The long awaited console from Nintendo has finally got a release date. Via a live stream today, the company announced that the Nintendo Switch will be available in the US starting March 3. It also revealed other interesting facts about the hybrid console.
On 2013, Nintendo merged its console and the handheld gaming R&D teams. At that time it was unclear why they did it. But we now know that they had a plan in the works to release a handheld/console hybrid. We already know that the console is going to be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra GPU. It will come with a 720p display and will gain a performance boost when docked. It will be able to pair with external displays for a console-like experience. The device has attached controllers also known as ‘Joycons’.
New information from the live stream revealed that it has a 6.2-inch capacitive multitouch display with 1280X720 resolution. The games will run at 720p when undocked, but renders games at 1080p when docked. It has an HDMI output for external display. The battery will last for 2.5 to 6.5 hours depending upon the games played. The switch dock features at least two USB (type C) ports. The switch also has an additional Tabletop mode, which allows your screen to be shared among more players. You can network up to 8 Switch consoles together for multiplayer gaming. It will also support Online multiplayer (free for a limited time).
The console will come with an AC adapter, HDMI cable, two joy-con controllers, joy-con grip, a power cable and the Nintendo Switch dock. The Switch will ship with 32 GB of storage expandable via microSDXC cards. There are two variants available, one with neon-red joy-cons and the other with neon blue.
Nintendo also revealed some of the games set to be released on the console. Some of the popular titles include Skyrim, Minecraft, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, ARMS, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Duluxe, Dragon Ball Z and many more.
Nintendo has been struggling to compete with Sony and Microsoft in the past years. But it seeks to do better in the console market this year with the release of this possibly game changing console. But the question is if this new gaming device- a hybrid of a handheld and a console, will be well received by the consumers.
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