Nintendo recently gave us all the details on their newest console.
Amid swirling rumors and growing excitement, Nintendo held a press event on January 13th to give us all of long awaited answers about the Switch. Before going any further here are the big answers to the questions that fans have been asking. The Switch will be released on March 3rd this year with a base price of $299.99.
The release date is surprisingly close, but I don’t think many will be complaining to be able to get their hands on the system so soon. The price point feels like it might be set a little high when compared to the other systems on the market right now, but at the same time I am sure that it will not be too high to deter many, especially hardcore fans.
The system setup includes the console itself, the detachable “Joy Cons” and the dock. This setup allowing you to play at home or on the go. Games will be The console’s 6.2 inch display supports 720p output and the system itself is powered by the NVidia Tegra processor.
The Switch comes with 32GB of internal memory which is expandable by purchasing your own additional memory in the form of microSDXC cards, and the console itself has a USB Type-C interface. Games will be in the form of cartridges still. The switch battery life is anticipated to be in the range of 3 and 6 hours depending on what you are doing with the system.
The new controllers, called Joy Cons, feature what Nintendo is calling “HD rumble” which was touted to provide high fidelity tactile feedback to the user. The right Joy Con has an onboard NFC reader which allows for interface with the Nintendo Amiibo figures.
Nintendo also revealed the online service the Switch will roll out soon. Users will pay a subscription, just as Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus members. It will feature games which will be free to players for a month, requiring a purchase to play after the month is over. It will go live later in the year, but Switch owners will have access to online gaming via a free trial until the official launch.
Nintendo also revealed that there are currently 80 third party games in development for the Switch. The Switch will have ten games available either physically or digitally on launch day with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild being one of the most anticipated. Other games coming to the Switch that were revealed were Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, and The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.
Hopefully you have already pre-ordered the console if you are looking to get your hands on one because nearly all online retailers are sold out now. (They were mostly sold out on January 13th within hours of the press event)
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