Let's be clear. The Switch is stomping the PS4 because it's a handheld (hybrid=home+handheld, remember?), and handhelds have been stomping home consoles for years. The Japanese market is on the go, not in the living room.
Like I said before, it's no surprise that Nintendo did a hybrid. They needed a portable console if they wanted some success here.
Then I am going to be clear as well. The Switch is as much a home console as it is a handheld. It is this exact dual nature form factor proposition to consumers that makes it attractive. The same could be said for the Japanese market, since they don't have to choose between two systems, but one that does both. It's not even me who says this, it is Nintendo themselves, within official statements and their own marketing.
The reason this argument is continuously put forward (that it is "just a handheld") is because it is an attempt to delegitimize the Nintendo Switch as direct competition to the PS4. They bring forward the handheld argument or the generational argument or both. These are false, deceptive and are counterproductive in a conversation about sales and prospects of these respective systems.
Did I say "Just a handheld"?
No. It's part handheld. To succeed in Japan, a console need to be playable on the go, like on the train. That's why Nintendo did a handheld console. Or part handheld, who cares about the terms, seriously. Stop trying to fight for one ridiculous word that changes absolutely nothing to the reality.
Nintendo made a console that Japanese people can use on the train. So it obviously stomps the PS4, playable only at home. Simple enough this time? I don't even understand how some people like to lose their time writing pages of debate about "It's not a handheld because you can also play it on your TV". The customer who wants to play on the go doesn't care at all about if you call his portable console a handheld or a "home console that can be played as a handheld". It's just a completely useless waste of time.
Last edited by Faelco - on 25 August 2018