Today, Nintendo had finally unveiled all the final details about their upcoming Nintendo Switch. Let go over what we have found out.
Just like the Wii U, the Switch’s main unit is a 6.2 inch capacitive display with multitouch capabilities. It has a native resolution of 1280×720 pixels.
We can safely assume that the Joy-Con controllers are the successors of the previous Wiimotes. The Joy-Con controllers can either be used connected on to the tablet, or holding it out individually just like how you used to do with Wiimotes. The controllers feature “HD Rumble”, an advanced form of haptic feedback which Nintendo claims that it can determine the precision needed to simulate the feel of different numbers of ice cubes falling into a glass, or the sensation of water being poured. The right Joy Con controller has an IR camera that can determine the shapes and distance of objects.
Dock and Performance
If you’re on the go, you’ll either be playing on handheld of tabletop mode, which will render the games to run on 720p resolution, the minimum high definition resolution. It’s still pretty neat, knowing that you’re sitting down somewhere with no power source and the game you’re playing is on 720p resolution. If you do connect it to the dock however, the Switch clocks up its processing power and goes up to 1080p. The dock will then have to be connected to an external display, whether it’s your TV or PC monitor using a HDMI connection. As for audio the Switch features native 5.1 surround sound from the HDMI. The main unit however has an audio jack for you to plug in to your speakers or headphones when you’re playing outside.
The dock has two USB ports, which we can assume that it’s used to charge the Joy-Con controllers and probably your smartphone.
Nintedo claimed that the Switch’s battery life varies depending on what game you’re playing, varying from a minimum of 2 1/2 hours to a maximum of 6 1/2 hours. Well, we did also find out that a gorgeous game like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can run an average of 3 hours on tablet mode. A piece of great news is that the portable tablet does not require a proprietary cable to charge, but using the more easily available USB-C cable. As for the Joy-Con controllers, no information has been given about how long it can last on single charge. The Grip accessory however, is able to charge Joy-Con pads.
The Switch comes only in a single model that comes with 32 GB of internal storage. It seems a bit little for something so powerful. Fortunately, you have the option to expand your storage using microSDHC and microSDXC cards.
The dock allows the use of Ethernet adapters for you to connect to a LAN network easily. As for WiFi, it will be the 802.11ac standard, with support up to eight systems over the local WiFi connection.
Nintendo has decided to step into to the same paid multiplayer arena where PlayStation Network and Xbox Live have been fighting. It is said to be launched Fall 2017, with a free trial subsciption starting in March. This service lets Nintendo Switch owners connect with friends for online multiplayer, with the help of a dedicated smartphone app that connects to the system. Oh yeah, fans will definitely rejoice knowing that region-lock is not on the Nintendo Switch, which means it doesn’t matter where you buy the Switch or your games from anymore.
Release, Price and Colors
The world will share a release date of 3rd March 2017. For it to arrive in Malaysia might probably take up to two weeks from global release date, based on past history of consoles entering the Malaysian market. In the US it will be retailing for $299 (RM1334). Japan however, may be cheaper at Y29800 (RM1159). It will come in two colors, Black with gray Joy-Con controllers and Black with neon red and blue Joy-Con controllers. As for Malaysia, it may be estimated (more like a hunch) to be a minimum price of RM1399 to a maximum of RM1599.
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