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Kakadu18 said:
Manlytears said:

hum... you see, isn't this the case of current gen.? and also last gen? i mean:

8th gen: Wii U, than X1 and PS4.
9th gen: Switch, than Series X and PS5

Is Switch 9th gen though? I don't think so.

Switch has a hardware feature set that aligns it closer with the 8th gen in terms of capability.

RolStoppable said:
Conina said:

It's the successor of a 8th gen home console and a 8th gen handheld console.

Why shouldn't it be counted as 9th gen?

Well, the sensible argument that can be made against Switch being 9th gen is that the generational count is wrong to begin with. The notable 3rd gen consoles Atari 5200, Colecovision and Intellivision have been lumped together with generation 2 consoles due to their glaring lack of success. The Atari 5200 was the successor to the Atari 2600, launched about five years later. So logically, the Atari 5200 and its competitors should be 3rd gen which then in turn increases the count for every generation afterwards. NES is 4th gen, SNES is 5th gen etc.

Consequently, Switch is actually 10th gen along with the PS5 and XSX|S. But I don't think the gaming community - who came up with this categorization in the first place - is willing to rectify this mistake.

Agreed.

I think lumping them together in terms of hardware capability is a far more sensible approach.

I.E. 5th Gen was all basic non-perspective correct texturing up to basic hardware TnL, 8th Gen is Tessellated surfaces, 9th Gen is Ray Tracing.

There is hardware technology that aligns itself to various generations... Heck it's how PC lumps it's GPU's into generations.



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Dulfite said:
Manlytears said:

hum... you see, isn't this the case of current gen.? and also last gen? i mean:

8th gen: Wii U, than X1 and PS4.
9th gen: Switch, than Series X and PS5

I thought it was concluded that Series X is more powerful than PS5, but PS5 has faster load times?

Series X is more powerful, on paper anyway. Not sure why he placed it before the PS5.

Last edited by Azzanation - on 22 February 2021