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A random thought of mine, but hey we are in the midst of a generation starting with a hiccup or two are we not?

So as the Xbox 360 was in Gen 7 and PS4 for Gen 8 the Switch becomes the platform of focus for development versions. What does this do to the industry, how does this happen, etc etc. 

I mean I am pretty sure this would be what E.A and Rockstar would call a 'nightmare', but I am happy with the thought of them being miserable so let's delve into the night terror 



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It's very difficult to be the leading platform when some of the biggest and most popular games out there either avoid you or release watered down versions of their games that even most hardcore fans of theirs call bullshit on. Fifa games are scandalously copypasted on the Switch (even by Fifa standards, which says a lot) and other EA Sports games are nowhere to be seen, Fortnite only gets crossplay with mobile platforms, there is no CoD game on the platform and I doubt it some will come, and the same with GTA and RDR... Nintendo consoles always play with the handicap that the most popular 3rd parties avoid releasing their biggest titles on them, and now that they depend on microtransactons more than ever, they are going to keep it that way (the Switch is notoriously bad for microtransaction economies).



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The only logical and easy answer is that the Switch will be around longer. In terms of support, I don't think it will increase or decrease by being on top of the competition. It's already a successfull platform that gets good support.



Nothing

It's already the dominant platform

And nothing substantially changed. Maybe we will get more JP third party in the upcoming years

Western AAA devs are more likely to focus on PC

I believe if PS5 and XSX flops the most likely route for Sony and MS gamers is go PC gaming. Sure they can still using Switch, but I doubt they will stop playing all the IPs they like altogether.

So instead of PS4-Switch and XBONE-Switch ownership we will have PC-Switch ownership hence the same status we already have now



IcaroRibeiro said:

Western AAA devs are more likely to focus on PC

I believe if PS5 and XSX flops the most likely route for Sony and MS gamers is go PC gaming. Sure they can still using Switch, but I doubt they will stop playing all the IPs they like altogether.

So instead of PS4-Switch and XBONE-Switch ownership we will have PC-Switch ownership hence the same status we already have now

So what you are trying to say is that PC is (and probably will stay) the dominant platform, not the Switch.

Most of the AAA games, most of the AA games, most of the indie games, best backwards compatibility, almost every multiplatform game day one as PC version (and often the prettiest version), most versatile and flexible platform due to very different form factors and free choice of input devices.

I agree.



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Conina said:
IcaroRibeiro said:

Western AAA devs are more likely to focus on PC

I believe if PS5 and XSX flops the most likely route for Sony and MS gamers is go PC gaming. Sure they can still using Switch, but I doubt they will stop playing all the IPs they like altogether.

So instead of PS4-Switch and XBONE-Switch ownership we will have PC-Switch ownership hence the same status we already have now

So what you are trying to say is that PC is (and probably will stay) the dominant platform, not the Switch.

Most of the AAA games, most of the AA games, most of the indie games, best backwards compatibility, almost every multiplatform game day one as PC version (and often the prettiest version), most versatile and flexible platform due to very different form factors and free choice of input devices.

I agree.

I understood OP was talking only about console market, not the game market as a whole

If that's the point we need to include mobile as well, meaning all mediums will bleed customers to Nintendo. It's such a catastrophic scenario that I can't process, let alone predict

Meanwhile Nintendo outselling Sony and MS by large margin is easier to digest and is lowkey already happening

Fact is Nintendo can't absorb the whole console market to itself, if Sony and MS flop too much it will lead only to a PC gaming increase in their market share. Nintendo software and hardware sales will increase as well, but there is a threshold of how much. 



What a very strange question.
The Xbox 360 was the most "powerful" for that generation I believe.
PS4 4 was the most powerful (for a while) of this generation.

The switch isn't even as powerful as the base ps4.. but you are asking this question after the PS5 and XSX come out?
Plus how can it be the dominant platform when it isn't even getting those games?

Can you imagine Cyberpunk running on the switch? It would have to require every game do what control did.



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Bandorr said:

What a very strange question.
The Xbox 360 was the most "powerful" for that generation I believe.
PS4 4 was the most powerful (for a while) of this generation.

The switch isn't even as powerful as the base ps4.. but you are asking this question after the PS5 and XSX come out?
Plus how can it be the dominant platform when it isn't even getting those games?

Can you imagine Cyberpunk running on the switch? It would have to require every game do what control did.

It would look like the port of Ark Survival Evolved on Switch. Seriously, that thing's abominable.



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Is it really a random thought of yours though?.

No offense, but each time you make a thread, it's always about Nintendo being better than the rest, or rising to utter dominance, something along those lines...

Let's cut it short though. if Ninty was the main platform, we'd all be paying upwards of £80+ or more for base games, we'd still have watered down experiences, because Switch was the base platform to build for, and well, a lot of non Ninty gamers would be worse off on their own respective platforms.



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Chazore said:

Is it really a random thought of yours though?.

No offense, but each time you make a thread, it's always about Nintendo being better than the rest, or rising to utter dominance, something along those lines...

Let's cut it short though. if Ninty was the main platform, we'd all be paying upwards of £80+ or more for base games, we'd still have watered down experiences, because Switch was the base platform to build for, and well, a lot of non Ninty gamers would be worse off on their own respective platforms.

Blasted Nintendo tax, I'm still mad most 3rd parties are around 10€ more expensive than their equivalent on other platforms, why they are allowed to do this is a mystery.



You know it deserves the GOTY.

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