Hey everyone, the common topic of whether the Switch is a home console or a handheld in and of its own is a useless one. However it has implications.
If the Switch is not a home console, then it should not be grouped with home console sales. This would or could imply, depending on how far you are willing to affect the reality of things, that the Switch sales numbers could not be compared to PS4/5 or X1/sX numbers, much in the way that 3DS numbers were never compared to PS3 or X360 numbers.
The arguments brought for the Switch being a portable and not a home console are:
- The "Real" home consoles can only be played on a TV, not on the go (debate it).
- The Switch, like a portable, can be plugged into the TV for extra play at home after on-the-go sessions.
The arguments brough for the Switch being a home console in its own right are:
- The Switch is both at the same time: it can be played at home, and it can be played on the go.
- Something can be both things at the same time without contradicting it being one or the other, much like how light is both energy and mass.
- The Switch was design for home use and for portable use, as proven by its different play modes (docked and undocked)
- The dock was bundled in the Switch at launch.
- The Switch Lite is the version of the Switch which is only a portable and not a home console.
I put a poll to see some statistics.
Hopefully we can settle this question once and for all, so we can know how to count the Switch in relation to its competitors (PS4/5, X1/sX)