All the info you'll need on the Nintendo Switch. From design to confirmed games, we've got the lowdown on Nintendo's new hybrid console
The Nintendo Switch is set to launch this March and the Japanese gaming giant has high hopes for their new console.
Nintendo will have a lot riding on the Switch, especially after the disappointment that was the Wii U. Its failure to attract hardcore gamers with titles from third party publishers as well as the under powered tech and perceived lack of value when it came to its price.
The Nintendo Switch is a new hybrid console which, as the name suggests, can be played at home or on the go. Its focus on portability will go a long way to differentiating itself against its rivals: the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.
From what we’ve seen, the Nintendo Switch is an innovative and quirky device but what else does it have going for it? Here’s what we know after Nintendo hosting a livestream presentation in the early hours of this morning:
The Nintendo Switch is comprised of a main unit that looks similar to a tablet computer. It’s bookended by two detachable controllers called Joy-Cons that can be used individually or attached to a grip to provide a traditional gamepad form. Nintendo will also be releasing a dedicated, Xbox-style controller called the ‘Switch Pro Controller’.
The main unit is connected to a television through a docking station, from which it can be removed and used as a portable console. You can play the Switch pretty much anywhere, from the comfort of your home or during a long-haul flight. It has a built-in stand allows the device to stand upright if you’re playing it while on the move.
The Switch also uses flash ROM cartridges rather than optical discs, similar to the handheld Nintendo 3DS.
The Nintendo Switch is set to be powered by Nvidia Tegra technology, usually found in tablets and other mobile devices.
It’s clear that Nintendo aren’t looking to compete with Sony or Microsoft on the graphics front. Instead, Nintendo will sacrifice performance for performance and power efficiency in order to maintain battery life. The Switch will be less powerful than the PS4 and Xbox One but also smaller, leaner and portable.
On the main unit there’ll be a 720p, 6.2 inch touch screen with a capacitive, 10-point multitouch display. This means that multi-finger gestures are supported, like what you get with today’s smartphones.
Storage-wise, the Switch includes 32GB of onboard memory which can be expanded using microSD cards.
According to Nintendo, the Switch’s battery life will last between 2.5 and 6 hours, depending on the graphical demands of the games being played. It’s hard to know exactly how that will translate on a game-by-game basis, but for reference, the company estimates around three hours of battery life while playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But unlike other portable Nintendo consoles, the Switch uses a standard USB-C connection, making it easy to recharge on the go.
Nintendo patents have also hinted at possible VR support for the Switch, where the device can clip into a headset like a Gear VR or Daydream View. While it’s unknown whether this will be available at launch – or at all during the system’s lifespan – it’s a hint that Nintendo is at least considering the technology.
As with all games consoles, the Nintendo Switch will live or die by its games. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of our most anticipated games of 2017 and will be one of the console’s launch titles along with Super Mario Odyssey.
Among the other confirmed games for the Switch are Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Skyrim Remastered, Rime, LEGO City Undercover, Shovel Knight, Dragon Quest XI, Stardew Valley, Pokemon Stars and many others.
The Wii U failed due to lack of support from third party publishers but has confirmed that the likes of Capcom, Konami, Sega, Activision, Ubisoft, EA and many more will be working as partners on the Switch. Hopefully Nintendo have learned their lesson this time around and will have a greater offering of games.
What Comes With The Nintendo Switch?
If you pre-order the console, inside the box will be the console along with a pair of Joy-Cons, straps to attach to them, a Joy-Con Grip, a dock to connect it to your TV, AC adapter and HDMI cable.
The Nintendo Switch will sell for £279.99, although we found it on Gameseek for £198.50.
When it comes to accessories, a pair of Joy Con controllers will cost £74.99 (or £42.99 individually). The more traditional Pro controller will set you back £59.99.