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Which generation is Switch ?

WiiU and Switch are both gen. 8th 33 33.00%
 
WiiU is gen. 8th and Switch is gen. 9th 56 56.00%
 
None of them !! 11 11.00%
 
Total:100

So I see on HOME page that Switch is very clearly considered as a 9th gen machine.

Please explain me your arguments (anyone, not only the person who made this new graphic) for putting WiiU on 8th and Switch on 9th because really, I still don't get it after 31 years into video games. No one has yet convinced me.



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Switch is in its middle life cycle, will keep selling until at least 2024-2025, and will have probzbly the same games as the PS5 and Xbox, thus same gen



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"the same games as the PS5 and Xbox"

Oh really ?.. I am waiting for that. It is not like if we were already barely seeing true powerful 8th gen games coming to the Switch.



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If you have a child, and your sibling has a child 5 years later, do the children belong to the same generation or is your kid in the same generation as your sibling? ...Shitty analogy, sorry, but I mean. A console that succeeds a prior console belongs to the following generation, that's just how it is.

You can make an argument that the concept of a console generation comes from how there were always several consoles being released close to one another and competing in the market at around the same timeframe. If we're going by this, the Wii U is undeniably 8th generation, I hope that's not in question. Going by this definition, though, the Switch wouldn't belong in either the 8th or the 9th generation, because it didn't release anywhere near any other console launches. So it breaks away from the concept of console generations, at least in this sense.

So you either consider the Switch 9th gen, or no gen. But no one's gonna make a chart on the VGC front page where the Switch is shown by itself, so it'll inevitably be compared to other current consoles and right now that is PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.




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On the homepage it is listed under "current gen", which doesn't outright mean ninth generation but it doesn't matter anyway. The sales of the Switch should be compared with the PS5 and Xbox Series X as they are the three major consoles currently being sold. Putting current sales numbers for the Switch on the eighth generation tab would be inconvenient and bad site design.



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I don't think it's a generation thing anymore as Sony and MS follow a different release schedule than Nintendo does. I am sure when the Switch 2 comes out, they will remove the Switch sales but keep PS5/Xbox sales figures. It looks wonky but if the companies follow a different release schedule, there isn't much that you can do...



             

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By the time the Switch was released, the Wii U was all but forgotten. Outside of BotW there was basically zero overlap between the two consoles. It makes no sense to consider them to be of the same generation.

Unless you want to shove the Switch into gen 8.5 or something because it released so much sooner than the PS5/XBS... but at that point the definition of a console generation would become entirely arbitrary (not that it isn't already anyways) and you may as well call PS5 a gen 9.1 console because it released two days after the XBS



sonnyb123 said:

On the homepage it is listed under "current gen", which doesn't outright mean ninth generation but it doesn't matter anyway. The sales of the Switch should be compared with the PS5 and Xbox Series X as they are the three major consoles currently being sold. Putting current sales numbers for the Switch on the eighth generation tab would be inconvenient and bad site design.

You are right they say "current" and I agree with that, but we both now that in a few years it will be archived here under "9th gen" next to PS5 and XSX if they keep it like this.

Also, now that you give me this idea...I will open a similar thread asking people to vote if PS2 is a 6th or 7th gen machine, it was still selling very well when the XBOX360 came out, and even the successor PS3 was selling well slower during the same period 2006-2007.



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The switch is neither 8th nor 9th gen. WIsh people would stop putting it with traditional console generations. It's a 1ST Generation Hyrbid Nintendo console. It's in a category of its own.



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