It’s been a while since Nintendo officially revealed its new hybrid gaming console, but gamers are still asking questions about its unique design and capabilities.
While Nintendo has stated that it will not reveal any more information regarding the console until closer to release, there is still a fair amount of information available regarding the Nintendo Switch.
Here is everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch:
The main feature of the Nintendo Switch is its hybrid console/handheld functionality, allowing owners to game in a traditional console environment or on the go.
A pair of detachable Joy-Con controllers are attached to the sides of the handheld and can be used in a variety of ways, from sliding onto a frame and being used as a conventional controller to being split into two small controllers for local multiplayer.
Hardcore gamers will also be able to experience a more traditional input method by using the standalone Switch Pro controller, which sports a conventional and ergonomic controller design.
Nintendo has not elaborated on specific features apart from the console’s central design concepts yet, so the Switch may still surprise users with something new.
The Nintendo Switch will have full third-party support alongside Nintendo’s unique first-party titles, which means you can play both Skyrim and Splatoon on the same device.
Below is a list of games confirmed to be coming to the Nintendo Switch:
- The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild
- New Super Mario game
- New Mario Kart game
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
- NBA 2K17
- Dragon Quest XI
- Project Sonic 2017
- Just Dance 2017
Nintendo has also partnered with many developers in order to support a larger number of titles than ever before, check out the list:
The Nintendo Switch is confirmed to be using a mobile Nvidia Tegra processor, most probably the Tegra X1.
The Tegra X1 processor is a Maxwell-based mobile SoC that has been implemented in a number of devices, including the Google Pixel C tablet.
However, Nvidia is also working on a Tegra X2 SoC based on the company’s revolutionary Pascal GPU architecture and using the same 16nm manufacturing process as the GeForce GTX 10 Series.
If the Nintendo Switch implemented the Tegra X2 instead of the Tegra X1 SoC seen in early development kits, the performance boost would be massive, as the X2 is projected to offer performance similar to that of an Xbox One in a mobile form factor.
Nvidia has remained quiet regarding the SoC that will be implemented in the final product, but its post alongside the reveal of the Nintendo Switch could offer some hope regarding a Tegra X2 SoC:
“Nintendo Switch is powered by the performance of the custom Tegra processor,” said Nvidia.
“The high-efficiency scalable processor includes an NVIDIA GPU based on the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards.”
The reference to “top-performing GeForce graphics cards” could mean that the Tegra SoC designed for the Nintendo Switch uses a Pascal-based GPU.