The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid game console from Nintendo, with which you can game at home as well as on the go. In this article, we’ll list everything you need to know about the game console.
At the end of last year, Nintendo officially unveiled the Nintendo Switch in a short video. In it we already got a taste of what we can expect from the device, but no further details were provided. This changed at the beginning of January with a presentation that Nintendo broadcast via the internet , via the well-known web presentation series Nintendo Direct. The company has revealed most of the (technical) information about the console there. But at the time of writing, a lot is still unclear.
The Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid game console with which you can game both at home and outside. The Switch is a tablet-like device that can be placed in a holder and thus connected to a television. When you do that, the images are broadcast in 1080p (1080 by 1920 pixels). However, if you play with it on the go, there is a resolution of 720p (720 by 1280 pixels) available, to ensure that the battery does not drain (even) faster. The battery also lasts 2.5 to six hours, according to the company.
Nintendo itself has not yet released a price for the Dutch market, but it looks like you will pay around 309 euros for the device. The box contains the Switch, the dock, the necessary cables, the two halves of the Joy-Con controllers and the Joy-Con Grip, a holder in which you can place both halves of the Joy-Con. In addition, a Pro Controller will be launched (possibly costing seventy euros) and separate Joy-Con controllers can be purchased separately – start saving .
The specifications of Nintendo Switch
The Switch has a wide 6.2-inch screen. Under the hood is an Nvidia Tegra-soc (system on a chip), which ensures that the console can remain thin and still display beautiful images. There is 32 GB of internal storage space available as standard and you can count on micro-SD cards (up to 2 TB) for expanding the memory. That doesn’t seem like much at a time when Xbox’s and PlayStations come with 1 TB of storage space, were it not for the fact that Switch games might take up less space.
What we can expect in terms of strength is currently unclear. Nintendo still hasn’t released any information about that. But when we look at the images of the trailers, we can conclude that the console is at least slightly more powerful than the Wii U. For example, we know that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, an updated version of Mario Kart 8 (Wii U ), at a higher frame rate running on the Switch. But the real proof can only be provided when we get started with a unit ourselves and can therefore notice the differences.
In any case, the system isn’t as powerful as an Xbox One or PlayStation 4, but that doesn’t mean publishers aren’t interested in the hardware in this case. For example, publisher 2K Games has announced that the basketball game 2K18 will come to the Nintendo Switch. Within the next year, games like Sonic Mania, Fire Emblem Warriors, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Redout, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Shin Megami Tensei, FIFA and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim should be released. Nintendo is also working on Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Arms. Check the video below for a complete overview of those titles.
The games come on a small card when you buy them in the store. The cards look a bit like SD cards. In terms of storage space, they are comparable to Blu-ray discs (single layer), but slightly cheaper. That is good news, because it means that it is slightly cheaper to put the games in the store, even if you want to release a smaller game. This difference also means less use of raw materials, which is ultimately better for the environment. Check the picture to see what the game card looks like.
The online service: Switch Online
There will also be an online service for which you have to pay. The service will first be free to try. Payment will take effect in Fall 2017, with further details to be released later. We already know that gamers can download and play a free NES or SNES (with new online gameplay) game per month. There will also be a discount system for subscribers, similar to how Xbox Live and PlayStation Network work. Chats, requests and startups will be done via a smartphone app .
However, pay attention, because there is a catch with those ‘free games’. You will soon be able to play NES and SNES titles every month, but after that month you will have to buy the game if you want to continue with it. You do not keep the games for as long as you are a subscriber; they are different titles every month. And that for games you probably already own – on multiple consoles. At the time of writing, it is unfortunately not yet known what Switch Online will cost, but let’s hope for a low monthly amount.
Unfortunately, the Nintendo Switch will take over few functions from the Wii U, such as Miiverse. That is an online Nintendo network with profiles and game pages, where you can contact other gamers about the topics you want to talk about. There will also be no StreetPass, an important feature of the Nintendo 3DS that allows players to retrieve data when the handheld is in sleep mode. The reason is very simple: at its core, the Switch is still a console for at home and not just for on the road.