Since the first video game console “Magnavox Odyssey” (1972), console market has evolved a lot. 7 generations of gaming consoles have passed in 40 years, giving us multiple pioneers at their respective time. Today we only hear about three of them or to be precise only two, Microsoft’s XBox and Sony’s Play Station. Third company Nintendo is not widely known nowadays. Still, this company is trying hard to make a mark again in this industry by their innovative concepts with each console they launch. “Wii Remote” with the “Wii” console (2006) was a great innovation, which broke the boundaries of using buttons of joysticks and users can play games with their gestures, giving more real world feel. It gained popularity and too gained market over the two competitors for a few quarter. In 2010 Sony and Microsoft too came up with their counterparts of the Wii Remote as “Play Station Move” and “Kinect”. By the increase in popularity for XBox and PlayStation, Wii soon was the name of the past. Wii U has been is the successor of Wii was a handheld console, but didn’t gain popularity because of mobile games and users could easily play high graphics games to their Android and iOS devices. After the demise of Wii U Nintendo launched a hybrid console “Nintendo Switch” with the benefit of both, handheld and home video game console.
Handheld device (Tablet Mode)
“Switch Console” and “Joy-Con” together make the handheld device. It has 1.02 GHz Octa-Core (4xARM Cortex-A57 & 4xARM Cortex-A53) with 4GB LPDDR4 memory, 6.2 inch touchscreen with a 720p screen resolution and NVIDIA GM20B Maxwell-based GPU @ 307.2 – 384 MHz graphics card and these are powered by 4310 mAh Lithium ion battery. The console has a 32 GB internal storage expandable up to 2 TB using micro SD card. Addition to this device has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, 1USB type C for charging and a kickstand. It supports both ROM cartridges and digital for games and software and there is no region locking on this device. It has 3.5 mm headphone jack and does not support Bluetooth wireless headphone.
Joy-Con is their proprietary controls works in pair (Joy-Con L and Joy-Con R). Joy-Con can be attached to the console or to the Joy-Con grip controller via side rails. When detached they can be used as two independent controllers for multi-player games. A Switch supports maximum of 8 Joy-Con connections. Each Joy-Con contains 4 action buttons (ABXY), an analog stick, accelerometer and gyroscope for motion control support, haptic feedback system known as “HD Rumble” and few other controls base upon L or R version of Joy-Con. While Joy-Con R also contains an infrared depth sensor and NFC reader, allowing it to communicate with the console using Nintendo’s wireless and storage protocol Amiibo. Each Joy-Con has its own non-removable 525 mAh, 3.7 V Lithium-ion battery separate from the Console, with an estimated twenty-hour lifespan. These batteries are automatically charged if they are attached to the Console while it is charging itself. Joy-Con controllers can be attached with straps for their safety and easy handling by the players while detached with the console.
Home Console (TV Mode)
Switch Console with or without Joy-Con controllers can be docked to its docking station and you can now enjoy your game on your TV at 1080p resolution with 60 fps. The Docking station has a power supply to charge the Console, HDMI to connect to TV, 1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0. 384 MHz GPU is too under clocked while undocked but while docked it is clocked up to 768 MHz. While docked you play your games via Joy-Con attached to the Joy-Con grip or via the Pro Controller. Pro Controller is no included in the box and need to purchase separately. As for games, most of them supports both modes, but there are some games for which either has to connect it to the TV or use it as a handheld console.3
– Nintendo Classics as Exclusives
– Gesture based games using Joy-Con controllers
– No HDR support
– No Blue-Ray DVD support
– Small game library
– Cost US $300 – At this cost you can have Xbox One S or PS4 Pro with HDR, Blue Ray Support, vast library of games and more clock speed & memory.