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Is it a good port

Yes 32 58.18%
 
No 9 16.36%
 
It's an OK 14 25.45%
 
Total:55
HollyGamer said:
Chrkeller said:
Excellent port, given how much weaker the Switch is. I am stunned they could even port it. Excellent work. Makes me wonder what else could be ported.

I bet with my ear you have not watch the full videos, i can see from how fast you comment since it was just posted, hell even i am not even finish watching it. 

The game has been released in some ways for the last week... I've been playing through it while I wait for my legit copy to arrive in the mail, so yeah... it's perfectly believable that someone has played and knows what the game and port is like, also the video you linked here.. isn't the first time a video of this has existed on the internet.

You bring up the fact that the Switch hits low 20s in gameplay at stress times btw, do ya remember the game being a locked 30 on the X1 or PS4?



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DonFerrari said:
Chrkeller said:

Maybe.  I'm console a guy, so I wouldn't know.  From my perspective graphics don't matter as much as gameplay.  fps directly impacts gameplay, hence it matters.

So you should be pissed with 20-25fps of Witcher 3.

That would be every console port? Even the PS4P which tried to checkerboard up the resolution rather than the frame rate still crumbles from that high pedestal of 30fps under load.



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DonFerrari said:
Chrkeller said:

Maybe.  I'm console a guy, so I wouldn't know.  From my perspective graphics don't matter as much as gameplay.  fps directly impacts gameplay, hence it matters.

So you should be pissed with 20-25fps of Witcher 3.

I already own the Witcher on the ps4, I won't be double dipping.  Additionally, when given a choice, I will go ps4 over the Switch all day long.  I love Doom on the ps4 and have zero interest in the Switch version.  I'm consistent with my thoughts.  Are you?



Shiken said:
DonFerrari said:

I have no problem if you want to call PS4 version unacceptable. But if you think stating there is a huge perfomance gap is hyperbole that is on you as well.

There is not a huge performance gap.  Where the Switch dips to 24fps, the PS4 also dips (albeit to the higher 20s).  Also where the Switch dips to the high teens in cutscenes, the PS4 also dips to the high teens in same cutscenes.  Furthermore most of the time, the Switch holds a steady 30 fps.  It is only two demanding areas that it drops at all.

If you want to ignore the video evidence and make claims that there is a huge performance gap (there isn't), then people calling you out for hyperbole is on you my friend.

Performance isn't only frame rate. If it was I wouldn't have to say fps as well.

Ganoncrotch said:
HollyGamer said:

I bet with my ear you have not watch the full videos, i can see from how fast you comment since it was just posted, hell even i am not even finish watching it. 

The game has been released in some ways for the last week... I've been playing through it while I wait for my legit copy to arrive in the mail, so yeah... it's perfectly believable that someone has played and knows what the game and port is like, also the video you linked here.. isn't the first time a video of this has existed on the internet.

You bring up the fact that the Switch hits low 20s in gameplay at stress times btw, do ya remember the game being a locked 30 on the X1 or PS4?

Still he is asking about the video comparison.

Ganoncrotch said:
DonFerrari said:

So you should be pissed with 20-25fps of Witcher 3.

That would be every console port? Even the PS4P which tried to checkerboard up the resolution rather than the frame rate still crumbles from that high pedestal of 30fps under load.

The point is I don't care about 60fps and most of the drops on the 30fps I can tolerate. But that wasn't what the people I replied to implied.

Chrkeller said:
DonFerrari said:

So you should be pissed with 20-25fps of Witcher 3.

I already own the Witcher on the ps4, I won't be double dipping.  Additionally, when given a choice, I will go ps4 over the Switch all day long.  I love Doom on the ps4 and have zero interest in the Switch version.  I'm consistent with my thoughts.  Are you?

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Random_Matt said:
Why does this thread exist? If people accept and enjoy the game, then that's cool. I certainly wouldn't play it, but I do not make threads claiming so.

Yeah, that's what gets me each time I see this sort of threat. Like I get that it's ported and all, but it's not as big of a technical marvel, to completely downgrade a game, to fit on a semi mobile device, which in turn has to rely on it's docked mode to output a slightly better image. Like, why are these same people not showing more marvel towards games pushing limits to higher end fidelity and hw?.

Like, I get that DOOM has been ported to an insane amount of devices over the past few decades, but I'm way, way more interested in future tech, better performance, better power, more graphical fidelity, than what we can downgrade to hell and slap on a watch or phone. I'll marvel at those devices, when the day comes that they can do exactly the same thing a higher end device can do, without having to massively cut back on practically everything. 



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SKMBlake said:
HollyGamer said:

Well so which one is you called "Sarcasm' Because all of my statement are based on DF videos, and why the hell are you complaining about my statement and feeling down of some of the fact on statement, nobody said PS4 version are perfect. 

The point is, you make assumptions based on what DF does not say.  They do say shings and you understand the quite opposite

Assumptions ??? Which assumption that i said, because all of my statement are based on their videos. Or you perhaps did not watch the videos carefully. 



Random_Matt said:
Why does this thread exist? If people accept and enjoy the game, then that's cool. I certainly wouldn't play it, but I do not make threads claiming so.

Why does the video exist ??? Can people enjoy the videos and do some technical comparison ??? 



Chazore said:
Random_Matt said:
Why does this thread exist? If people accept and enjoy the game, then that's cool. I certainly wouldn't play it, but I do not make threads claiming so.

Yeah, that's what gets me each time I see this sort of threat. Like I get that it's ported and all, but it's not as big of a technical marvel, to completely downgrade a game, to fit on a semi mobile device, which in turn has to rely on it's docked mode to output a slightly better image. Like, why are these same people not showing more marvel towards games pushing limits to higher end fidelity and hw?.

Like, I get that DOOM has been ported to an insane amount of devices over the past few decades, but I'm way, way more interested in future tech, better performance, better power, more graphical fidelity, than what we can downgrade to hell and slap on a watch or phone. I'll marvel at those devices, when the day comes that they can do exactly the same thing a higher end device can do, without having to massively cut back on practically everything. 

At no point ever will you have a portable low spec machine capable of the same graphical fidelity as a high end device, by definition those things are on the wrong side of a scale to have what you're asking here, it would be like looking at the Special Olympics and saying... well.. that's all well and good, but I want to see them doing as well as Usain Bolt, then I'll be impressed.

As I mentioned in another thread as well, without even getting into the category of PC's, but Switch is currently the cheapest machine which you can play Witcher 3 on, while it is newer than the ps4 and X1 you can get a Switch now for less than either of those systems RRP, and bring it for a 5 hour shit and still be enjoying Witcher 3. So the reduction in power is even reflected in the price point regardless of the addition of Screen/batteries/portability



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Ganoncrotch said:

At no point ever will you have a portable low spec machine capable of the same graphical fidelity as a high end device, by definition those things are on the wrong side of a scale to have what you're asking here, it would be like looking at the Special Olympics and saying... well.. that's all well and good, but I want to see them doing as well as Usain Bolt, then I'll be impressed.

As I mentioned in another thread as well, without even getting into the category of PC's, but Switch is currently the cheapest machine which you can play Witcher 3 on, while it is newer than the ps4 and X1 you can get a Switch now for less than either of those systems RRP, and bring it for a 5 hour shit and still be enjoying Witcher 3. So the reduction in power is even reflected in the price point regardless of the addition of Screen/batteries/portability

This is one of those times where I'd love to live, say 100-200 years, just to prove that point, that we're not a species that's going to stick with mobile phone/Switch tech for 50+ years. We are progressing and we will continue to do so, which is why I'm confident in seeing some leaps and bounds in the decades ahead. 

@bolded: Yeah, it's amazing for those that do not care for anything special, but the ability to run around with a portal version of it, but I care for the product itself, not the ability to carry it around, otherwise I'd put far, far more stock into the fact that man still makes matches, when we also have the lighter and blowtorch around.

People that never cared for anything more, are likely to enjoy it, and that's fine. Myself?, I care little for it, because it's of an inferior design, and offers less advantages for me, especially in terms of time limitations and power. 



HollyGamer said:

8.Docked performance, and while there are some notable dips, the bulk of the time in areas like Velen - at least outside towns - delivers a mostly solid 30fps. Docked play is solid, but dense areas like Novigrad will see performance drop to something closer to 20fps.

9.Portable performance, portable play is similar, but not quite as robust overall. Once again, we're looking at 30fps, but when taxed in stress points it'll go into the 20s

10.It's a decent port, but overall it's playable if you can play the games deep below 25 fps and  the cut-backs are most certainly there and very glaring.

So the same as base ps4/xbox 1 ver except lower resolution and on the go? WOW, amazing, thank you for pointing that out