I own a Nintendo Switch. I deeply enjoy the Nintendo Switch. However, I'm not excited to find that I pay more games to my Nintendo Switch than people who play on other platforms are.
From Ars Technica:
People at Switch Blog Switcher decided to quantify how much the "Change Tax" costs while building their own database with Switch games. Their analysis found that 471games are sold on both Steam and Switch, the downloadable Switch versions cost just over 10 percent more on average.
The average indicates a wide range of price deviations, of course, including someone who ends up in favor of the substitute. In fact, a majority of titles on both platforms (55.8 percent) sell for exactly the same price on both, and another 8.9 percent is cheaper at Nintendo's eShop.
Having said that, the price deviation of the rest of the Switch's PC ports can be quite large. Payment Day 2, for example, costs $ 50 on the switch compared to just $ 10 on steam. 2016 Doom reboot runs $ 60 on Switch and $ 20 on Steam. Steams Frequent Sales can worsen the differences as well: The Blob is currently $ 30 on Switch but only $ 6.59 on Steam Down from a PC list price of $ 20.
A theory based on data such as Switcher caused the games to cost more on Switch because they are old on the console while they are old news on other platforms. As time goes by, Ars Technics is thinking that the Switch port of games will fall into price. I guess it makes sense: If you waste time and resources by spinning an existing intellectual property off to work on a new platform, you want it to be a worthwhile return on your venture. As much as I love the idea of getting the Doom for my Nintendo Switch for $ 20, the title's developers have a good reason to turn a few drops of blood out of this game that plays rock.
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