Nintendo Switch vs PlayStation Portal: Which Is a Better Choice?

Published 11/10/2023, 11:48 AM EST

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The countdown to the launch of the PlayStation Portal has begun. Fans are excited to experience Sony’s latest innovation in handheld gaming. But ever since the PlayStation Portal was announced, there has been a lot of curiosity around the product, considering it is an accessory. Further, there is already a major player in the handheld gaming market, the Nintendo Switch.

The look and branding of PlayStation Portal invites a strong comparison of the product with Nintendo’s hybrid console. While both the products look strikingly similar to each other, there are a lot of differences that make both the products poles apart. Well, here’s how PlayStation Portal is different from Nintendo Switch technology on various parameters. 

Comparing PlayStation Portal with Nintendo Switch 


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Before beginning the comparison, there’s an important clarification. Both the gadgets might be portable gaming machines, but that’s about it. The Nintendo Switch is an independent gaming console that can be used to play both physical and digital games, whereas, without a PlayStation 5, the PlayStation Portal is useless, considering it’s an accessory. Sony’s handheld Portal’s purpose is to enable remote play, which is the streaming of games from PS5. 


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Nintendo Switch 

Nintendo’s hybrid console stands out as a versatile gaming device that supports a wide range of gaming experiences. It’s developed to be played on a handheld or while connected to a TV. The hybrid nature of the console allows seamless transitioning between portable and console gaming. Its detachable joy-con controllers offer various options, including motion controls. Additionally, the ability to download and play games directly on the device itself contributes to its flexibility and autonomy. 

PlayStation Portal 

PS Portal has been tailored specifically to serve as an accessory for the PS5 console. Users can stream games from their PS5 to the Portal’s screen.

It is important to note that the functionality depends on stable Wi-Fi and relies entirely on the PS5’s hardware for the gaming experience. Unlike the Nintendo Switch, the Portal lacks the ability to download and play games natively on the device, limiting its usability to being an extension of the PS5. 

Value for money based on specifications 


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The OLED panel for Nintendo Switch has a 7-inch display with 720 pixels in resolution. Portal, on the other hand, has an 8-inch LCD panel with 1080p resolution. Both the devices, however, share an equal refresh rate of 60Hz. Some PlayStation fans might be disappointed with the fact that there’s no OLED to improve brightness, contrast, and accuracy, but considering the price is $199.99, the lack of OLED seems understandable. Further, the demand is so high that after pre-order launched, it was reportedly sold out across multiple retailers in Japan and U.S. 

The choice between the two products highly depends on the requirements of the player. Switch offers a higher value for money when you consider the cluster of options it offers for gamers in a slightly heavier price range. The Switch’s biggest advantage is that it’s an independent console. However, the PS Portal might be a helpful addition for all the PS owners who don’t always have access to the TV. 


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So, clearly, both the products cater to a completely different set of audiences and the only strong similarity they share is the look. The PS Portal, as an accessory, forms part of the PlayStation ecosystem, so to speak. So what’s your pick between the two?

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Written by:

Vaibhav Singh Tomar


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Vaibhav Singh Tomar is an Esports writer whose passion for storytelling transcends the boundaries of traditional mediums. Armed with a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communication, and 7+ years of experience in storytelling and content writing, he brings a fresh and dynamic perspective to the world of digital sports. Having contributed 542 articles to Essentially Sports, Vaibhav's writing journey is not just about sports but also about weaving compelling narratives.
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Rohan Karnad