What is the Switch?


Here are some quotes from Nintendo concerning their next console.

“At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display.

Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.

In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.”

Keep in mind that the Switch screen does not offer a second screen (or asymetric) experience as the Wii U GamePad did, as far as we know so far. It essentially is the console itself and isn’t used when the Switch is being played at home, as it is docked.

And now, on to the actual system specs.

Editor’s note: most of these specs are rumored and should not be taken as fact

SPECS (source: Eurogamer)

  • CPU: Four ARM Cortex A57 cores, max 2GHz (locked at 1020 MHz)
  • GPU: 256 CUDA cores, maximum 1GHz (768 MHz docked, 307.2 MHz undocked)
  • Architecture: Nvidia second generation Maxwell
  • Texture: 16 pixels/cycle
  • Fill: 14.4 pixels/cycle
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Memory Bandwidth: 25.6GB/s
  • VRAM: shared
  • System memory: 32GB, max transfer rate: 400MB/s
  • Video output: 1080p60/4K30

DISPLAY (source: Eurogamer)

  • Size: 6″2
  • Resolution: 720p
  • Touch: yes, capacitive, 10-point multi-touch

BATTERY (source: Switch News)

  • 5-8 hours

CONTROLLER (sources: Eurogamer, Switch News)

  • Infrared transmitter (right Joy Con)
  • NFC (right Joy Con)

CONNECTIVITY (source: Switch News)

  • Multiplayer with multiple Switch consoles
  • NFC (Amiibo support)
  • USB-C

PRICE (sources: LetsPlayVideoGames and MobileSyrup)

  • $249.99 (United States)
  • $329.99 (Canada)
  • £199.99 (United Kingdom)
  • €229.99 (European Union)