Last Week on #DailyPoll – 10/21/16


Welcome to Last Week on Daily Poll. Daily Poll is the poll posted to the PS Nation twitter account, @PSNation, every weekday morning. This post compiles the results of last week’s polls into an easy to digest format. Last week was all about past generation gaming and the newly announced Nintendo Switch.

Over the weekend, Square Enix made several announcements about the future of FFXIV, their Final Fantasy MMO. They announced that with their next expansion, the PS3 would no longer supported and fans on that platform would need to switch to either PS4 or PC. Destiny did something similar earlier this year with the release of Rise of Iron. Should developers do this though? Drop the fans playing on older systems?

Seems like most are okay with continuous games dropping older systems, and even more support that decision if the old platform has few users. Though dropping support can suck for those fans on old systems, it does mean the devs can add new and cooler features to the game. And for their part, Square is offering a free upgrade from the PS3 version to the PS4 version of Final Fantasy, which is a nice gesture.

Along the same lines, though not necessarily for only continuous games, but how long should devs continue to support older platforms. There are a lot of factors here: Sony home consoles tend to get good support even after their successor is out while Nintendo consoles often dry up almost instantly.

Very skewed towards the longer support side, surprisingly. The crowd that votes in our polls tends to skew towards early adoption of tech (at least they did for the PS4) so I thought they might want to see devs switching over sooner. Though as Hector puts it, older gens have larger install bases, and developers do need to make money.

One of the advantages of the digital era is that digital games cost very little to distribute. And one way this advantage manifested itself was that during the PS3/PS4 switch, several games had promotions that allowed fans playing the PS3 version of the game to upgrade to the PS4 version for little or no cost. FFXIV is now doing this but Destiny, Call of Duty, and others also did this promo.

There were really only a handful of games that offered this kind of promotion specifically, so I’m not too surprised by these results. But still, for those 2/5 people who did get a free upgrade, I’m sure it helped ease them into the new generation a lot easier.

Early Thursday morning, Nintendo officially revealed the NX. Called the Switch, it is a central tablet-like unit that can have small controllers docked to it’s sides and also can sit in a cradle attached to a television. Overall, a very modular system and all any gamer could talk about on Thursday.

We’re a PlayStation centric site, so we often have a little bias. But even then, it seems that the Switch reveal hit a lot of the right notes for folks. We really don’t know all that much about it yet, in terms of specs or games or anything, but the reveal trailer set everyone’s imagination ablaze.

One more Nintendo Switch question. The Switch is capable of being played both in home console mode and handheld mode, with several controller options for each. So out of curiosity, I wanted to know how people anticipate playing the Switch more: home console or handheld.

Seems like a Wii U replacement is wanted more than a 3DS replacement. Or it could just be that more folks just don’t carry around a dedicated handheld all the time. In any case, home console edges out the handheld folks.

That’s all for last week. Check back on Twitter each day this week for more polls!

Written by Andy Richardson

Andy Richardson

A longtime PlayStation fan who enjoys JRPGs and rhythm games when he’s not tweeting about his parrot.

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