The wait is finally over! Nintendo has been keeping us at the edge of our seats with their little teases about their new console. Nintendo unveiled their newest addition to the Nintendo family- Nintendo Switch. You can watch the trailer release of Nintendo Switch below:
Before being revealed, it was known as the Nintendo NX and had endless rumors and speculations floating around the net. However, now that Nintendo has turned concept into reality, we can finally paint a clearer picture of what's to come for the Nintendo Switch. Here are some facts we gathered about the Nintendo Switch:
Console hybrid, indeed
The video starts out with a man playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on his wide-screen TV from the comfort of his living room. He then takes out this tablet-like game screen and attached grip controllers to the side and continued playing the game on the screen. This is confirmation of the rumors we've been hearing about Nintendo Switch being a portable tv console hybrid. Later on in the video, it is revealed that the game screen sports a kickstand and detachable controllers.
Joy-Con- Nintendo Switch's unique controller
These two controllers can be slipped onto the sides of the main console (the tablet-like game screen) or detached and be used on their own. It has two analogs and four buttons on both sides. There is a minus button on the left controller and a plus button on the right controller which are probably buttons for the volume control.
One of the most notable features of the Joy-Con was the fact that they could be used together in a game or used separately for multiplayer, as shown in the video when they played Mario Kart. They take things further up a notch when they showed the possibility of 4-player local multiplayer mode using two Nintendo Switch units (4 Joy-Con controllers) playing a game that looks very much like NBA.
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
For those looking for a more traditional console feel, Nintendo has shown an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller that got e-sports enthusiasts interested when they showed a Splatoon (2? port? No details yet.) competition being played at a live event.
NVIDIA Gaming Power
A while ago, we wrote an article about the rumors regarding Nintendo Switch before its reveal. One of those was that it would have an Nvidia GPU, which turns out to actually be true. Here's what Nvidia has to say about the Nvidia Tegra mobile processor they're going to use on the Nintendo Switch:
Nintendo Switch is powered by the performance of the custom Tegra processor. 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 Nintendo Switch’s gaming experience is also supported by fully custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries. NVIDIA additionally created new gaming APIs to fully harness this performance. The newest API, NVN, was built specifically to bring lightweight, fast gaming to the masses. Gameplay is further enhanced by hardware-accelerated video playback and custom software for audio effects and rendering. We’ve optimized the full suite of hardware and software for gaming and mobile use cases. This includes custom operating system integration with the GPU to increase both performance and efficiency.