What you say is one thing, but what the vast majority of people use it for is another. Every poll I have seen is showing more people playing docked with a pro controller, using it as a console (or both with docked being favored). It has the ability to further downclock its performance to allow for portability as a feature.
Nintendo advertised a console with hybrid functionality, and delivered just that.
Yes nintendo avertised it as a hybrid, and that's where everyone fell for nintendos lies.
The clockspeeds are software based, and play no part in its definition. The switch can opperate just fine at max speed.
Nintendo could unlock for us them at any moment and the only thing changing would be the battery life.
Also what people use it for the most doesnt matter, if what they use it for is already included within the definition of a handheld.
Handhelds are portable systems. Portable systems are made to guarantee portable usabillity (aka independence) not to prevent stationary use by definition.
Sure some portable devices may not offer a tv-out type of functionality but that doesnt matter, because they are allowed, but not obliged to provide it.
Portable systems, including handhelds as a specialized form, are defined as
o always offering portable use
o sometimes offering stationary use
Stationary systems are defined as
o always offering stationary use
o never offering portable use
I can see where Nintendo tricked you into believing it's a home console. Because both types have an intersection with stationary use.
But you can easily check what kind of system you have.
If you can "undock" the system, it's a portable device ( Laptop, Handheld, Smartphone, etc.),
if you cannot "undock" the system it's a stationary device (HC, PC, Server, etc.)
It's a hybrid. It can switch between generations. It also has a dock.
The dock does not support the system in doing its core tasks (calculate, render, create, recieving inputs, etc.)
It's only function is to deliver power to the switch and forward the finished picture to the tv and thats nothing exclusive to a gaming system.
(Thus not affecting its definition)
It would take a second gpu/cpu/other core components inside the dock itself to make the switch a hybrid.
Because what all hybrids share is the necessity of having to have 2 or more core task specific sets of hardware.
Example: a hybrid car has both, an internal combustion engine and an electric motor,
because depending on the mode the car is in, it cannot use the other engine.
This does not apply to the switch. Switch uses the same hardware for both modes,
and using the same hardware for both modes is not a switch but a gear shift .
Well baseline PS4 also supports PSVR.
It does? Then scratch that part.
I wasnt entirly sure whether base ps4 does or doesnt and rather than checking it I just assumed that it's just the Pro which does.
In that case, Switch would be the only 9th gen system.Last edited by GamingRabbit - on 31 July 2020
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