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It was inevitable. The reason why there was a separation between home consoles and handheld consoles in the first place was technology. Handheld-specific games were a necessity, but obviously every console manufacturer would have prefered it if the same games could be played in a stationary and portable manner.

Sony exiting the handheld market certainly played a major role in Nintendo making a single development environment a reality, because if Nintendo hadn't done that, they would now be the only console manufacturer with two development environments and therefore at a significant competitive disadvantage. While in early 2014 Nintendo talked about consoles that would be like brothers, they ultimately managed to put everything into an all-in-one-device, making everything easier for themselves, third party developers and gamers.



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It was inevitable from a game development POV, once portable graphics go past rudimentary N64 to Dreamcast tier visuals, the amount of resources the portable line would require is basically the same as a console.

And no company can support basically two console lines. And you saw that with Wii U and 3DS, Nintendo had massive problems getting games out for both at a regular rate. Ditto for Sony with Vita and PS4.

And "3DS-2" would've presumably been another generational leap making things essentially impossible.



Soundwave said:
It was inevitable from a game development POV, once portable graphics go past rudimentary N64 to Dreamcast tier visuals, the amount of resources the portable line would require is basically the same as a console.

And no company can support basically two console lines. And you saw that with Wii U and 3DS, Nintendo had massive problems getting games out for both at a regular rate. Ditto for Sony with Vita and PS4.

And "3DS-2" would've presumably been another generational leap making things essentially impossible.

Yep, if Nintendo continued with the separate handheld and console line than it would likely be a $199-249 Vita+ level handheld and a $299-349 XBO/PS4 level console which would just make the problem worse.

Things like cross buy/play/save that we saw on some Vita/PS4 games could help the situation but it wouldnt be enough.



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