Starting Price Of Nintendo Switch And “Light Software Slate” Could Cause Problems For Nintendo, Says Analyst
Nintendo Switch is making quite a headway with its first-party titles, however, the hybrid console does not have any significant third-party support aside from a few titles. According to Nintendo, Switch has shipped 4.7 million units till June 30 but, not everyone is convinced that it will be all to save the console.
Speaking with GameIndustry, Wedbush analyst, Michael Pachter, pointed out that while the console is selling really well but, its $300 price tag and light software slate specifically for the second half of 2017 will not be very helpful compared to other major consoles in the market.
The starting price of $300 could eventually become a problem given a light software slate and widespread discounting for the PS4 and the Xbox One. Although the first party slate is promising, third-party support may eventually subside.
He further explained that most of the big releases will not be on Switch and the console’s long term prospects will be evaluated once games from Activision and EA release later this year.
In addition, most of the industry’s big second half releases will not be available for the Switch. We will get a better sense of the Switch’s long-term prospects when games like Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty: WWII and Destiny 2, EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II, and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Origins are released, all of which will compete for consumer wallet share and will not be available for Switch.
In related news, Minecraft on Switch will be getting a resolution boost with an upcoming update. The game is locked at 720p for both docked and the handheld mode.
After the update rolls out for Switch the game will be playable in 1080p resolution while in docked mode.
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