After several months of intense speculation from everyone in and out of the gaming industry, Nintendo’s new home console the ‘Nintendo Switch’ has finally been unveiled and….. it’s pretty much exactly what we all thought it was. As reported by Eurogamer back in August, the Switch is indeed a console handheld hybrid that gives consumers the ability to play games with current generation home console specs on the go.
The main system, referred to as the “Switch console”, is a tablet with two detachable “Joy-Con” controllers. The controllers can be removed and held independently of the console, either separately in each hand (similarly to a Wii Remote and Nunchuck), attached to a grip to provide a traditional gamepad form factor, as two separate controllers for multiple players, or they can be used whilst attached to the Switch console.
For gamers not interested in a portable experience, Nintendo has you covered with a docking station that can be connected to your standard HD or 4K TV to fully appreciate the newfound graphical fidelity of their next gen console. It is unconfirmed whether or not the docking station will boost performance in any shape or form, but either way the console seems to have specs that are at worst comparable to the Xbox One, thus meaning that it’s more than serviceable for the general market of 2016.
Additionally, Nvidia has confirmed that Switch uses a system-on-chip from its Nvidia Tegra family of products “based on the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards”, and a custom API.
Furthermore, the Switch has abandoned the now-seen-as tradition of using optical discs for home consoles in favour of reverting back to cartridges like the NES, SNES and N64. However, these cartridge-like GameCards are more akin to those of the DS and 3DS in design than anything from the 3rd, 4th and 5th console generations.
As for games, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, originally announced as a Wii U exclusive, is being developed for both Wii U and Switch, and prior to the reveal, several third-party titles were confirmed for Switch in 2016, including Just Dance 2017, and Project Sonic 2017. The console’s reveal trailer showcased footage from potential new titles in the Super Mario, Mario Kart, and Splatoon franchises.
More information about the console, including price is expected to be announced soon. But this was just a sneak peek of what the Switch has to offer.
So Gamenologers, what do you think about the Switch?