Nintendo Switch: Specs, Price, Release Date and More
At the Nintendo Switch presentation event 2017, the company shed more light on its new hybrid gaming console – Nintendo Switch, revealing details like the pricing, key specs, release date and expected games. The console will launch globally on March 3rd for a suggested retail price tag of $299.99/£279.99.
Depending on user’s preference, the Nintendo Switch can be used either as a handheld console or home video game. When on the go, the Joy-Con controllers are attached to the sides but when at home, it is placed in its dock, which attaches to the TV and the controllers are attached to as a one-handed controller.
The Switch sports a 6.2-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD screen with capacitive multi-touch capabilities for compatible games, custom Tegra processor, 32GB built-in storage and microSDXC card slot. Up to 8 systems can be connected wirelessly and the battery life can last up to 6 hours (or more) of usage.
The system includes the console itself, Joy-Con controllers (L & R), the Joy-Con Grip, 2x Joy-Con wrist straps, Nintendo Switch dock, HDMI cable and an AC adapter. Two versions of the system will be released: one with a set of gray Joy-Con and the other with one neon blue and one neon red Joy-Con.
The Joy-Con controllers can act as a standalone controller, in each hand or two player support. They can also be combined together into one using the Joy-Con Grip or connected to the sides of the Switch, in handheld mode. Each controller has accelerometer, gyro-sensor and advanced HD rumble.
The capture button on the left Joy-Con takes instant game play screenshots to share on social media. The right Joy-Con has a NFC touchpoint for interacting with amiibo figures and IR Motion Camera for detecting distance, shape and motion of nearby objects in specially designed games.
The Nintendo Switch supports online Wi-Fi multiplayer gaming like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The company will also charge a monthly subscription fee for its online services, which will initially be free at launch until summer 2017.
Some of the games expected includes Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (March 3), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (April), 1-2 Switch (March), ARMS (Spring), Splatoon 2 (Summer), Super Mario Odyssey (2017 holiday season), SnipperClips (March), Fire Emblem Warriors and Xenoblades Chronicle 2.