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Portability or Power?

Switch's portability is f... 18 18.95%
 
Home consoles all the way... 33 34.74%
 
I lean toward portability, but I like both. 13 13.68%
 
I lean toward graphics an... 23 24.21%
 
PC MASTER RACE FTW!!! (n... 8 8.42%
 
Total:95

So I recently made a thread about the pricing of Switch games compared to PS4 game, and the topic kind of blew up.  So then I got to thinking, the subject at hand would make an excellent poll.  This is not to turn into a flame war, it is mainly directed at those of us that have both a Switch and a home console or this gen.  If you only have one or the other, you are still welcome to join in.  But offer something constructive as to why you picked one console as opposed to having both.  Your input is still very valuable, as long as we all stay civil on the topic.

 

On on hand, you have portability.  The Switch allows you to play not only at home on your TV, but also on the go.  When it comes to portable consoles, the Switch is the cream of the crop and nothing else can currently compare to its power and performance.  On the TV however, you still get better performance and visual quality than last gen consoles, but it will not look as nice as current gen base consoles.  The trade off is the ease to play the games natively and seamlessly one way or the other without sacrifice.  Some ports come late at full retail, leaving you with a more expensive option when you finally get the game.  Some will not come at all.

 

However we are at the point now where as long as you do not need most 3rd party games right away, you still have something to play.  That is the important part after all.  I played Disgeae 5 on the Switch  and I enjoyed it no less than when I would have when it was released on the PS4.  Same goes for Dragonball Xenoverse 2 and DOOM.  Furthermore Nintendo has more quality first party IPs in the works than any ither console maker.  They may not all suit your tastes, but you have more 1st party options with Nintendo than you do with Sony for example (despite Sony having an amazing line up of its own).

 

On the other side of the coin, you may see a game for 30 bucks less on PS4 and question why you are buuing the Switch version.  The other home consoles get all 3rd party games and the ones that do go to Switch will still leave you with noticeable performance and visual advantages on PS4 and X1.  Many times you will get those games first and often cheaper by the time the Switch version comes out.  Furthmore many 3rd party games do not go to Switch, leveling the field when looking at Nintendo's first party advantages.

 

So what is more important to you as a gamer, the portability of the Switch, or the power and price of dedicated consoles?

 

For me, I tend to enjoy both.  However, despite my most recent topic regarding the price of late Switch ports, I lean towards portability.  I have recently bought Dragonball FighterZ and found that while I do have time to play at home, I can maximize my time on the go as well.  I tried to utilize remote play with the VITA, and it was hit or miss.  Sometimes Horizon ran great, other times it was glitchy youtube quality at best.  In the end I decided I may double dip when the Switch version comes out as my on the go experience is so much better on the Switch.

 

So with all of the savings from my PS4 purchases, sometimes being able to play more of these games is worth the extra cash.  For me, I have a reason to own both and still play my PS4 frequently.  However, as with DOOM, getting the Switch port instead never left me feeling like I was playing anything other than a current gen shooter and enjoyed it no less than I would on my PS4.  It really depends on if I have any travel lined up (right now I do) and what best suits my situation.  More times than not however, portability edges it out.  Not only can I maximize playtime, but certain random events can even impede my normal playtime on the PS4 as it is tied to the TV.  With the Switch however, I never lose time regardless of what pops up.

 

So what about you all?  I am curious to see just how many people prefer one way ir the other.

Last edited by Shiken - on 21 July 2018

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I can safely say for me over my last year of gaming, Portability trumps all, play on the Switch more than either my consoles or PC.



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You can't "favor both", that doesn't make sense, especially when you follow up with "I lean towards portability".

Anyways, I favor power and price. I don't really think the portability enhances my Switch experience that much, it probably does for others though.



Power definitely, gaming as a hom entertainment hobby for me and I want the best experience. I don't care about my gaming systems being portable.



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AngryLittleAlchemist said:
You can't "favor both", that doesn't make sense, especially when you follow up with "I lean towards portability".

Anyways, I favor power and price. I don't really think the portability enhances my Switch experience that much, it probably does for others though.

well if you just wanted a portable system with the most games on it now, you would probably go for a psp or a Vita and softmod it to play older console generations as well as their own library of games, so you would have portable but less power, going for the Switch means you have more power but less games.

I guess technically you could say an iphoneX running pubg is more power again in a handheld... but you lose the controls of the dedicated handheld so for me I draw the line at the point where I lose the sticks and buttons but still have as much power as possible. ie Switch.



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Ganoncrotch said:
I can safely say for me over my last year of gaming, Portability trumps all, play on the Switch more than either my consoles or PC.

I have been gaming exclusively on Switch from the day it launched to when God of War came out.  Since then I have played...

God of War

Horizon Zero Dawn

Resident Evil 7

Dragonball FighterZ

 

...However with there being quite a few newer 3rd party ports out now or coming very shortly, Smash, Mario Party (play with family), Xenoblade Torna, and Octopath Traveler...I am finding myself favkring Switch again.  I did a comparison of game time and I get so much more playing at home AND on the go.  Made me rethink a few things I recently stated not long ago.



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Ganoncrotch said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:
You can't "favor both", that doesn't make sense, especially when you follow up with "I lean towards portability".

Anyways, I favor power and price. I don't really think the portability enhances my Switch experience that much, it probably does for others though.

well if you just wanted a portable system with the most games on it now, you would probably go for a psp or a Vita and softmod it to play older console generations as well as their own library of games, so you would have portable but less power, going for the Switch means you have more power but less games.

I guess technically you could say an iphoneX running pubg is more power again in a handheld... but you lose the controls of the dedicated handheld so for me I draw the line at the point where I lose the sticks and buttons but still have as much power as possible. ie Switch.

That's not what i'm talking about, I'm saying that if you say you favor both options you're literally using the word favor incorrectly. You can't have a preference for both. You can have no preference, or a preference, but not a preference for both. Comparing it to the Vita or a phone doesn't make sense because that's not what the topic is about. If we wanted to make this more complex I guess we could talk about how the Switch's portability to power ratio compares to other consoles and what kind of ratio we prefer. But seeing as how Switch is the only viable option for current gen portables that's not really the point. 



Portability is quite meaningless to me. I might play some games portable from time to time, but 95% of my playing time is done on home consoles or PC.



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AngryLittleAlchemist said:
You can't "favor both", that doesn't make sense, especially when you follow up with "I lean towards portability".

Anyways, I favor power and price. I don't really think the portability enhances my Switch experience that much, it probably does for others though.

Sure I can.  It depends on the game in question and if I am traveling or not.  Right now, I favor Switch as I am traveling over the next few weeks.  But when God of War came out, I favored my PS4 as I was at home most of the time.

I lean towards portability however because more often than not, the Hybrid nature of the Switch gives me more overall playtime without the hassle of remote play.



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Shiken said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:
You can't "favor both", that doesn't make sense, especially when you follow up with "I lean towards portability".

Anyways, I favor power and price. I don't really think the portability enhances my Switch experience that much, it probably does for others though.

Sure I can.  It depends on the game in question and if I am traveling or not.  Right now, I favor Switch as I am traveling over the next few weeks.  But when God of War came out, I favored my PS4 as I was at home most of the time.

I lean towards portability however because more often than not, the Hybrid nature of the Switch gives me more overall playtime without the hassle of remote play.

What you talk about in the first paragraph is not really a preference, it's the lack of one. Depending on the game and what system it releases on, you play it on one console or another. That's not a preference, that's the lack of one. 

Also God of War isn't a good example, you can't play it on a viable portable. You said it yourself, the Vita streaming doesn't work well for you.

Edit: Leaning towards portability IS a preference because that means in your general gaming life you prefer one solution over another.