When the Nintendo Switch was unveiled the expectations and hype for the new Nintendo console reached a feverish pitch. Now, after their long anticipated event to give further details, specs and information about the hybrid console we have been left with many answers and yet many new questions.
My initial hype for the Switch was off the charts but as we learned more about the console I began to cool and now after the Switch event this past Friday, I’m not entirely sure I will be purchasing the console. At the very least, if I do decide to purchase a Switch it won’t be until well after launch.
What has cooled me so much on a system I was so hyped about comes down to a few things including:
With both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One starting at 500GB it seems an odd choice for Nintendo to go with a 32GB model. They have said you can expand the storage using SD cards but that’s an additional cost just for the ability to download digital games and DLC.
Coming in at under 300 bucks in the US is a nice price but that’s not the case in other countries such as Canada (where I live and would be purchasing the console) where it is priced at almost 400 bucks. This figure doesn’t include additional storage, controllers or games which is going to push the price of the console up past the competition.
One of the problems I had with the Wii U is the controller situation. You had the big game pad, then the remote and nunchuks and finally the pro controller. Not all games used a pro controller and some games required a nunchuck and still others needed just the remotes. The situation hasn’t changed much for the Switch where you need a full set of Joy-Con to make a controller, or the pro controller and then you can also play with friends using one half of each Joy-Con. I think this could end up confusing consumers as to what is needed especially when they see that half a Joy-Con is 50 bucks or a full set is 100. If they don’t understand what they need and only buy one half, it’s going to lead to some angry customers. Then if you factor in the price of each Joy-Con the Switch starts getting really expensive for a family who want to outfit everyone with a controller of their own.
Pay To Play
For the first time ever Nintendo is going to charge consumers to play online, the catch…you’ll be required to use your smartphone for some of the features. Now, paying for online play on consoles is nothing new and if they build out a robust infrastructure with top notch matchmaking and communication abilities then most will forget about the cost but if they fail to provide any of that…Nintendo will lose online customers before they even begin.
Right on launch date the Nintendo Switch hits the market behind the competition in terms of graphical ability. The other consoles on the market are already offering 4K and HDR support with the PS4 even having a VR headset out and available for purchase. With the launch of the Switch, Nintendo has none of those abilities and will have to work hard to prove that they can compete with the games the other systems have.
With the Switch not having the graphical power and sheer horsepower the other systems have, 3rd party developer support in terms of games may be at a premium. When the new Call Of Duty, Mass Effect and other tier 1 games launch, will they be able to port to the Switch? Or is it just too underpowered to run the latest next gen games?
Nintendo has not been the most reliable when it comes to getting it’s hardware into the hands of consumers. If you look at the Wii, it was difficult to impossible to pick up a system without having to fight with another customer in the store. The system was always sold out and limited supply kept the demand high. Then you have the recent Nintendo Classic launch and the same thing is happening. It’s hugely popular and yet you can’t purchase a system at retail because the console is sold out. Will the Switch fall to the same fate? If so, will consumers wait around to get the system like they did the Wii?
No Mention Of Additional Software Support (Netflix, Plex etc…)
I like the fact that my game console can pull double duty as not only a device for playing games but also something that allows me to stream my media on. I can use it for Netflix and even to stream content using Plex but nothing was mentioned about this during the Switch event. I think we can only hope that at minimum Netflix is supported on the system.
Those are my 8 reasons for probably holding off on making a Nintendo Switch purchase on launch day. I just see too many unanswered questions and have my doubts about the future of the console. It seems that Nintendo gave up on the Wii U just as developers did and I wonder if not only developers, but consumers as well will have as much trust in Nintendo hardware going forward.
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