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Difference Between Nintendo Switch and PS5

It might seem a bit off to pit the highly gaming capable PS5 against the portable handheld Nintendo Switch, as the former is fairly new with high end specs and is more on the cutting edge of superior gaming. The Nintendo is less cutting-edge tech than the PS5. But since we’re doing it anyways, let’s see how the two very different devices stand up to each other.

Nintendo Switch

The Switch from the house of Nintendo is a small, lightweight, handheld gaming console which also doubles as a full-fledged media center console. Switch, as the name so suggests, can be used in two ways: you can either use it on-the-go or dock it to play the games on your TV, with a more traditional controller. The Nintendo Switch is home to some exclusives from popular franchises like Super Smash Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart, and more. 

PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5 (or commonly goes simply by PS5) is the latest addition to the Sony’s game console lineup announced in 2019 as the much anticipated successor to the already popular PS4. With the PS5, Sony took a huge leap forward in the console gaming arena, offering high-end specs, gorgeous 4K display, stunning visuals, and a truly game changing DualSense controller that is just insanely amazing.

Difference between Nintendo Switch and PS5


– Sony PS5 is a powerhouse boasting high end specs for a full-fledged gaming console. First, there’s an 8-core custom AMD Zen 2 chip which is like super impressive and then there’s the new custom RDNA 2 GPU, offering real time ray tracing support that just takes your gaming to a whole new level. You have 16 gigs of GDDR6 memory and a super fast SSD for the first time in a console. The Nintendo Switch is a portable handheld gaming console with 4 gigs of LPDDR4 RAM and Nvidia custom Tegra processor. Overall, the PS5 is a much powerful console than the Switch. Comparing them is like comparing chocolate to fries.


– It’s actually not fair to compare these two consoles. The PS5 is a full-sized media center console with gorgeous, crystal clear visuals and a brilliant 4K display support for crisp imagery. This is a chonky device that requires a lot of room on your TV stand but it’s a huge leap forward in console gaming, offering super fast loading times and a superb controller that makes playing games more immersive than ever. The Nintendo Switch, however, is a small hybrid console that can be played both on-the-go and on the TV while docked. Its hybrid nature makes it a great companion.

Physical/Digital Games

– Talking about physical games for disk playback on the PS5, this can be pretty straightforward. PS4 disks can be installed and played completely offline. And the same goes for PS5 disks; you can install and play them offline. Same is true for digital PS5 games. Once they are downloaded, you can play them offline. With Nintendo Switch, game cards play right away and are completely offline. There might be a fair chance some Nintendo Switch games will need to be downloaded before offline play becomes available. Digital games can be played offline as long as they are played on your primary console.

Nintendo Switch vs. PS5: Comparison Chart


Talking about specs, the PS5 is a much powerful gaming console, boasting a massive 8-core CPU running at 3.5 GHz and a GPU that runs at 10.28 teraflops with 36 compute units at 2.23 GHz, 16 GB of GDDR6 memory, and 825 GB of solid state storage. The Nintendo Switch, on the other hand, is a handheld hybrid console with a 4-core CPU and a variable GPU that runs at different frequencies depending on whether you’re on-the-go or playing on the TV while docked. So, a direct comparison yields much more powerful results for the PS5. It’s all the way better than the Switch.

Is Nintendo Switch powerful than PS5?

Nintendo Switch surely offers the best of both worlds – a handheld console that you can take anywhere you want as well as a traditional media center console that can be docked to play on your television. But PS5 is a gaming beast with powerful specs and offers an immersive gameplay experience.

Is Nintendo Switch better than PlayStation?

Nintendo Switch is a hybrid handheld console whereas PlayStation is a full-sized media center console with equally powerful controllers which add a layer of immersion to your whole gameplay experience.

Is Xbox better than Nintendo Switch?

The current Xbox Series S and X are among the most powerful consoles on the market combining high-end specs with smooth gameplay. That makes the Xbox even more powerful than the Nintendo Switch.

Is Nintendo Switch OLED worth it?

Apart from the pleasing design, vibrant display and enhanced audio, there is nothing about the OLED version that actually stands out. The most significant difference is probably the larger 7-inch OLED screen. So, the OLED is clearly the winner but it’s also more expensive.

What is the best console?

Sony PS5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X and Series S are the real winners when it comes to choosing the right gaming console in 2022. They are both powerful machines with incredible hardware for a complete immersive experience.

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[0]Spear, Rebecca. “PS5 vs. Nintendo Switch: Which should you buy?” iMore, 10 Dec. 2021, www.imore.com/ps5-vs-nintendo-switch. Accessed 27 Sept. 2022.

[1]Honorof, Marshall. “PS5 vs. Xbox Series X vs. Nintendo Switch: Which console is right for you?” Tom’s Guide, 26 May 2022, www.tomsguide.com/features/ps5-xbox-series-x-nintendo-switch-console-comparison. Accessed 27 Sept. 2022.

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