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NBA 2K18 Switch vs. PS4 Pro vs. Xbox One S video comparison

Posted on September 15, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in Switch, Videos

IGN published a new video that compares NBA 2K18 on Switch to the game running on a PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One S. See how the three versions stack up against each other below.


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  • WTFISTHISSHIT?

    Not much of a difference at all.

    • DespyCL

      Less detailed textures, no out of focus blur, slighty downgraded characters models (noticiable if you look closely at the clothes the anouncer or reporter is using) and im sure it seemed to run at a lower frame rate than the other versions.

      • Michael C

        and 30fps

      • Kenshin0011

        Also worse anti-aliasing.

    • Michael C

      Buy glasses

    • he’s wearing a totally different suit

    • Tide

      Youre crazy! Clearly his tie is different in the Switch version.

    • Isaac TV

      I think I’ve gotta agree with WTFISTHISSHIT?

      There’s nothing shown here that changes any of the gameplay. I’ll be happy playing on the PS4 even if the background is blurry.

  • MoYeung

    I wonder if there is a PS3 version? Switch would sit above PS3 but below PS4 and Xbox One.

    • Jozko Haluska

      my thinking too .. it’s a ps3 mobile 🙂

  • Jaxon Holden

    Gosh dang, this version looks really comparable. I’m all in. I’m not even really a basketball guy, but this game on Switch seems amazing, and setting up tabletop mode and playing a game with someone seems awesome.

    • Michael C

      comparable…… less detailed, lower grade models… 30 fps…what

      • SpectralDynamite

        It runs fine, plays the same as the other versions and you can take with you wherever you want, meaning you can square off against someone in a moment’s notice. That’s all you need it to do and it does it.

      • DiscoGentleman

        @michael Do you get off on posting these kinds of comments here? I’ve seen several from you in the past few days, and I don’t even read every article.

      • zelgadis greywords

        yes comparable. The switch is obviously less powerfull than the other two consoles, if you where expecting all the games to be the same then you have a problem.

      • Bradley

        Can’t he like what he wants to?

  • Aline Piroutek

    Pretty much the same aside from the framerate(important).

  • Hidden Flare

    Was the suit too high quality to run on the switch. ;P

  • SeaSquall

    This actually looks worse than I thought it would. Are people watching this on your phones that say it looks the same?

    Watch it on 1080P on your TV or Computer Monitor and then you’ll see the difference. It’s huge.

    With that said, playing on your Switch in portable mode, it won’t be super apparent because of the small screen. Playing on a TV though will be a huge noticeable difference.

    Also that frame difference is staggering . The switch looks like its running under 30FPS next to the 60FPS PS4/X1

    • FlyBri

      The Switch version looks worse than you thought? Really? IMO, I feel you were expecting to much hen. I’m pretty surprised at how good it looks, given the hardware 2K is working with. It would be nice if the Switch version ran at greater than 30fps, but I think the visuals would have had to take too much of a hit. And while the lower quality will definitely be much more noticeable while docked, I feel that anyone who views the Switch as a home console is is mistaken in what the Switch is — overwhelmingly a portable console, and the dock is used more for convenience when home.

      But in regard to NBA 2K18 on the Switch, while not ideal, I think 2K did a pretty admirable job for the first iteration on the Switch.

      • SeaSquall

        ” I feel that anyone who views the Switch as a home console is is mistaken in what the Switch is — overwhelmingly a portable console, and the dock is used more for convenience when home.”

        Nintendo themselves market this console as a home console first and foremost. I can send you articles where they make clear that their focus is as a home console that you can take with you if you absolutely can’t stop playing.

        https://www.polygon.com/2016/10/20/13347910/nintendo-switch-home-gaming-system

        I get that a lot of people throw this portable weight around because its how some people use the system and because it allows for excuses made in sacrificing visual details. I get it. When someone says the switch version looks terrible, then someone can say, yea well I at least I can take it on the go… This has become many the excuse a fanboy makes.

        • FlyBri

          I am aware of what Nintendo said, and they should be slammed for that, because they were straight up lying when they said that. But using Nintendo’s irresponsible marketing as your only defense is not good enough, and totally ignores being objective and living in reality. I don’t listen to marketing hype — if you look at the Switch objectively, the only way to see it is as a portable console that has the convenience of docking it to a TV when you’re home. And actually, if you want to really argue it, sure Nintendo claimed it was a home console first and foremost, but the fact that it is so small and is also portable would still lead an objective person to realize it’s not going to have the same horsepower as a “home only” console. If BMW said their 4 series coupe was a sports car primarily, and you’re comparing it to a Ferrari or Lambo, the BMW is not really a sports car when compared to those other two, no matter what BMW says, and any reasonable and objective person would easily know there was no way the BMW would have the same performance as a Ferrari or Lambo.

          I hate to say it, but the “portable” excuse used when talking about a sacrifice in visual detail is a completely valid one, because, well, just look at the size of the unit. If you are expecting same level graphics on the Switch as an Xbox one or PS4, you’re not looking at things objectively. Accepting lower quality visuals is not an excuse of a fanboy, it’s a valid excuse from an objective person. I’m by no means a fanboy at all. This is the first portable game system I have had since the original Game Boy. I am primarily, by far, a PC and Xbox/PS gamer, and got the Switch just for when I am out of the house, traveling, etc. I never in a million years expected the Switch to even hold a candle to an Xbox One or PS4. Objectively, what 2K did with NBA2K18 is pretty damn impressive, period. Feel free to hate all you want, just accept that you’re really not looking at the situation objectively.

  • Wanderlei

    They compared to the upgraded consoles not the base models and they still look virtually the same.

  • Reggie

    Honestly, I find it so bizarre that people take graphical comparisons so seriously. Yeah sometimes the difference is obvious for some games, but most of the time, the difference really only becomes noticeable when the two are put side-by-side. It’s not like I’ll be looking at a side-by-side comparison when I’m actually playing a port of something. Graphics are not the most important thing about video games, and it’s sad that people would place it on such a high pedestal.

    Granted, most of the people complaining about this are angry PS fanboys who have nothing better else to do, so what do I expect.

    • Ardisan

      I prefer my games with a art style graphically. Other than that, I find frame-rate way more important than realistic graphics that get dated easily. Even the PS4P graphics for for characters still looks uncanny. Also you’re so right about the difference not being noticeable unless you have a side comparison at all times.

  • Tlink7

    Lmao, how can the difference be this small when you compare the power differences between the Switch and the other consoles?

    • Bradley

      The comparison isn’t even with the base models

    • Si2k78

      Cuz people have doubted the switch’s capabilities right from the get go. In the hands on a capable developer, the switch can produce some respectable results. I’m thoroughly impressed that I can play his on my tv, then take it with me if I need to leave the house. Try doing that with your PS4 pro.

      • Tlink7

        Exactly. You’ll have people go”the PS4 version is obviously prettier” but then the logical follow-up is ”but you can’t take it on the go”… both have advantages and disadvantages

  • naught

    noticeable difference but not bad at all

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  • Triforce of the Gods

    Honestly, I prefer this method of using less taxing textures and effects over what we got in the Wii days where they also completely watered down the gameplay to the point it wasn’t even the same game. When I ask for the same experience, I mean gameplay. If u wanted the best graphics, then the other consoles won’t give me that either, only PC would.

  • Re4gNarsil

    It’s one of those things where it’s comparable at a glance outside of the fps, so many won’t notice much of a difference

  • FutureFox

    The Pro and S versions unnecessarily use depth of field here. The Switch is more “realistic” in that sense. When I watch a commentator during a real game the background isn’t magically super blurry for no reason.

  • metalpants

    Geez… they went brutal on Switch. PS4 & XBO weren’t even considered in this comparison… they went straight to PS4 Pro and XBO X. Crazy.

    Also, considering the insanely MASSIVE gap between Switch and PS4P/XBO-X as opposed to Switch versus base PS4/XBO, this is pretty freaking impressive for the little hybrid. Very happy for Nintendo.

    • SeaSquall

      The PS4 Pro doesnt have any enhancements. They were running it in 1080P, not 4K. So the comparison sticks. They say this in the video.

      The Switch was running Docked in 1080P.

      • metalpants

        So we’re basically looking at the PS4/XO version but running on the higher-end systems?

        ‘Cause I mean, even at that point, it’s still impressive. The Switch is essentially 3/4 of an Xbox One, half the RAM, and a different graphics card, so this end result doesn’t surprise me. If Take 2 went all out and put more effort/resources into this port, we’d have something more praise worthy, like Bethesda’s efforts, or heck, even EA with FIFA 18.

        Either way, it still impresses that it’s nigh indistinguishable to the common eye given the obvious hardware differences.

        • SeaSquall

          That’s where people are not understanding. If your not viewing this comparison at 1080P on your tv or computer monitor in HD, the comparison is wrong.

          Once people see these thing in their tv screens it’s going to look verrry different.

          It’s startling how people do not understand how resolution works. I bet most people are viewing this on their phones

          Running this realtime on their tvs will be huge difference.

          • metalpants

            Yeah that’s for sure. Disregarding framerate, they’ll definitely see a hit in geometry and maybe some shaders here and there if they see it in a display with the actual pixel by pixel resolution.

  • _17chan

    It looks very different and runs at a lower framerate. Still gonna buy it though. Only console I own heh

  • Si2k78

    Has the resolution of the Switch version been confirmed?

  • Justin McQuillen

    low vs mid settings basically

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Genre: SPORTS
Publisher: 2K Sports
Developer: Visual Concepts
Release date: September 15, 2017
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