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Could the Nintendo Switch be Revolutionary?

Could the Nintendo Switch be Revolutionary?

The Nintendo Switch is a very exciting console for me, as consoles had stagnated for a while. The decision-makers at Sony and Microsoft seem to be designing their consoles to fulfill more of the purposes of a PC, while not offering the original advantages of owning a console. Effectively, there were fewer and fewer reasons to get a console over a PC, besides price (which I admit is a major factor.) However, the Switch caught my eye for one reason alone: it was a handheld with the power of a normal console. Granted, it doesn’t run at a 4k resolution like the Xbox One X, but being able to play games that I’d normally play at my set-up is nothing to scoff at.

However, that doesn’t get to why I think it’ll be revolutionary for consoles. The main reason is that consoles have removed their advantages. Does anyone remember the day where you could place a game’s disc into your console and be able to play it right away? That era is long gone due to the increase in a game’s size, and console makers have tried to make up for it by making their platforms like PC. However, the PC still has numerous advantages over consoles, such as not needing to pay for a service such as XBox Live or Playstation¬†Plus to play multiplayer games on top of an internet bill, not to mention things like Always-Online or console-enforced DRM. The Switch has closed this selling-point gap with its portability (and the fact their online service is only $20 a year as opposed to $60 a year, and the fact that you don’t need to have an online connection to use it.)

This doesn’t mean console makers may be willing to make this change, though. Sony didn’t see much success with their own handheld, the PS Vita, and Microsoft has never dabbled in handheld consoles while Nintendo had a large amount of experience with devices such as the GameBoy, Nintendo DS, and 3DS. These two companies would have to put their engineers into a whole new field of down-sizing and would have to get rid of the hype they’ve built up for technologies such as PS VR and being able to use a console to run a game at a 4k resolution.¬† The likelihood of these companies producing handhelds like the Switch is minimal at best. Despite what I say about advantages being ruined, console fans will still buy their company no matter how green the grass is on the other side of the fence.

But that’s enough of my cynicism, what do you think console makers will do? Do you think I’m entirely wrong? Leave your opinion down below.


This Week In Gaming #1

This Week In Gaming #1

2.5 million PSP and Xbox 360 accounts hacked, according to CNET.

Just yesterday, the accounts of 2.5 million people on the PSP and XBox 360 were hacked. It leaked the personal information of large amounts of players, including their financial information. Even if you didn’t store your financial information on your XBox Live and PSN account, if you use the password on them on different websites, those accounts are now at risk.

Pokemon Go boosted the sales of Sun and Moon, according to Express.

According to statistics released by Nintendo, the sales of Pokemon Sun and Moon, the first two Pokemon games released after the launch of Pokemon Go, saw higher sales to people in their 20’s and 30’s than usual. 17% of purchasers also had never played a Pokemon game in their life, higher than the usual amount of new fans. Nintendo expects these games to still be selling strongly, along with future Pokemon titles.

XBox One’s Games for Gold titles released, and new backwards-compatible games leaked.

Stuntman: Igniton, Mad Tracks, and JUJU have been leaked to have been ported over from the XBox 360 to the XBox One. The three new games for this week are Alice: Madness Returns, Shadows of the Damned, and Rocket Knight. Games for Gold’s current line-up is Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Project Cars: Digital Edition, Monkey Island 2: Special Edition, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

PaiN Gaming lawsuit against Riot Games dismissed, according to PVP Live.

The lawsuit was dismissed by the Brazilian courts, and denied Riot Brazil’s requests for reparations. This ends a 9-month long series of drama, however, another team has been found in violation of the “sister team” rule to continue the League of Legends scandals.

ASUS launches new Expedition line of graphics cards, according to AnandTech.

Five new Expedition cards have been released, all coming from the GTX family. ASUS’s objective with this new line is to lower the price of the cards for the same performance and longevity. The cards were stress-tested for 144 hours in different conditions to ensure they would be able to handle what was thrown at them. Their best card out of the line-up was the Expedition GeForce GTX 1070. A motherboard was released with the same goal as the graphics cards. The company aims to sell these to gaming cafes.

Overall, this week has been a good week for gaming (lawsuits and hacking aside.) What do you think? Do the good things this week outweigh the lawsuit and 2.5 million hacked accounts?