The Nintendo Switch Is On Pace To Lose 3rd Party Support If It Does Not Catch Up…
Consoles and power go hand in hand. You can’t have a gaming console without taking into account the ability for the console to power those games. Computers are very fast. They run through billions of computations every second. But, the truth is that all computers are not created equal. The difference between the lesser from the greater always boils down to one word… “bandwidth”.
Bandwidth is a short way of saying speed. The faster the computer is the more data it can handle at the same time. Now, although you can’t see it when you are playing a game on the Switch, the console is actually performing mathematical calculations on the inside at billions of times per second. Speed is the key when a gaming console is needed because if the console is not fast enough to perform the calculations necessary it will “slow down” and you will notice what everyone calls “lag” in the games.
Why is this important? Because if you or someone you are buying the console for is experiencing lag in the games they are playing it can become difficult to enjoy the experience. After all, the primary motivation to buy a gaming console is to have fun with it, isn’t it? So, why buy a gaming console that limits the amount of fun you can have with it?
Case in point… the Nintendo Wii U. The Wii U was sold during a time where it was severely underpowered against the console giants like PlayStation and Xbox. Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One hardware was king at the time because of their ability to power the current lineup of games. The Nintendo Switch couldn’t even run Watch Dogs without being severely ugly graphically and suffering game lag so bad it was unplayable at certain points.
Although the big wigs at companies like EA and Ubisoft tried to accept the Wii U it just could not get anything sold on the platform because nobody wanted to buy a weaker console. It was the same hardware that was sold in the last generation PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 hardware. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag was a game that release on all the platforms including last and current gen at the time. That means that game released on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, and the infamous Wii U. The game suffered from serious lag even compared to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. So, the Wii U was actually worse in graphical capability than the last gen consoles. It was so bad the Wii U was considered Nintendo’s biggest flop besides a few others like their virtual reality headset from the 90s.
So, power means a lot. If the console is not powerful enough to keep the game running at a stable frame rate (frames/second) than why buy it over a console that can? That is becoming a problem in the near future with the Switch. Now, to prevent a potential issue with the Switch becoming a repeat of the Nintendo Wii U, I hope that Nintendo has learned to upgrade the power of their hardware. Now is the time to upgrade their current Nintendo Switch to keep it in line with current generation power needs.
Soon, Sony and Microsoft will be releasing consoles with the ability to play games in 8K. That means higher than 4K resolution. And although those consoles will only upscale them into 8K (not full res, like an upgrade on a DVD to BD) the Nintendo Switch can only play games at 900p maximum resolution on TV. That’s not even 1080p! The funny part about that is the Nintendo Wii U could play games in 1080p! LOL!
But, besides that, if the Nintendo Switch is to keep itself in competition it is going to need to upgrade their CPU, GPU and RAM. I feel the current Nintendo Switch should get an upgrade into the next line of chips that the Switch currently uses. I’m thinking it needs to be able to play games in at least 1080p without lagging on all current games. I think it even needs to be able to play 4K movies streamed on Netflix and it needs to be able to play The Witcher 3 at a decent resolution like 720p with no lag.
That is totally possible because current PC technology can leverage that just fine and it is very cheap to buy a decent PC with a graphics card upgrade that can handle today’s games. So, I think if Nintendo does things correctly they can have a decent Switch to sell this holiday season. If they don’t, it’s going to be too weak to power the next generation of games from 3rd party consoles. Now, I’m not saying they need to have the power to be the beast of mobile and home. No way! It is a Nintendo console so it’s primary focus is mobile. But, it is a hybrid console so it needs to be able to do its job effectively or they might as well abandon the whole hybrid idea altogether and adopt a mobile Switch version instead if they can’t keep up to date with the power requirements of standard consoles. Honestly, the Switch would most likely still succeed. I don’t think most people use the Nintendo Switch on their home TV as the primary place to play.