3 Lessons The New Consoles Should Take From the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s hybrid machine has the smallest barrier between users and their games

User Interface Speed

Both the PS4 and the Xbox One have much faster processors than the mobile hardware inside the Nintendo Switch…yet their cumbersome UI’s can often slow to a crawl. The “bigger” consoles put too many clicks between gamers and the settings they want to change or the games they want to play.

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The Switch menu is just games and simple quick shortcuts. Screenshot captured by the author.
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Photo by Sara Kurfeß on Unsplash

System Software Updates

Nintendo’s Switch software updates install in a few seconds. They download seamlessly in the background when your system is off, and wait for your permission to install. If you don’t want to install them right away, you can delay them, and quickly dive in and save any game you have currently suspended. You can do the same thing with game patches.

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Photo by Ryan Quintal on Unsplash

Simple Rewards Program

Shortly after the launch of the Switch, Nintendo totally overhauled their loyalty rewards system. While some folks miss the real-world items one used to be able to earn, I love the new simple system. Every digital purchase returns gold coins back into your Nintendo account, and you can then use those gold coins as a discount against future purchases with a simple click. You can also earn gold coins from physical games, though the earnings potential is smaller and more restricted.

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Photo by Noah Buscher on Unsplash

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