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Jan
28

Nintendo Switch Specs And Thoughts About Missing

 Nintendo is just one month away from releasing it’s newest console, the Nintendo Switch. Although not much was known about the console beyond its sparse commercials, Nintendo kept fans very closed out until now. On January 27th, Nintendo’s UK site finally revealed a full list of specs for the Nintendo Switch, including the dimensions, weight, GPU, memory, and more. Lets take a look at whats happening under the hood of their latest console and give fans more insight.

Nintendo Switch Console Specs

  • Size – 102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm (with Joy-Con attatched)
  • Weight – Approx. 279 (398g with Joy-Con Controllers)
  • Sceeen – Multi-touch screen, 6.2 inch LCD, 1280×720 resolution
  • CPU / GPU – Nvidia customized Tegra processor
  • 32GB of Internal Memory – Some of this memory will be reserved for use by the system, but storage can be expanded with microSDXC cards. Nintendo confirmed that the Switch will allow for 2TB microSDXC cards .
  • Communication Featuers – Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac copmliant) / Bluetooth 4.1 (TV Mode Only) Wired LAN Connection possible through Wired LAN Adapters.
  • Video Output – Max resolution of 1920×1080, 60 fps via HDMI for TV Mode. Note that in tabletop or handheld mode, max resolution matches the screen resolution of 1280×720
  • Audio Output – Supports linerar PCM 5.1ch via HDMI in TV Mode.
  • Speakers – Stereo
  • USB Terminals – USB Type-C Terminal, used for charging or connecting to the Nintendo Switch dock.
  • Headphone mic. jack – Stereo Outpust
  • MicroSD Card Slot – Compatible with MicroSD, MicroSDHC and MicroSDXC memory cards (update required to use SDXC cards)
  • Sensors –  Accelerometer / Gyroscope / Brightness Sensor
  • Operating Environment – Temperature 5 – 35C / Humidity 20 – 80%
  • Internal Battery – Lithium ion battery / battery capacity 4310mAh (cannot be removed)
  • Battery Lasts More Than Six Hours – Some more intensive titles will reduce the battery life. For example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild when played mobile may only last for around 3 hours. This only applies while the Nintendo Switch is removed from its home  dock.
  • Battery Charging Time – 3 Hours (approx – when the console is in sleep mode)

The Switch itself (just the handheld screen) includes a slot for a microSD Card and a USB Type-C Connector. The Nintendo Switch Dock includes two USB 2.0 Ports and a TV Output LED in the front. Beneath the back cover, there’s an AC Adapter Port, a USB Port, and an HDMI Port.

Nintendo Switch Dock Specs

  • Size – 104mm x 173mm x 54mm
  • Weight – Approx 327g
  • Connectors – Two USB 2.0 compatible ports on the side, One on the back (USB 3.0 support will be added in a future update).
    System Connector
    AC Adapter Port
    HDMI PortNintendo Switch Joy-Con Controller Specs

Nintendo Switch Joy Con

  • Size – 102mm x 35.9mm x 28.4mm
  • Weight – 49g (Joy-Con L), 52.1g (Joy-Con R)
  • Buttons (L) – Pressable Left Stick, Directional L/ZL/SL/SR/- Buttons, Capture Button, Release Button, SYNC Button
  • Buttons (R) – Pressable Right Stick, A/B/X/Y/R/ZR/SL/SR/+ Buttons, HOME Button, Release Button, SYNC Button
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 3.0 (Both), NFC (Joy-Con R)
  • Sensors – Accelerometer, Gyroscope (Both), IR Motion Camera (Joy-Con R)
  • Vibration Function – HD Rumble, Capable of varied and precise vibration
  • Internal Battery – 52 mAh Li-ion battery (cannot be removed)
  • Battery Life – Approx. 20 hours
  • Charging Time – Approx 3.5 hours (to charge the Joy-Con, you must attatch them to a Nintendo Switch console or Joy-Con charging grip sold separately)

Concerns about Specs

Right off the bat we can see Nintendo is placing its money on red–by which we mean USB type-C being the new kid on the block for it’s charging needs. Samsung, and several other wireless carriers have already begun to conform, so naturally other mediums will as well. As for USB 3.0 being updated for future use instead of at launch? That doesn’t sit too well with me. It gives Nintendo a slightly bad look in the vein of not being ready at launch. The Nintendo Switch is also doing away with the headphone jack option, and relying on Bluetooth to pick up it’s headphone needs.

This will allow for more versatility, as fans of Turtle Beach, or other gaming headsets will be able to use them with all of their features without having to sacrifice fun factors in the quality over quantity market. The lower GPU speeds have fans a little concerned.

On the one hand, it’s a small machine, so it’s going to require less hardware internally, but it could still come out strong. The other hand shows us that if we place it up against the PlayStation 4, Xbox One S, and PC–it still comes up short…maybe. The Nintendo Switch will put out a maximum of 1080p for Full HD, however it won’t have native 4k support like it’s current competitors. It doesn’t look as if it will support HDR either, which is something a lot of newer TV buyers look for with gaming, especially with Call of Duty.

What is still unclear is what resolution will start at the bottom for it’s native scaling, 480p, 720p or 900p?

As for the games and storage space, Nintendo hasn’t really pushed itself into the future as much as fans expected following the WiiU console from 2012. Featuring 32GB of internal storage, and no mention of expandable memory or upgradable HDD isn’t a good look so far. This, paired with games being 15-16GB on the Nintendo Switch game cards have fans curious about DLC, and online game play. You can always expand the memory with an SD card, but with the free game downloads offered each month you’ll have to watch your memory, or invest in extra memory cards until further announcements.

As for sound output, there’s no high-quality optical S/PDIF port on the Nintendo Switch. If you don’t invest in your own home theatre sound system for your TV and surround sound, then this isn’t a big deal. If you do, then you’ll definitely want to bear this in mind if you decide to invest in the Nintendo Switch.

There are a lot of things still up in the air about the new system, and consumers shouldn’t be too concerned. A lot of great games will be available at launch for the system. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, 1-2 Switch, and The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild just to name a few.

What are your thoughts on the specs and concerns for the Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments or online!

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