has a much hugher tendency to go 60FPS than its much more powerful competition.



Neither portability nor 4K has any value in my eyes.

Honestly the return to a split controller with motion controls is the Switch hardware's biggest draw for me. Well, apart from the fact its the only place I can play the likes of Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2, naturally. ;)



Barozi said:
I think portability is dramatically overrated.
When exactly is it useful?

During school/work? Certainly not.
When you're at home? No advantage over a console/PC.
On the way to school/work? Only if you use trains/busses (and longer than say 10 minutes per ride).
Is anyone going outside just to play with a handheld? Even then a laptop/tablet would suffice.

And don't get me wrong, 4k is just a bonus.

I've found it incredibly useful inbetween classes at college. Finish one class, don't have anything during the next hour, and I'm too lazy to walk back and forth between buildings in time for the next class. It's a lot more convenient, imo, to just be able to pull out a singular 4x12 inch device rather than a laptop + a controller/mouse if I want to play a game where a keyboard alone won't suffice. Really, I think that convenience factor is what makes the portability so appealing. If you have to wait somewhere for a while, it's a lot more convenient to just be able to use this one small device than a much larger and bulkier laptop.

A tablet would, in theory, carry the same capabilities, but it also doesn't really have any games I'd like to play. Plus I'm pretty sure tablets are nowhere near powerful enough to run most console games, although I could certainly be wrong about that.



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curl-6 said:

Neither portability nor 4K has any value in my eyes.

Honestly the return to a split controller with motion controls is the Switch hardware's biggest draw for me. Well, apart from the fact its the only place I can play the likes of Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2, naturally. ;)

Well, portability can have value if the developers use it as part of the gameplay in my opinion. However, with 4K, I don't know what they can provide that would be unique, better graphics is the only thing I can think of, but I don't count that really.



VGPolyglot said:
curl-6 said:

Neither portability nor 4K has any value in my eyes.

Honestly the return to a split controller with motion controls is the Switch hardware's biggest draw for me. Well, apart from the fact its the only place I can play the likes of Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2, naturally. ;)

Well, portability can have value if the developers use it as part of the gameplay in my opinion. However, with 4K, I don't know what they can provide that would be unique, better graphics is the only thing I can think of, but I don't count that really.

To others maybe, but not to me. I have no reason to play Switch portably, I simply don't like playing games that way. On the couch on front of a big screen TV is he only way to go for me.



curl-6 said:
VGPolyglot said:

Well, portability can have value if the developers use it as part of the gameplay in my opinion. However, with 4K, I don't know what they can provide that would be unique, better graphics is the only thing I can think of, but I don't count that really.

To others maybe, but not to me. I have no reason to play Switch portably, I simply don't like playing games that way. On the couch on front of a big screen TV is he only way to go for me.

Well, if a game requires touchscreen controls though, then that would be a situation like I'm talking about.



VGPolyglot said:
curl-6 said:

To others maybe, but not to me. I have no reason to play Switch portably, I simply don't like playing games that way. On the couch on front of a big screen TV is he only way to go for me.

Well, if a game requires touchscreen controls though, then that would be a situation like I'm talking about.

But again that wouldn't have value for me cos I'd rather play it without touch controls on the telly.



curl-6 said:
VGPolyglot said:

Well, if a game requires touchscreen controls though, then that would be a situation like I'm talking about.

But again that wouldn't have value for me cos I'd rather play it without touch controls on the telly.

Man, you respond quickly! But I was talking about a game that would require them, not a game where it's optional. Not sure if that'll ever come up though.