More Nintendo Switch Specifications Revealed
After its official kick-off event yesterday, we finally know a little more concerning the specifications of the Nintendo Switch, the new hybrid console from the Japanese tech giant. Up until the announcement, very little information was available, leading to rampant speculation across the Internet.
Most of this speculation has now been laid to rest, though the picture as it stands now isn’t entirely complete. For one, it’s still unclear which GPU exactly will be driving the Switch. It will likely be an NVIDIA Tegra, though Nintendo has not confirmed this information. Using this lightweight card would mean that the new console will contrast poorly against powerhouses like the PS 4 Pro and the upcoming Project Scorpio.
The good news for Nintendo fans comes in the form of the Switch’s LCD touch screen, that will be able to display games at 1280x720p. Though this is a little below spec compared to next-gen portable devices in production now, it fits in well with the projected North American price of US$299 and the possible inclusion of the Tegra.
Storage capacity for the Nintendo Switch will be a little on the underwhelming side: the built-in hard drive will be able to hold up 32GB, though additional storage can be added using microSDXC cards, much like is possible with the 3DS. If there is a maximum amount of storage the Switch can handle, we don’t know it yet.
Much of this information will likely not be too interesting for hard-core gamers thanks to the Switch’s reasonable price point, though that group may be unpleasantly surprised that the Switch will only have 2.5 to 6 hours of battery life when undocked. This makes the Switch rather unpractical for prolonged mobile use, the semi-handheld console’s main selling point.
The Nintendo Switch will be available from March 3 onward in North America, hopefully between now and then a clearer picture of its capabilities will emerge.
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.