The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid games console will come in two styles – Grey and Neon.
Due to launch on March 3rd 2017, the Nintendo Switch introduces a new era of hybrid gaming. Nintendo announced at their event last night that the console will cost £279.99, as well as showing what will be included, how it can be played and their first wave of gaming partners.
The hardware of the Nintendo Switch is the most fascinating things about it. Let’s take a look at the products:
A 6.2-inch screen that can be inserted into the Nintendo Switch dock for portable gaming.
Houses the main console and allows you to connect it to a TV like a traditional console via an HDMI cable.
The most innovative part of the Switch. These two controllers can be used as one controller via the Joy-Con grip or used separately for multiplayer gaming. Each comes with a joystick and 6 buttons for controlling game play.
There are so many more features of on the Joy-Con. Check out this image from Nintendo.
Used to combine the two Joy-Cons together or can attach the console and Joy-Cons for handheld gaming.
You can see what comes with the Switch in Nintendo’s tweet below.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 13, 2017
“Nintendo Switch is a brand-new kind of home gaming system that offers a wide variety of play modes” is what Nintendo President, Tatsumi Kimishima, had to say about the Switch. They’ve taken a traditional console and turned it into a three-in-one.
Connected to the TV
Connect your dock to the TV using the HDMI cable and play like a traditional games console. Use the Joy-Con grip to bring the two Joy-Cons together to make use of the two joysticks, two sets of four action buttons, as well as a screen capture button.
Remove the Joy-Cons from the grip and you can use them individually for multiplayer game play. Each Joy-Con can be used as a standalone controller with full functionality.
You can connect up to 8 Joy-Cons for the ultimate multiplayer gaming. Nintendo will also be offering online multiplayer for a currently unknown fee.
This is the innovative part. Pull the console from the dock, place it in the Joy-Con grip and attach the Joy-Con controllers. You’ve now entered the handheld gaming mode where you can now play on the move with the 6.2-inch screen.
With a battery life of around 6 hours, that’s plenty of gaming around your house or even on your commute to work.
Nintendo has partnered with Activision, Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, Warner Bros and Bethesda, as well as other Japanese developers including Sega. As a result, it will be launching EA Sports FIFA, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, NBA 2K, and Minecraft, with more to be announced.
Watch the full launch event here