Sonicx9 wrote:Switch owns the PS4, Xbox One and Wii U hands down in terms of games and is the critics highest scoring of the 8th gen based on review average.

Hmmm, is that so? Let's look at the numbers and find out!

From a pure numbers standpoint, the Xbox One is the only console of the current "big three" that doesn't have a single "F" rating. 27 reviews, 0 "F" ratings. Not even a "D-" as the lowest-rated game on the system is Ryse: Son of Rome, with a "D". Two games have an "A-" rating, the highest of the bunch. About 7% of Xbox One games earned an "A".

Meanwhile, Switch has 3 "F" ratings out of 33 reviews. There's even 2 "D-" reviews thrown in there. A similar sample size to the Xbox One, but just over 15% of all Switch reviews are either a "F" or a "D-". Switch does have 6 "A" ratings and among those three are even "A+" ratings. Just over 18% are "A" ratings.

PS4 looks like it has 7 "F" ratings out of 88 total reviews, with one of those even being a shocking "F-". Rounding up slightly, 8% of PS4 games get the "F". There's also 4 "D-" reviews, meaning 13% of PS4 games got an "F" or D-". 10 reviews got an "A" making just over 11% of all scores.

So, based on scores as a percentage of the system's relative sample size:

PS4: A = 11% ; F = 8%

Switch: A = 18% ; F = 9%

X1: A = 7% ; F = 0%

And if we take those totals out of all reviews for the current "big three" systems (148 total):

PS4: A = 7% ; F = 5%

Switch: A = 4% ; F = 2%

X1: A = 1% ; F = 0%

All figures are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Yes, I know all reviews for all systems scored relative to the other games available for each specific system. PS4 has the largest sample size and X1 has the smallest. But it still says something that there are currently no "F" games on the X1 but three on the Switch. I guess the overall quality of those 6 "A" games skews the curve far enough to drag the rest of the lower-scored games down a little bit. Maybe Horizon Chase or Mutant Football League wouldn't get an "F" on the X1, but hey, here we are.

Given the sample sizes, though, I wouldn't say the Switch "blows away" any of the other systems from a ratings standpoint. More "A" titles, sure, with more "F" and "D-" scores per capita to follow suit. Seems like the X1 data could almost be labeled as "incomplete" since The Critic seems to play more games on the PS4 and Switch. Going by the numbers, it seems like those two systems compare favorably to each other, especially in terms of "F" and "D-" games. X1 is a bit of an outlier.

It is interesting to look at all the numbers in one place, though, and helps to answer one of the questions I posed on the previous page about recent scores and grade letters. This was a fun exercise to put together!

(Feel free to check my math, by the way. I was an art major, after all

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