Nintendo Switch: Quick Software and Hardware Overview (Updated)

Nintendo Switch is a hybrid gaming device that can be transformed into a living room console, a desktop console or a handheld console in three simple steps.  Nintendo Switch with the Joy-Con controllers is priced at $299.99 and is launching on March 3, 2017.  With less than a month to its launch, let’s take a quick Software and Hardware overview of the Nintendo Switch.

Software Department

  • It is compatible with amiibo support
  • Online Play: You’ll be able to play compatible co-op and competitive games online by signing in with your Nintendo Account.
  • Comes with a dedicated smartphone app that connects to your Nintendo Switch system and helps you connect with friends for online play sessions.
  • Expected to get ‘some sort of’ VR support with the firmware update
  • Digital games and DLC can be stored on the onboard memory
  • Is compatible with microSDXC cards up to 2TB storage (currently not available in the market)
  • Capture feature will soon record the gameplay videos
  • Expected to support Pokemon Bank with the compatible version of Sun and Moon
  • Currently not supported with any online video streaming service
  • Doesn’t feature a web browser
  • It is not backward compatible with Wii U or any other console games 

Hardware Department

  • Display: 6.2 inches  1280×720 LCD
  • Chipset: Nvidia Tegra processor
  • Memory: 32GB of Internal Memory, Expandable via microSD card
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Brightness Sensor
  • Headphone jack: Yes Stereo Output
  • Battery: Non-removable 4310mAh  battery (Approx. 3 Hours backup)
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, WLAN through an adapter
  • Media output: 1920×1080, 60 fps via HDMI,   5.1channel audio
  • USB Type-C Port for charging and docking
  • Stereo speakers
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, IR Motion Camera on the Right Joy-Con
    Vibration Motors
  • Check out detailed hardware specifications here.

The Switch is initially priced at $299.99 and it doesn’t come with any bundled game. On average each game will cost you close to $60. Nintendo Switch is clearly not made for everyone. It is designed for a very specific group of players. At the end of the day, it comes to the preference and what kind of games you like to play.

Stay tuned for the updates.

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