Ever since the original Game Boy, no other gaming manufacturer has managed to topple Nintendo in the handheld market. Even when other companies were offering objectively superior hardware, Nintendo always won out. Why? Well, Pokemon of course.
Tell me a great game that will only exist on Steam deck and then it's a conversation. Until then, it's not a platform like Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft.
Imagine trying to convince a casual gamer to buy something where they'd have to worry about whether something can be played or have to tweak the performance.
How can you say it's not a platform when Steam the platform is installed by default on the device. Steam which has all last and current gen 3rd party games as well as 3rd party games from the PS360 gen which arent available to play unless you plug in your old console. The Switch doesn't even have half of what came out last gen and will probably have non of what will come out in the next couple of years
Not to mention emulation and I mean emulation of PS1, PS2, GC, Wii, GB/A, N64 all those libraries of games which Ninty and SONY seem to not care about will be available day one and those emulators will probably be ported natively to Linux if they aren't already available. Sorry but I think people are really underestimating this. It's a literal PC in handheld factor. The PC is already a platform for gaming and game preservation. These sort of machines are already available but this one having Steam and valves name behind it makes it a guaranteed success if they play their cards right
PC is a platform with exclusives, Steam Deck plays PC games. But if you have a PC already there is nothing exclusive to the Steam Deck device. The sell is just convenience, which is definitely something cool but compared to console counterparts and past handheld devices... there is no software to push the system.
I can tell you of lots of great games that exist on steam but don't exist on switch ... if it was exclusives alone the WII U would have persisted but the main factor that contributed to the switch's success was the form factor... personally i bought the switch to play nintendo games but i don't believe that's the main reason most parents buy it for their children
House Party. I mean, It probably wont, but atleast SteamDeck has Call of Duty and Battlefield I mean those casual games that most kids are playing, and its pretty much the entire PC catalog as long as its on steam.
I've had the switch for ages, and outside of a couple of Nintendo exclusives I don't use it. Only game I want to play is skyward sword remake and the remake of pokemon diamond. Outside of that I couldn't care for the exclusive games. For my age I find price of games better on a PC, so you could spend 40bucks on a handful of great games on steam or 40 bucks on one Nintendo game that most likely started on the Wii U first.
I think it plays a lot of the games found on all 3 platforms you mentioned. Kinda remember seeing them play Death Stranding on it and I’m pretty sure Horizon Zero Dawn can be played on it. However you want to try to spin it the PC is a platform and Steam is one of, if not the biggest gaming services on the platform. Will this sell as much or be as popular as the big 3 consoles? No, not at all, but it’s still pretty awesome for what it is.
TBH it can be called an Xbox deck since it can play all of Xbox games. Just a cheaper alternative and mobile
resident evilVIII, red dead redemption 2, call of duty... every high end multiplatform game are exclusives for the deck against the switch.
Biggest threat to Nintendo is Nintendo
Steamdeck is just a glaring example of Nintendo being anti consumer. Fanboys defended Nintendo saying they couldn't deliver something as powerful as the steam deck in a handheld but here we are now. I personally got rid of my Nintendo switch lite. I see now that a few games aren't worth being treated like a child by Nintendo. There are more choices for me game wise than ever before. I have a steam back catalogue full of hundreds of games. I'll play those at decent prices while crazy anti consumer Nintendo can rip off kids but not me. I still have all my switch games just so I can sell them on a rainy day or just so I can legally emulate them on steam deck
"Fanboys defended Nintendo saying they couldn't deliver something as powerful as the steam deck in a handheld but here we are now." Who said this? The Steam Deck costs more and is over double the weight/size, pretty sure everyone would agree that something with those differences should expect it to be more powerful lol.
You just 3 Nintendo games away from matching the Steamdeck price.
Currently the biggest competition to Nintendo is actually mobile gaming. A lot of the Japanese games (& Asian games for that matter) that would traditionally appear on Nintendo are now go directly to mobile. A lot of the latest amine tie-in games don't even appear on Nintendo. As for Steamdeck, I think it is aiming at a completely different customer based than Nintendo.
at the very least hopefully it makes Nintendo wake up. If they commission AMD to make something very similar in a year or two it would make for a great Switch Pro. Who knows.
Why would it make them wake up? They've sold almost 90M units already and that's before the OLED model goes onto store shelves. They don't have to change a single thing, they've handled the Switch lifecycle like a dream company and profit wise.
I'm simply saying for a successor, this power wise would be perfect. In a year or two the cost of this would come down, but it would still be perfect at playing plenty of games at good resolutions / framerates.
It's a portable gaming PC. It's not suppose to be a threat to anyone except if Apple came out with their own portable gaming pc. Nintendo will continue on its own path because of name recognition. The only people really interested in this piece of tech are PC gamers who see the benefit of their steam library being portable and the fact that you can install any mod, iso, os, and roms you want just like a PC. It's just a whole different beast on a whole different plateau. You can't even compare the two.
It lacks the franchises that fans have grown up and loved since the NES days and Nintendo has all that. I haven't played my Switch in handheld mode I haven't played a handheld since I got my Game Gear recapped and McWill modded. I like my games on a tv or on a PC with better specs then Steam Deck has under the hood I don't even game on my phone. If the price is right I would get the Steam Deck to add to part of my collection would I use it I doubt it since I have a pc.
You can emulate the franchises that fans have grown up and loved.
Emulators are extremely niche, that's not a selling point for 99.99% of consumers.
When was it ever ? LOL The only threat to a Nintendo handheld was the PSP to the DS and the Vita to the 3DS.
Vita was dead in the water once the 3DS lowered the price and Sony basically left it to drown. I really wish the Vita was supported properly.
Steam Deck does not need to be a threat to Nintendo. I hope it's enough of a threat to get Nintendo motivated to do more, but it's not about dethroning Nintendo in the portable space. Steam Deck is an extension of the Steam service made physically manifest. More than anything, it serves to expand who can enjoy games on their service since plenty of the games in the Steam library would destroy my PC just from trying to load the title screen. For people with capable hardware already, this probably isn't an enticing offer. But for people with crap PCs? Yeah, this is Valve tapping into a new market. Seriously doubt there is any threat involved, and I doubt that is even the intention.
Or lower their overprice games, that have not discount for the last 3 years.
I never understood the "overpriced" argument. In principle, everything and nothing can be overpriced since value is subjective and it's really what one is willing to pay. If you look at FIFA and are willing to pay full price for a copy paste job, can't say it's overpriced. If it is, you wait for a sale. I think lowering their prices would help a lot, but if you're not seeing price drops, chances are, they're still selling rather well at full price.
They will not. They make the most money on their games because of this. If a game like The Last of Us Part II sells 20M units vs Smash Bros Ultimate at 20M, Nintendo will have made a lot more at $60 vs a price drop. They're the best at profits because of this and never need to drop it from a company standpoint. More people on N4G need to take their personal opinions and emotions out of examining a situation because it leads to inaccurate statements.
I wish they adopted more of Sony's model when it came to discounting their 1st party games. No reason Zelda should still be full price.
They should make a knock off Mario game and do nothing but reiterations of it for 30 years...
Switch has been a let down, just another wii u. Would not surprise me if they released a pro version next year only to be emulated on a steam deck months later.
"Just another Wii U" How to tell me you don't know what you're talking about, without actually saying you don't know what you're talking about.
I feel the SteamDeck is similar to Stadia, a product that is technically possible yet fail in the general gaming market. Steam players are all PC gamers, which demand the fastest CPU, the best graphic, 4K, play games on the biggest possible monitor, etc. I'm not sure how many PC gamer will settle for a sub-optimal gaming experience, apart from the earlier-adaptors.
I never bought a third party game on switch and with steam deck just around the corner, I never will.
If I didn't own a switch I would've been all over the deck. The switch collects dust. I just don't find much value in the games outside the few must haves. Gamepass has been my go to hop in and out this year. The deck just seems a better value for money with the steam library being massive and much cheaper than Nintendo pricing.
counterpoint, I bought a swtitch to play indies like hollowknight on the go. I care not at all about pokemon or even Zelda. My controlers have been failing so I was considering buy another set, then saw the switch oled and tought about waiting to buy it instead, after seeing the announcement of the deck, theres just no way in hell I will ever buy a switch again.
Article is 100% correct. The Steam Deck will not at all make Nintendo change anything about the Switch or make a hasty decision. When you sell almost 90M units in just over four years and have no signs of slowing down, why would you alter your plans for a non-threat?
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