This gaming stuff is hard!
We’ve been down this road before, so I’ll try to keep it very brief. Microsoft has been looking to acquire Activision Blizzard, and they’ve been met with opposition. This has led to a legal battle between Microsoft and the FTC, which is taking place right now.
During the courtroom battle, all sorts of gaming topics are being discussed. Not surprisingly, Nintendo has been a topic addressed numerous times. Just today, the FTC has been asking Microsoft’s Phil Spencer about the Switch. Through their line of questioning, it’s clear the FTC and their legal team has no clue what the hell gaming is all about.
According to the FTC’s legal counsel, they’re not sure the Switch should be counted in the same console market as the one that Xbox operates in. Now you and I easily recognize that while the Switch is a console and portable in one, it’s a gaming platform first and foremost, and it offers multiple titles you can also find on Xbox. To the FTC, all of this gaming talk is almost like a foreign language.
Questioning then went onto how many frames per second the Switch can handle, along with the GPU teraflops the hardware is capable of. Again, the FTC is trying to use this information to show that the Switch operates in a completely different market and shouldn’t be counted in the discussion…which I think we’d all agree is just wrong.
Just to drive the point home, the FTC’s lawyer asked Spencer if the, “Xbox X metric operates higher FLOPs than Switch,” which we all know is the main way everyone into gaming measures the worth of a system.