How has the Switch influenced the current console generation? *Allies Assemble*



  • I don't think Sony or Microsoft reacted at all to Nintendo. There was literally nothing for them to worry about. They should be more worried wether or not people run off to PC which was actually one of many reasons PS4pro was made as stated by Sony. PC is only going to grow. Not that I think consoles are going anywhere.

    Today's market allows Nintendo to offer a unique platform that coexists along side other consoles and PC. It's the best thing they could have done. I also think Both companies should always have two skus moving forward. Standard and a Pro which is superpowered. It allows for more options for ppl who don't necessarily want a PC.

    @Ross I'm confused what you mean that you asked EZA several time but it sounds like they want the community to back it before they answer?

    I think they've discussed this sort of things on their podcasts quite a bit.



  • I'd say Sony are very interested in the Switch

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    It feels like it still is too early to say how they have influenced the console generation. If anything though they have shown that a handheld-hybrid can work and we have a bigger interest in it than I believe we first thought. (at least I was shrugging at the idea when I first heard it rumoured).

    However, perhaps next gen we will see the others using similar ideas to some of their consoles. I have a hard time to believe that PS4PRO and Scorpio are a "response" to the Switch though.



  • I'm loving the discussions you all are bringing to the table so let me respond and add a bit more. First I think it's worth taking a look at the release history of consoles to have some reference as to what I'm more interested in. A quick google search pulled up this from wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_video_game_console_releases . We could compare this "mid-gen" console release(Switch/PRO/Scorpio) to the more aggressive era of SEGA. However, I feel that it is really quite unique what's happening. For all three (Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft) to be releasing consoles at this time is not a coincidence. From what I can see Sony would have been fine without releasing the PRO and so would the gaming industry. I'm extremely excited to see what Scorpio has to offer but again Microsoft would be fine without it (even being behind Sony) and will probably take a huge loss on it. Nintendo though, they really needed something. I believe the Switch was already in development as a handheld and became their solution to that something. EZA has indeed spoken in great length about all three of these consoles but they have yet to touch on the question I presented which is why I have reached out to the community as suggested by EZA. Also, in response to the idea that PC's are a concern for consoles I will simply state that PC's are doing worse and worse each year and have been for some time. Video gaming is the one industry that is keeping custom PC's alive. Proprietary instead of standardized hardware is what the majority of the tech industry would prefer. I've worked in various areas of this industry for many years and owned/operated a startup focused on custom computing so please have some consideration for my words surrounding this topic. I have an enormous amount of respect for EZA and this community which is why I would sincerely love to hear EZA's and the community's response to what I question. Again I'd like to thank all of you who have taken the time to read/respond to this post and as always Love and Respect.

    -Ross