Games Inbox: Will the Nintendo Switch 2 be as powerful as the PS5?
Staff, 2023-01-23 19:30:00,
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Rather than trying to predict what the Nintendo Switch 2 will look like or when it will come out I want to address a more important issue, as far as I’m concerned: how powerful will it be? There’s already been some speculation as to what chip it might use but the bottom line is will it be as powerful as the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S? As far as a I can see this is impossible. Just look at how big the PlayStation 5 has to be with its massive fans, I don’t see any chance of miniaturising that to something as small as a portable/hybrid console.
I’m not even sure if it’ll be as powerful as the PlayStation 4. The Steam Deck is the benchmark here and given Nintendo’s desire to keep costs down, in both senses of the word, and the fact that it’ll no doubt have lots of weird hardware options I think we’ll be lucky to have something that’s as powerful as Valve’s machine.
That has its own issues for those that care a lot about graphics but for me it’s more interesting as to what this will say about continuing last gen support and whether the Switch 2 will ‘hold back’ the current gen. The Switch completely dominates gaming in Japan and there’s a good chance the sequel will too,…
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