Has Persona 5 Arrived on Switch Too Late?
Following the announcement of the Persona games impending release on the Xbox platform came more good news for fans. Nintendo and Atlus followed up by also announced the upcoming release for the same games on the Nintendo Switch. So that’s Persona 5 Royal, Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden all coming to the former JRPG king. Former because we have a new king in town, the Steam Deck.
As we all know, JRPGs are better on handhelds. This isn’t a personal opinion but rather a scientific fact built on sound testing and research. So I think it goes without saying that the platform with to the most readily available access to JRPGs would be the best. In the past that title was held by the 3DS, PS Vita, PSP, DS and Switch. Each of which had their time in the sun to shine but now none come close to what Valve’s handheld offers.
Enter the Steam Deck
To begin with, Steam Deck is a PC based platform, which instantly gives it the edge. PC affords not only access to native games but also emulation and mods. Unlink consoles which suffer from region locking and closed off ecosystems, PCs are mostly open platforms. Even within an operating system like Steam OS it is still possible to do so much more without having to void warranties, lose access to online or jump through complicated jail breaking procedures.
The Market is Shifting
In prior years it was this same freedom which was used against the PC platform but with the advent of platforms like Steam that has slowly shifted. Now even console brands like PlayStation are porting their games to the PC. This offers even more weight to the platform while damning consoles in general.
Why pay for something that should be free?
With PC there is no need to have a subscription to play older titles. Most older games work out the box or with some minor modding. Online, cloud saves and all that other good stuff is also part of the package and so much more. What all of this means is that PC has a much larger library than any console platform with much more consumer positive features.
So with all that being said, why would anyone get the upcoming Persona 5 Royal for the Nintendo Switch? It’s gonna perform worse than the Steam deck, be potentially lost to you once Nintendo Switches (that was funny coincidence) to a new platform. The only logical reason for anyone getting P5 or any JRPG on the Switch would be, lack of funds. If you can switch to the Deck then you most certainly should. The only purpose the Switch has now is for exclusives but who knows how long that will last. Sony made the Switch so why won’t Nintendo?
JRPGs on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/tags/en/JRPG/