Up until now, the battle was fought between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Now it seems that a new player has entered the arena, namely the Nintendo Switch console, which plans to be an all-in-one machine that will work both on the go and on the TV. The Switch will be released on March 3rd and it will cost $299. Most likely it will not dethrone the titans who are already on the market, but it has some advantages such as the versatility, the new controllers and the first party games that might give it a boost on the market. But let’s see a brief comparison between the consoles!
The most interesting main feature about The Switch is well, the fact that you can switch. Place the console on a dock and use it on the TV, put it on your desk and use it together with a wireless gamepad or attach the controllers on its sides and hold it in your hand. The Joy-Con controllers are really interesting, they allow for motion controls, they can be used sideways in a “mini” version and come together with the HD rumble feature, which lets you feel things like real objects.
Meanwhile, the PS4 and the Xbox One remain simple living room consoles. However, they both offer Blu-rays and some superior models have a 4K content streaming option.
Similar to the previous Nintendo models, the Switch will focus more on the Nintendo games and less on others. Upon its launch we will get the chance to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, together with Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey and Xenoblade Chronicles. On the other hand, Xbox One and PS4 support most blockbuster franchises, from Dark Souls to Doom. Moreover, you can get some exclusive franchises too.
Hardware and Specs
The Switch definitely chose to focus more on versatility than on power. It runs on a Nvidia Tegra processor and it has a 6.2 inches touchscreen with a 1280×720 pixels resolution, but it can output to 1080p if connected to the TV. It has 32 GB of internal storage that can be expanded through microSDXC cards and it has a USB Type-C connectivity. Regarding the battery, it can resist up to 6 hours, depending on the game.
At the same time, Xbox One and PS4 have better graphics, both running on AMD Radeon graphics cards and 8 GB RAM. Both have 500 GB storage that can be expanded. PS4 and Xbox One S have HDR for better brightness and color on TVs, while the PS4 Pro can output 4K quality.