Nintendo Switch is an upcoming video game console developed by Japanese company Nintendo. Officially unveiled in October 2016, the Nintendo Switch is scheduled for worldwide release on March 3, 2017.
Described as a “home console that you can take with you on the go”, the Nintendo Switch has three gameplay modes. The device is also aimed across all demographics of players.
The main unit- the Hybrid console- is shaped like a tablet computer that can be used as is or it can be connected to a television display through a detachable docking station.
The console doesn’t come with dual-screen functionality. Through the single-screen experience, the player will see the content on the console when it is out on the dock or on the screen attached to the dock when the console is docked. It also runs on the same processing technology as a tablet computer, making it more geared towards being portable.
The docking station can be connected to a TV via an HDMI connection.
The LCD screen on the Nintendo Switch measures 16cm and has a 720p screen resolution. It supports 10-point multi-touch capacitive sensing.
Two controllers- called Joy-Cons- clip either side when portable, giving a Wii U GamePad-style experience. They come off when the console is slotted into the docking system.
Designed for a multi-player experience, (up to eight consoles can join a network) the console has 2.5 to 6.5 hours of battery life. There is also a USB-C port for charging while out of the dock.
The console includes a 3.5mm audio jack and stereo speakers.
A review on The Guardian called the Nintendo Switch “most exciting as a handheld that’s powerful enough to take home, rather than ‘a console you can take with you.’”
According to GameSpot, the console is predicted to sell 40 million units by the end of 2020.