Nintendo Switch review: beyond time and space

Nintendo Switch review: beyond time and space

August 20, Nintendo introduced a game console Nintendo Switch. At this time there were no Gimmicks, in the sense of useless innovations. No stereoscopic image, asymmetrical multiplayer, augmented and virtual reality even more. Everything is aimed only at one thing: provide the user with the ability to play where, when and with whom you want.

Presented «hybrid» Nintendo Switch Console consists of several key components. The heart of the device is a mobile unit that resembles a simple tablet.

Nintendo Switch: Specifications

The company did not disclose the technical details, but according to the leaked information, the mobile unit the following specifications:

  • SoC: Nvidia Tegra X2
  • RAM: 4 GB LPDDR4
  • Display: matrix IPS, size 6 “, 1280 × 720 pixels
  • Cartridge slot
  • Connector mini jack
  • Camera: resolution of 800 × 480 pixels
  • accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • NFC

It emerges a very powerful tablet. It is worth noting that there is used, according to the characteristic holes in the body, an active cooling system.

The relatively low resolution 720p screen with a diagonal 6 “is well suited for gaming. The graphics will be approximately at the level of the last generation of consoles, that is not far gone from the previous Nintendo Wii U. Because never chased technologies, internal studios that will last for several years ahead, and third-party publishers and developers with pleasure will transfer to the new platform their old hits. Already it is known that in Nintendo Switch will be The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Nintendo Switch review: beyond time and space

NFC Support alludes to compatibility with figures amiibo. It’s nice that the good traditions continue, and gathered a collection of Nintendo characters will not stand idle.

The biggest issue is the presence of the cartridge. More precisely, not a question. This is just an obvious need, because the game now are large, their dimensions are calculated in gigabytes (and even tens of gigabytes). However, the storage system based on the built-in flash memory, it is necessary as the air in the era of digital distribution. So the question is how big is the amount of internal memory.

Judging by the fact that the individual slots for SD-card in a mobile unit is not present, there will be no possibility to expand the memory.

Another question – autonomy. Because the mobile unit can take with you wherever you go, even in the resting room, even on a long trip, it would be desirable that the device did not work an hour or two, but at least six hours without recharging. mobile unit size is large enough (in thickness), which allows you to install high-capacity battery.

Nintendo Switch review: beyond time and space

The second component is the overriding Nintendo Switch – a pair of controllers, named Joy, Konami (Joy-Con). By connecting to a special station in the form of a gamepad or mobile unit to the right and the left, they provide familiar to console gaming controls: two stick, two triggers, two shift, cross (four individual buttons) and four «A» button, «B», «X», «Y».

It should be noted that the console designers put the right stick a block «A» button, «B», «X», «Y». This happened for several reasons. Firstly, it has been differently Wii U, and for many users this solution causing discomfort. Second, Joy-ends are disconnected from the mobile unit and converted into two almost identical, independent of the controller! Each one stick and four buttons, which is sufficient for games with simple controls, such as racers and platformers. Thus, on one console without any additional financial investments can simultaneously play two people. Of course, the screen size of 6 “it will be, to put it mildly, not very comfortable, it is better to play in front of a large TV.

Nintendo Switch review: beyond time and space

“Hybrid” console Nintendo Switch manifested in the fact that the mobile unit is then connected to a docking station. The game immediately flies to the small screen to the big TV, and you can continue the process, without having to reboot and load. Very comfortably.

According to unconfirmed information, the docking station the following specifications:

  • SoC: Nvidia Tegra X2
  • RAM: 6 GB LPDDR4
  • Image Conclusion: 720p and 1080p
  • Cartridge slot
  • Slot for SDHC memory cards
  • HDMI: 1 pcs.
  • USB 3.0: 2 pcs.
  • USB 2.0: 2 pcs.
  • NFC

It is easy to notice that by connecting to a docking station, it is possible to output the games in a resolution of 1080p. Large (for game console) the number of USB-ports alludes to the fact that the manufacturer immediately laid plans modularity of the device connecting to it additional gadgets.

Interestingly another. The docking station has a slot for SD memory cards types. Probably, it can be used to install the purchased product in the digital games. In addition, there is a slot for game cartridges. If this information is confirmed, the “hybrid» Nintendo Switch will be nowhere near as portable as we have shown in the video premiere. Docking Station will actually act as a storage device that stores the entire collection of games, and the mobile unit will allow to bring your favorite game is only one – on the cartridge (or a few games on multiple cartridges).

To draw conclusions, it is necessary to wait for more information. Much is unclear, leaked information can not be justified. There is great concern regarding the cost of the device. Now the PS4 and Xbox One sold for $ 300, and Nintendo will be very difficult to deal with them, even in this price category.

Nintendo Switch review: beyond time and space

Nintendo Switch: Conclusion

At this time, Nintendo came up to the establishment of a gaming device from a pragmatic point of view, without any fantasy on the theme “What if …”. No more double screens, flirting with 3D and gyroscopes, dancing with the motion controller, piles of plastic-sticks kopalok, attempts to use non-traditional ways to manage the gaming process (eg, voice). Nintendo Switch offers a screen, just simple buttons and sticks. Only now you can take them with you wherever you go.

Ability to use Nintendo Switch as portable and stationary console is a huge advantage. Of course, it will again be only a platform for fans of games from Nintendo. But it is extremely comfortable to use platform, not a freak type Wii U.

You should not rely on the support of third-party publishers. They are the future engines PS4 and Xbox One, and updated several times more powerful versions of these consoles. The Nintendo, as usual, with the cheerful company of Mario, Link, Donkey Kong and Pokemon others carelessly stomping on the road of yellow brick, beyond time and space.

Source: nintendo

Nintendo Switch review: beyond time and space was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 by Tomas Shellby