Multiplayer portable. Realistic?

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  1. thorasgar
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    One of the big use cases for the Switch seems to be as a portable multiplayer device. I personally just don't see it as the screen is only 6". I just don't see that working out very well.

    What do you think?
     
  2. Daggot

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    The vita's screen is a 5" IIRC and it works fine so I see no problem.
     
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    Must just be my bad eyes. I just don't enjoy being that close to someone else and both trying to use the same screen.
     
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    I played 2-player games on the Wii U gamepad (with a similar screen size) a couple of times, works reasonably well. It's hardly optimal though, but it beats wasting time with shitty phone games.
     
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    I played bomberman and snipper clips multiplayer on the tablet, I presume you saw the demo hall and it was not the best lighting for gameplay. The former was not ideal but still doable and the latter did far better but was not really about timing and precise movement like bomberman. In either case the controller was probably the bigger issue and not a game breaking one.

    That said my eyes are really quite good.
     
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    Ah idk.
    Think about it this way. The 3ds screen is what 3.4 to 4inch.
    while the switch is a bit over 6inch.
    So if you split the screen into 4 (like mario kart) it should still have enough room to see everything clearly.

    And for the most part i think the masses of games will be online multiplay vs same system.
    So you would be able to play like if you had any handheld or were online/system link another system.

    So yea i dont see it being a big deal. Split screen should still be very see able.
     
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    Well yeah it would be nice for 2 players but I can't even imagine 3-4 people.
     
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    Mario Kart 8 Split screen works ok on it although it may look a little cramped, I still love the fact that 8 switches can play together in local multiplayer
     
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    Sharing 1 screen is the 'lure', to get you to buy your own Switch (or to get your friend to buy one). After that, you have your own screen (and your friend has their own).

    The kickstand doesn't seem to want to go to low angles, so looking at the screen from above will be a bit iffy. To me that's a fairly big oversight for both single & multiplayer usage in many situations when your head is higher up than ideal.
     
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    There are third-party stand options, or you could just lay it down flat.

    On another note, download play is confirmed on a title-to-title basis for Switch. Good stuff. :switch:
     
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