You want to buy a modern video game console, and you have $300 to play with. What do you buy?
For $300, you can buy a Nintendo Switch or a PlayStation 4 — both retail for exactly $300 before taxes, and offer their own unique video game experiences.
If you're on the fence, though, here are 10 reasons you should buy a Nintendo Switch instead of the PlayStation 4:
1. The Nintendo Switch can be played on your TV like a traditional game console, but it can also be taken anywhere. The PlayStation 4 must be connected to a power source and a TV to play games.
2. The Nintendo Switch boots up and powers down much faster than the PlayStation 4.
This might seem like a small detail, but when you're turning a game console on hundreds of times throughout the course of its life, every second counts. And the Nintendo Switch can boot up much faster than the PlayStation 4.
The Nintendo Switch takes just under 4 seconds to fully boot up, from completely powered off to on and playing from where you left off.
The PlayStation 4, on the other hand, takes about 35 seconds to fully boot up from Rest Mode so you can jump back into that game you were playing. If you have it fully turned off, and not just asleep, the PlayStation 4 takes even longer to get going.
The startup difference is significant, and it makes the Nintendo Switch act and feel more like a modern gaming console.
3. There are more ways to play the Nintendo Switch than the PlayStation 4.
With the Nintendo Switch, you have at least seven different ways to play:
— Holding two Joy-Con controllers, one in each hand
— Using one Joy-Con as a controller
— Playing with the two Joy-Cons in the Grip handheld accessory
— Purchasing and using the Pro controller
— Putting the Joy-Con on the Switch console and playing it as a handheld
— Playing the Nintendo Switch on your TV
— Playing the Nintendo Switch on your tabletop, thanks to its kickstand
The PlayStation 4, on the other hand, can only be played on a TV, and has just a handful of input options, including the default DualShock 4 controller, the PlayStation Move hand controllers, and the PlayStation VR headset. And suffice it to say, those PlayStation 4 accessories are pricey and not at all portable.