Gamehowitzer said:Are you sure they aren't just going to put in the new chipset like they were talking about before?
Walter said:No one can be sure of anything yet. Even Nintendo is still weighing the options for upgrades, according to the article.
As for small hardware changes to counteract piracy, those happen pretty regularly with consoles. But such changes wouldn't be "a way to maintain sales momentum" as this article indicates. That's something only a new or revised model could do. Anyway, two years into the console's life, it's pretty easy to guess at an "xl" version of the Switch on the horizon, particularly given Nintendo's handheld history. Lower cost for the base model, slightly better screen, slightly better performance for the "xl" sounds about right to me.
Personally, I think any slump in sales for the Switch are more likely to be software related than sticker shock. Because aside from Smash and Pokemon, there's been a dearth of major first-party software announcements. Hitting 2017 running with 2 amazing first-party titles was a great move that clearly paid off on the interim, but the long view has been looking spotty as a result -- hence slower sales. You can tell from the past few Directs that Nintendo has been leaning into their growing third-party lineup (I mean fuck, it finally happened for them!), but those are at best appetizers while most of us wait for more main courses to be served up.
Gamehowitzer said:I don't know about an XL version. The switch as is already barely fits into pockets
I could see them upgrading the system in general with just overall better performance and battery life.
As for smash and pokemon, once those games drop the switch will surely either be flying off of shelves again, or have a pretty steady sale rate for the next year or two.
Yeah my sister is the only one who plays my switch rn. But once smash rolls around i will be obsessed with it.Walter said:Just spitballing here: It could be for the people who don't need to fit it into their pockets.
Well that's why I called it "xl." They can upgrade it in a number of ways, not the least of which would be an enhanced screen — whether that means bigger or not.
Those aren't enough for everyone, myself included. It's been a long while since I regularly played my Switch.
Walter said:Those aren't enough for everyone, myself included. It's been a long while since I regularly played my Switch.
Gamehowitzer said:Yeah my sister is the only one who plays my switch rn. But once smash rolls around i will be obsessed with it.
lol i personally don't care about melee. Without wavedashing (which was a bug) melee was slower than brawl. I'm just excited for dark samus, ridley, young link, etc. I mainly play marth so his changes are gonna be fun too. And it'll be more fast paced than even smash 4 was which i'm really excited for. Even the music is extremely hype. Have you HEARD the gangplank galleon? https://youtu.be/WiH0NifzovkGriffith said:I mean, isn't it just going to be Smash 4 Deluxe with a bigger roster? As a Zelda/Mega Man/Souls fiend I'm a total hypocrite for saying so, but get over it, Smash fans! You're just going to conclude it's not as good as Melee anyway.
Crimson said:Nothing else interests me. And with the inclusion of their blatant ripoff online service, Pokemon is now officially dead to me as a series and all I look forward to now is the next Fire Emblem game.
Grail said:That's a neat custom Switch skin Crimson! I agree that aside from portability, there's not much that grabs my attention about this system. The only thing I was thinking about getting was Pokemon, and that doesn't feel worth buying a new console for.
Wait, what ripoff is this? You mean the connection to the mobile game?
My only problem is that they don't have dedicated servers for games like smash. Other than that i think most of the "controversy" is people being whiney little shits. I'm not saying the online service is good, i'm just saying they told us that it would be a paid service long before the switch came out, AND postponed its launch, giving us free online for a time.Crimson said:There's a lot of controversy regarding the Online service if you Google it. So maybe they'll wise up, but... I'm not counting on it.
It's even worse that online play for the Switch was free until just a few months ago, so needless to say, yeah, I get why people are pissed.
So, what do we think of the Switch Lite? I might actually consider this because... I don't know when I'd play it at home anyway. Then again, it would be difficult to give up the TV functionality when you can take the regular model with you already, and the prices you'll be able to find may be comparable, especially if they bring out a pro model to really make the 1st generation obsolete. I notice it's also coming the same day as Link's Awakening, so there may be yet another Zelda-themed bundle. Anyway, what do you think, Switch users and non-users? I'm particularly interested in what current Switch owners think since they know the system and have the best idea how much this could improve or limit the experience.
It has no appeal to me personally, as until very recently, I more or less exclusively played in docked mode. But my son plays exclusively in handheld mode So if he goes head-over-heels for the new Pokemon, I might end up getting one of these for him.
For anyone considering it, you should know that the handheld mode tends to downscale more processor-intensive games, whether in resolution, depth of field, etc., it's almost always a lesser experience. For some games, that hardly matters. But in Breath of the Wild, it went from 1080p to 720p noticeably. And in Xenosaga 2, it's basically unplayable in handheld mode.
Now it's possible Nintendo has raised the clock speed to ensure resolution parity, making this an upgrade over the original, but we won't know until release, likely.
I play exclusively in handheld mode. But why would I care about this? This does nothing my OG Switch doesn't already do.
Kinda goes without saying, but this is the first of two planned new models for the Switch, a Lite and a "Pro" (I'd bet they'll call it New or Plus), due out next year.
So if it were just this, a stripped down, cheaper model, there'd be cause for confusion and concern. But this Lite is clearly just meant to reach a wider audience through price point. What they do with the Pro/Plus will likely be more interesting to us.
Well, that's what I want to get at; knowing what you know now about your Switch usage habits, if you had to buy one again might you just opt for the cheaper Lite? That's why I'm considering it. I basically no longer have access to the TV anymore, and in fact it may be preferable if I can just sit off to the side and be "present" without being noticed while they watch Sesame Street or SVU, respectively.