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Is it a good port

Yes 32 58.18%
 
No 9 16.36%
 
It's an OK 14 25.45%
 
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Chazore said:
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. 

Aye I know you're on the PCMR (just mean, high end PC btw with this, not anything negative) side of things and it's clear that once you enjoy that side of gaming as your main way to play then the switch appeal goes down, over the next 4 days I'm going to be traveling around 1,300 miles... so for me having the Switch handy on Trains, planes and buses is something which my 2 Ryzen PC's just can't join me on, sure I can enjoy Forza Horizon 4 on ultra/120 when I return but while I travel my PC sits here missing me.... or at least I sit on a plane missing it, I hope it misses me too lol, bastard eats my cash!



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DonFerrari said:

Performance isn't only frame rate. 

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

OK, nice. So I should be pissed with 20-25fps on base ps4/xbox 1 as well?  



Ganoncrotch said:

Aye I know you're on the PCMR (just mean, high end PC btw with this, not anything negative) side of things and it's clear that once you enjoy that side of gaming as your main way to play then the switch appeal goes down, over the next 4 days I'm going to be traveling around 1,300 miles... so for me having the Switch handy on Trains, planes and buses is something which my 2 Ryzen PC's just can't join me on, sure I can enjoy Forza Horizon 4 on ultra/120 when I return but while I travel my PC sits here missing me.... or at least I sit on a plane missing it, I hope it misses me too lol, bastard eats my cash!

I mean, I still play on my Switch, but it's limited to a few Ninty first party titles and a few third parties, with indies sprinkled in. 

Only one I don't mind all that much is Skyrim on the device, because let's be honest, the og game in it's vanilla state wasn't that much of a looker back then and over time it aged rather badly (which is why I mod it to hell on PC to make it more suitable to today's looks), and playing it on Switch, where it hasn't taken all that much of a massive hit, not like say, Witcher 3 and DOOM have.

I'm also perfectly fine with them getting some old ancient games, that haven't played nicely on past and current systems before, onto their own machine. I consider those feats, because of what we tried putting those on before, just not current gen games, the "lookers" if you will, that were noticeably pared back just to be able to run on the device. 

My Switch would be handier to me if it had a far longer battery life, if not up to the level of my phone, which I use on a daily basis (youtube, browsing outside the house, emails, messages etc). I imagine then I'd be using it more often, if it wasn't for the limited charge it has, and I'm not one for absolving that flaw, by buying an external battery bank (especially when you have to be careful on which one to use, which I'd again chalk up to Ninty's fault, not global manufacturers), because it was down to Ninty to solve that issue. 



HoangNhatAnh said:
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

Witcher 3 on switch is amazing isnt it? Ooh werent you one of those who said Witcher 3 would be impossible on switch? 



Pinkie_pie said:
HoangNhatAnh said:

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

Witcher 3 on switch is amazing isnt it? Ooh werent you one of those who said Witcher 3 would be impossible on switch? 

Every single modern game can be ported on switch. You can port even star citizen. The question is whether it would be worth it considering the degraded visuals. IMO even though the port is as good as it can get it's not worth it. But I wouldn't be playing it on ps4 either. It just doesn't make sense to play such a beautiful game on a hardware that doesn't do it justice.



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Safiir said:
Pinkie_pie said:

Witcher 3 on switch is amazing isnt it? Ooh werent you one of those who said Witcher 3 would be impossible on switch? 

Every single modern game can be ported on switch. You can port even star citizen. The question is whether it would be worth it considering the degraded visuals. IMO even though the port is as good as it can get it's not worth it. But I wouldn't be playing it on ps4 either. It just doesn't make sense to play such a beautiful game on a hardware that doesn't do it justice.

He said witcher 3 would be impossible on switch without major downgrade but now he thinks its identical to ps4 and xbox one just with lower resolution 



Pinkie_pie said:
HoangNhatAnh said:

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

Witcher 3 on switch is amazing isnt it? Ooh werent you one of those who said Witcher 3 would be impossible on switch? 

Again, like the previous time, since when i said impossible? Find that word in my old posts, please. Of course if you can :))

Pinkie_pie said:
Safiir said:

Every single modern game can be ported on switch. You can port even star citizen. The question is whether it would be worth it considering the degraded visuals. IMO even though the port is as good as it can get it's not worth it. But I wouldn't be playing it on ps4 either. It just doesn't make sense to play such a beautiful game on a hardware that doesn't do it justice.

He said witcher 3 would be impossible on switch without major downgrade but now he thinks its identical to ps4 and xbox one just with lower resolution 

Don't put those words on my mouth, or rather, you took it from your delusion dream i see. I said if it have the same graphic settings as ps4/xbox 1, the fps would take a big hit. And clearly here that the graphic and resolution settings were downgrades quite a lot to keep the fps high enough to be the same as ps4/xbox 1 ver (personally, i don't give a crap about high resolution or very beautiful graphic). But yeah, nice try again, just like the last time you tried to use this to mock me but failed hard, heh :))

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HoangNhatAnh said:
Pinkie_pie said:

Witcher 3 on switch is amazing isnt it? Ooh werent you one of those who said Witcher 3 would be impossible on switch? 

Again, like the previous time, since when i said impossible? Find that word in my old posts, please. Of course if you can :))

Pinkie_pie said:

He said witcher 3 would be impossible on switch without major downgrade but now he thinks its identical to ps4 and xbox one just with lower resolution 

Don't put those words on my mouth, or rather, you took it from your delusion dream i see. I said if it have the same graphic settings as ps4/xbox 1, the fps would take a big hit. And clearly here that the graphic and resolution settings were downgrades quite a lot to keep the fps high enough to be the same as ps4/xbox 1 ver (personally, i don't give a crap about high resolution or very beautiful graphic). But yeah, nice try again, just like the last time you tried to use this to mock me but failed hard, heh :))

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9015867 You said it would be 240/15 fps which means almost unplayable. Just admit you were wrong. 

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Gamespot gave it a 9.



Ganoncrotch said:
Chazore said:

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

Sorry but X1 is almost always cheaper then 299, and even the 199 for Lite.

Next are we going to say smartphone games should receive a pat back because if you buy the cell on a plan you don't pay anything for the cell and you may even have the game for free?

HoangNhatAnh said:
DonFerrari said:

Performance isn't only frame rate. 

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

OK, nice. So I should be pissed with 20-25fps on base ps4/xbox 1 as well?  

If you care about games being 60fps certainly. Have replied this already.

HoangNhatAnh said:
Pinkie_pie said:

Witcher 3 on switch is amazing isnt it? Ooh werent you one of those who said Witcher 3 would be impossible on switch? 

Again, like the previous time, since when i said impossible? Find that word in my old posts, please. Of course if you can :))

Pinkie_pie said:

He said witcher 3 would be impossible on switch without major downgrade but now he thinks its identical to ps4 and xbox one just with lower resolution 

Don't put those words on my mouth, or rather, you took it from your delusion dream i see. I said if it have the same graphic settings as ps4/xbox 1, the fps would take a big hit. And clearly here that the graphic and resolution settings were downgrades quite a lot to keep the fps high enough to be the same as ps4/xbox 1 ver (personally, i don't give a crap about high resolution or very beautiful graphic). But yeah, nice try again, just like the last time you tried to use this to mock me but failed hard, heh :))

Having the same graphic would be impossible anyway.



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