Why I Now Love The Switch

I’ve been a PlayStation guy for years. Not in the sense that I would bash the people who liked other consoles, but only in the sense that the PlayStation had the games that I enjoyed the most.

My first long term console was the original PlayStation, and then the PS2, and so on. I mean, I own all of Sony’s home consoles, including the PS One, and having both the PS4 and PS4 Pro. So, naturally, my gaming experience since the 90s has largely been around those consoles. I have owned the Gamecube, Wii and the original Xbox too, but they didn’t get anywhere near as much play time.

Now, however, I have finally added a Nintendo Switch to my collection. And you know what? I love it! In fact, I actually prefer it to the PlayStation 4 in a few ways.

I would put the two current generation consoles on the same level, as the PS4 has so many of my favourite games from this generation, but the Switch has some functionality and usability improvements that work so well for me. Oh, and it also has some great games, too! So, let’s take a look at why I have fallen in love with the Switch.

The Portability of the Nintendo Switch

One of the biggest things with the Switch is the fact that you can dock it or use it in a sort of tablet mode. That really isn’t news for anyone, since the console has been out for so long. However, I’m only just getting to actually use that functionality, so it is still new to me.

As a parent, I don’t get that much time to go away and sit down in my game room to play something. This is especially true when you consider the fact that my daughter needs a lot of care and attention, even when she is in bed. So, sitting down in front of the PS4 for any period of time can be difficult.

Sure, I do it when I stream on Twitch, but I don’t do that until my daughter has been asleep for some time already, so that I know she is going to be okay.

That’s why the Switch is so good. I can put it in “tablet” mode and sit in the living room or lay in bed, playing a game whilst being able to listen out for whether my daughter needs anything. The portability of the Nintendo Switch is perfect for parents.

The Nintendo Switch Library

It still makes me laugh that Nintendo were viewed as the “children’s game company” for so many years. In fact, some people still think that and I really don’t get why.

The Nintendo Wii had games like Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Fatal Frame IV on it, for example. Those are certainly not games that are suitable for children. Even Resident Evil 4, Zero and the REmake came out on the Gamecube first. So, there have been some really adult, violent games on the Nintendo consoles for years.

The Switch is no different. So far, I only have a handful of games, but I’m playing through Breath of the Wild at the moment, as well as Child of Light (yes, I know it is multi-platform) and I’m loving it. There’s also Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which I am planning on getting in the near future. Oh, and of course, you have the likes of Octopath Traveller as well.

Basically, for an RPG fan, the Nintendo Switch seems to really be a wonderful console. And I know there are great RPGs on the PS4 as well. However, when you combine the RPG library on the Nintendo Switch with the fact that it is easier to find time to play on as a parent, that creates a very strong formula for success, in my eyes.

The Comfort Of The Nintendo Switch

The last thing I wanted to talk about was how the Switch actually feels to play on. Before I got the Switch, I always assumed the tablet mode would be uncomfortable to hold. However, that was surprisingly incorrect.

Laying in bed, I’ve found that using the joycons on the side of the screen to be a lot more comfortable that I had expected. On top of this, the screen size actually doesn’t give me any problems, which is also not what I expected. I honestly thought that the small screen would be a strain on my eyes, but it hasn’t been, at all.

Add to this the fact that the Legend of Zelda Pro Switch controller sits neatly in your hands, feeling secure and extremely comfortable. The buttons have a really satisfying resistance and feedback when you press them, as well.

And That’s All Folks

In the end, I still adore my PlayStation consoles. I always will. But considering the fact that I bought the Nintendo Switch purely for a handful of games, the quality of both the console and the library has been a very big surprise for me. As I stated at the start of this post, I would consider both the PS4 and Switch to be equal in my eyes.

The PS4 has more power (and the Xbox One X has more than that), a host of great games and a wonderful design. The Switch has the usability for a parent, also has a tonne of great games, and is so much more comfortable to use that I really thought.

I’m really looking forward to getting more games for the Nintendo Switch, moving forward.

Do you have a Switch? What do you think of the console? Let me know in the comments below!

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Hello there! I’m Gareth, the 16-Bit Dad; a retro gaming blogger, Twitch Streamer and Autism Parent. With a focus on great games, a wonderful Stream community and help for other Autism Parents, I review games, play them with the community and share my learnings about Autism!

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