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    Well, the last reported demographics from a month or two ago had 50% playing both modes, 30% primarily playing it in handheld mode, and only 20% primarily playing it docked.

    I'm in that first camp as depending on the situation (or sometimes even on the game), I'm perfectly content playing it in portable mode or playing it docked on my TV. It just depends on circumstance or even just what I feel like. Quite frankly, I just love the flexibility gained just from that choice existing in the first place.

    As for controller, I use the Joycon controller. I haven't seen the need/use for a pro controller at this time when the Joycons in the controller grip alone was very fast and simple to master, being ideal for pretty much my whole Switch library to date. Their 20 hour long battery life with a very minimal charge time of a tenth of that is a bonus.

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    I also don't find the graphics that impressive on the tv, but in portable mode it looks great!
    It's strange, I had the exact opposite reaction; the game looks gorgeous on the TV and loses a good bit of its visual luster portably, which is statistically true as it drops down in resolution and loses some key graphical details.

    Anyway when I get mine it will undoubtedly be mostly used docked, but I look forward to taking it on the go somewhat regularly as well.

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    True, I recall even on the first day I played BotW, I decided to switch to portable mode just to see what the game looked like there, and immediately I could see that there were jaggies everywhere.

    The Switch screen may be comparatively small to a TV, but it's not so tiny that the drop in visual quality is unnoticeable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowLegend View Post
    It's strange, I had the exact opposite reaction; the game looks gorgeous on the TV and loses a good bit of its visual luster portably, which is statistically true as it drops down in resolution and loses some key graphical details.

    Anyway when I get mine it will undoubtedly be mostly used docked, but I look forward to taking it on the go somewhat regularly as well.
    Mmm, yeah, true. The game technically has greater graphical effects and resolution docked, but again, it doesn't impress me. From my experience I find it looks a lot better (or visually appealing may be the "better" word) on a smaller screen than it does on my huge tv. That's an impression though, which has nothing at all to do with statistics or resolution.

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    Yeah it makes sense.


    I generally think Switch games look great portably from what I've seen, but yeah Odyssey to me most definitely looked far better on the TV; one of the best looking platformers ever, I'd argue.

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    Yeah, it looks really good on Switch's 6 inch screen!

    I'm glad we're not arguing SL!

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    Indeed lol.

    It doesn't look bad on the small screen, but you do lose some of the brightness in the environments for sure, I feel. That was the big thing I noticed. Odyssey definitely makes major use of the additional power of the dock.
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    A lot of games run sub-720p in portable mode too, with Xenoblade Chronicles 2 being one of the real standouts, operating in standard definition more often than not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowLegend View Post
    Indeed lol.

    It doesn't look bad on the small screen, but you do lose some of the brightness in the environments for sure, I feel. That was the big thing I noticed. Odyssey definitely makes major use of the additional power of the dock.
    Despite that, I still prefer to play games in Handheld mode over TV mode. And the reason as I stated is because I prefer the freedom of playing my favorite games on the go. Hell, the moment they made Doom 2016 a Switch game was the moment I knew the system has a ton of potential, riped for the picking.

    Now all we need is another Resident evil game ported to the Switch. Maybe RE4. I heard a certain GAmeFAQer flips out at anyone who likes that game. XP
    Currently awaiting......Whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black_Diamond View Post
    Hell, the moment they made Doom 2016 a Switch game was the moment I knew the system has a ton of potential, riped for the picking.
    The potential for third-party games that don't sell? =P
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