How does Nintendo Switch compete with the next-gen Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox?

Microsoft and Sony are trying to battle each other with the idea of getting the best console out there. But as they are doing so, the truth is that Nintendo Switch is slowly trying to boost its ante and come up with some new features of its own. The PlayStation 5 (PS5) is the most unusual out of the two next-gen console makers because they wanted to create something different and unique. It’s one of a kind piece, and it manages to show us just how much design can help when it comes to sales. It’s different, but at the same time, it tries to showcase just how exciting things can be when you push the boundaries and want some unique and exciting ideas.

Obviously, every console has its own pros and cons. Some consoles are designed to be simple, and others are more focused on the ease of use or portability. The Nintendo Switch console is the most portable one, and there’s nothing to push it from that throne. It continues to showcase an outstanding value for money. Granted, the games can be on the expensive side, and in the end, that’s what makes them so cool and different in the first place. It’s a unique console, and while the competitors go to the next-gen, Nintendo wants something a bit more different.

Every console wants to target specific clients

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PS5 is looking to impress people that want innovation, a massive quality, and unique experience. They are revamping many of their systems to come up with something rewarding, and at the same time, they do want to provide a multitude of unique ideas for you to explore. It’s definitely worth the effort, and the best part about it is that it’s focused on pushing things to new heights when it comes to value and quality.

On the other hand, Xbox Series X wants to bring you something that focuses more on games. They want to sell the console, but the focus here is their Game Pass. This subscription service tries to offer people access to the latest games while still being a pleasure to peruse and customize as you see fit. That’s what makes the Series X different since it can play a ton of games with a very affordable Game Pass, and it’s one of those things that everyone will love to have. It’s inexpensive, and it will constantly encourage you to buy new games.

What type of games can you find on the Switch?

The Switch’s line-up is expanding rapidly, though, and has a healthy enough library. The Nintendo Switch is not about photorealistic games. Most of the Switch games are very colorful; they look amazing and provide you with an awe-inspiring experience. It’s exciting to see how immersive these games are, and the fact that many of them have portable features thanks to the Joy-Cons.

Some of the best examples when it comes to Switch games include Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as well as Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as well as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. 

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You have a great blend of engaging singleplayer stories, but at the same time, you also have multiplayer experiences like Arms or Rocket League, for example. The Switch does come with a vast range of titles, so all you need is to find what you enjoy the most. So there’s no shortage of games to play, and having this on the go is a definite plus.

Of course, both Xbox and PlayStation have their exclusives, from Gears 5 on the Xbox One to Marvel’s Spider-Man and God of War on the PS4. In contrast, the Nintendo Switch does trump its rivals in motion gaming. While the other two have primarily shunned this format, the Switch embraces its Wii heritage with its clip-on Joy-Con controllers also doubling as motion remotes. This strategy has brought families back to Nintendo in their droves.

How does Nintendo battle all of this?

There are many rumors regarding Nintendo Switch Pro, a more powerful console that will offer us some exciting features. The rumors suggest that the Nintendo Switch Pro will have a new display, a larger one, and it will give us 4K support. It’s hard to say if this new console will fix the Joy-Con drift that the initial Nintendo Switch had, but it’s still a very interesting proposition to be had here. It’s something that many people want since the Switch can be improved in some ways. 

The portability factor is still super important. You have to figure out how to assess the situation and make sure that you stick to the desired console that works for you. It’s one of those things that Nintendo needs to do; they must retain the great Nintendo Switch features and also come up with something new. 

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Bringing at least 1080p resolution will be useful, and at the same time, you also want to go over that, with 4K if possible. That would be quite the leap from the initial Nintendo Switch, obviously, but a significant improvement that people would love. It’s just a rumor, but if we will get a 4K Switch, that would pressure the other console makers. 

Obviously, Nintendo has a different audience, and even if the console supports 4K, the chances are that the game style will still be very simple like the current Nintendo Switches are. So there won’t be as much detail when compared to the other consoles. That’s why Nintendo Switch is so good and different because it manages to retain those great visuals that are still friendly with a less powerful machine. 

And at the end of the day, it’s more for the console gamers than anyone else that’s going to encourage them to try out something new, and it will make the process simpler for everyone to adapt and enjoy.

Will a new Nintendo Switch be more expensive?

Since we are talking about a potentially larger display and 4K support, this will cost quite a lot more. It’s hard to say how much this will cost, but in the end, it’s easy to see that the console will be a success just with a few added features. They do have the right approach with the online part, which is super affordable for an entire year. 

Nintendo is still not focused on services as other companies like Microsoft are. However, we believe that the new console might bring in more support for digital games and encourage people to get those digitally. 

It’s also possible that Nintendo might end up creating their own Game Pass-like service. No one knows if that will happen or how it will look. But at the end of the day, the potential is there, and Nintendo Switch does have an extensive game library.


The Nintendo Switch doesn’t rival the upcoming PS5 or Xbox Series X that much, however, a new “Pro” version of the console might be able to change that. There are rumors that a more powerful Switch will arrive in 2021, and the company already said they are not releasing hardware this year. So it’s pretty much confirming that a newer version will appear in 2021. If they can do a Game Pass-like service, that would be even better, but only time can tell!

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Hugo Hsu
Hugo Hsu
Taiwan | Hugo is an experienced gaming journalist and editor. He has spent more than a two decade playing games, venturing across multiple consoles and game genres. He currently enjoys PUBG and DOTA 2.

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