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Which is better - Nintendo Switch or the Steam Deck?

Which is better - Nintendo Switch or the Steam Deck?  

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  1. 1. Which is better - Nintendo Switch or the Steam Deck? Or other?

    • Nintendo Switch
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    • Steam Deck (Valve)
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    • Other Handheld Option
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Which out of these two, do you think is the better of the two? As in the better in terms of what they offer and what they're capable of. I personally can't judge because I haven't had enough time with a Switch and I have yet to use a steam deck. I would assume the Steam Deck is a better device based on hardware and the library of games. But the Switch probably has a more accessible audience. Or is more accessible to the audience. 

If I had to vote, I would probably go for the Steam Deck, but I haven't used it. I did use a switch a few times and from what I played I liked. But I can't judge which is better until I get my hands on a steam deck. 

But, what are your opinions on this? I know it's hard to compare these two, there's different in many ways. 

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The issue with the Steam Deck is that not every game in the Steam library is compatible with it, whereas with the Switch, there isn't any compatibility issues. Well except for a few games for the Switch Lite.

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Nobody trying to decide between these two should be looking at them as handheld vs handheld, this is a games console vs a PC. If you want the gameplay experiences that only Nintendo can provide, it's a no brainer, buy the Switch. It you want to play a wider variety of games on the move, the Steam Deck should appeal more if you aren't as interested in Nintendo's exclusive franchises.

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I heard the Steam Deck can support games with next-gen graphics with far superior performance than the Switch, so Steam Deck automatically wins for this one because I heard Doom (2016) had performance issues on the Switch. Nintendo might have caught up with next-gen graphics, but they're still far behind when it comes to supporting said graphics on their console.

I do own the Switch and not the Steam Deck though because I was never really a handheld gamer, playing all of my PC games on my desktop and playing my Switch games in Docked Mode.

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I think those are aimed at two different audiences. One is more mainstream, the other for the more hardcore PC gaming crowd. The Switch probably won't be affected much by this but I can see the Steam Deck gaining its own success, especially once emulators work well enough on in.

I can see the Steam Deck becoming a really good and versatile "retro game console" no matter how it succeeds with modern PC games.

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It's kind of an Apples to Oranges comparison - I mean besides both being handhelds, they're both vastly different. The Switch is a dedicated gaming handheld while the Switch is more of a handheld computer that can do infinitely more than just play games despite being marketed as such.

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