The console wars, ever since the earliest days of video games (like pre 1983), there has always been competition about which console was better. Now, in the early days, it was often easy to tell, but as things started to get more advanced, and then more divergent, the lines began to blur. For a console could be a failure sales wise, yet still have some of the best games of the generation. This year, we got an interesting matchup between the Nintendo Switch and the Xbox One X.
Why no PS4 Pro? Well, because while it is good, the Xbox One X is the more “graphically superior” machine, and Microsoft appears to be going all in with it and its power. And it’s not hard to see why, this is truly the greatest graphics and processing video game machine every made. That statement might even include PC devices! But the question is, does the graphics superiority topple the versatility of the Nintendo Switch?
In my opinion? No. And here’s why (for the record, I’m trying to be as objective as possible here), there’s a couple subtle differences that make the Switch better. The first is the fact the Switch is something truly unique. It’s a portable console. Now, we have had handhelds that have games that resemble console experiences, but this is a full-on console, that you can play virtually anywhere in the world. Whereas the Xbox One X is just a better graphics machine. One that you might need a better TV for just to get the full graphics experience. The Switch? You can play on a TV, or just on the tablet itself.
Then, there’s the games. What was the killer app for the Xbox One X launch? I honestly don’t know, because all of its games were on the Xbox One too. Now, the Switch kind of had a similar thing because Breath of the Wild had a dual launch. BUT, since then, they’ve had a menagerie of titles that have come out in its first year to make it stand out. Splatoon 2, ARMS, Super Mario Odyssey, and more helped it sell. Based on what we know right now, any and all games that the X can play…is also going to be available for the Xbox One, which is still a great graphics machine itself.
So in my opinion, though one may be “graphically superior”, the other has more games unique to it alone, more versatility, more hype, and honestly, is just more fun. That’s hard to beat.