The Switch's entire design was based upon it being both. The hardware is mobile hardware because that is the only way to make it both (The PS4 and Xbox One APU's draw too much power to become as portable as the Switch). You're suggesting mobile hardware = a portable game console, but this couldn't be further from the truth (especially when the PS4 and Xbox One consoles are based on laptop chipsets, yet they clearly are not portable consoles).
home consoles and pcs can use anything. That's makes them so versitile. You can put a single mobile chip in it or 3 dektop GPUs+CPUs,
the way you use them would not change. Try adding a dozent nvidia gtx 3090 to the switch.
Home consoles can use mobile or stationary hardware, portables must use mobil hardware.
That's what differenciates them hardware wise.
The variant point is ridiculous. Is the Vita a home console because of the PS Vita TV? Does the GBA player make the GBA a home console? Heck, if they made a dock only Switch unit would your point become moot? I mean, your last sentence makes it pretty clear that the dockable incentive is driving purchases, meaning people are using the console for more than just portable gaming (there was some statistic out there that showed docked and portable play was almost equal amongst players).
Vita TV is indeed a home consoles, the gba player does not make the gba a home console and a dock only switch would be a home console again.
What drives the incentive to purchase the switch plays no part in its definition and it is bad arguing on your part.
The same goes for what people are using it for. The only thing that matters is what it is intended to be used for and that's to be a portable that can
also be used like a home consoles. But being used like a home console and being one are not the same.
For example: you can use a car like an iron but it isnt one.
In general goes
portables are by definition allowed to be used like a stationairy system, but the cannot be one, because they will always be limited by the condition that
they have to be portable no matter what.
This isn't even taking into account that Nintendo themselves stated that they consider the Switch to be a home console first and foremost (which you can see from their software lineup). All in all, I just disagree with you.
Marketing, just marketing and you totally fell for it.
The Switch is a hybrid, it is specifically designed to work at home or on the road. I play mine 99% of the time at home. It works just like a home console in that regard. But for those who play on the road, it works just like a portable. The system is a hybrid, plain and simple. Especially when it works as both straight out of the box with no extra accessories.
The key word is "like".
Working "like" a home console =/= being a home console
Also correlation =/= causality
Think the other way around for once.
If being able to be used like a home console equals being one, then a cubic meter big home console would be a portable machine, because you can theoretically
put it on a truck you drive.
Last edited by GamingRabbit - on 19 March 2021