New Console’s Innards Revealed In Switch Teardown Video
Most people who have gotten their hands on the new Nintendo Switch after its launch last week likely sat down with it and booted up Zelda: Breath of the Wild or any of the other launch games available to the new hybrid console. Not so the deconstructors over at iFixit, who immediately took a screwdriver to the one they received and posted the Switch teardown video to the Internet.
The first thing we can see in the video is that the Switch is put together in such a way that once taken apart, it should be relatively easy to put back together again; there is very little use of adhesive and all components have been affixed using screws that can be easily be removed and then replaced. iFixit therefore gives the Nintendo Switch an 8 out of 10 score for repairability, which is pretty decent and should be fairly heartening to anyone worried about maintaining their new console.
DIY fans will likely also be happy to know that the 32GB SD card included with the Switch is easily replaceable, so no need to buy any of Nintendo’s licensed SD cards at a premium. The same does not go, however, for the Switch’s rather unimpressive battery, which is stuck in there and next to impossible to remove. This is keeping with the news from a few weeks ago that Nintendo had opted for a weak battery, but may — note: this is pure rumor — offer a replacement battery service at a later date.
As for graphics, it seems that the Switch is boasting a custom GPU from the Nvidia Tegra family, which should prove powerful enough for the games that have been announced so far. The fan, however, may be a bit too weak to keep the GPU cool, which would explain why the resolution goes down a notch when the console is undocked. All in all, the Switch will likely prove to be a self repairer’s dream while leaving gamers fairly happy as well.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.