NINTENDO SWITCH – IS IT FOR YOU

Nintendo Switch price and release date

  • What is it? Nintendo’s newest console
  • When is it out? March 3, 2017 (pre-orders open now)
  • What will it cost? $299.99 in the US, £279.99 in the UK, $469.95 in Australia

Design

  • Three form factors; handheld, console (docked) and tabletop
  • Lots of accessories, which are at risk of being misplaced

In the Nintendo Switch box you get the main body of the console, complete with two detachable controller sides, a grip which enables you to combine these controller portions into a more traditional gamepad, two straps which can be attached to these sides to make them into two individual controllers, and a dock that allows you to plug the console into your television.

You also get a USB Type-C power cable (with a non-detachable power brick) and an HDMI cable for connecting the device to your TV.

 

Handheld mode

  • Bigger than traditional handhelds
  • Slightly cramped for the right hand due to right analogue stick
  • Split D-pad on the left side

First up is handheld mode, which is the form factor that’s most like the hardware that’s come before it.

In this configuration you attach the two controller portions (the Joy-Cons) to the left and right edges of the screen, and you use the console much like the PlayStation Vita.

In fact, the size and shape of the console’s analogue sticks make it feel a lot like a modern Vita, although it doesn’t feel as solid because of the joints that exist between the Joy-Cons and the screen.

Console mode

  • Connects to your TV via an included dock
  • Docking process is seamless, and can be done mid-game

The second form-factor is console mode. You place the main portion of the console in the included dock, this connects the device to your television, and you’re then free to detach the Joy-Cons to control the Switch from a distance.

The way the console transfers the viewing experience from its own screen to the television is as seamless as it could possibly be. You don’t even have to pause your current game – it happens completely in real time.

Tabletop mode

  • Screen can also be detached and propped up on a table

The final form factor is what Nintendo calls ‘tabletop mode’. Using the kickstand that’s attached to the back of the screen you can prop the console up on a table and then detach the Joy-Cons for some semi-portable gaming.

In theory this is a perfect fit for long journeys on public transport where you have a tray table to place the console on.

Set-up

  • Set-up is simple
  • Console will need to be told whether Joy-Cons are being used together or separately

Setting up the new console is suitably simple.

If you’re using the device as a handheld then simply attach the Joy-Cons and press the power button.

If you want to play games on your TV you’ll need to plug the dock into the TV via HDMI, and hook it up to some power via the included USB Type-C power lead. The console then easily slips into the dock.

Virtual reality with switch

Yes it is a possibility and probably the best way to use Nintendo Switch. You can find this VR headset on eBay, but it won’t come cheap.

CHECKOUT OUR LATEST POST ABOUT VR

Check IGN‘s video for their impresions on the first 48 hours with Nintendo Switch

 

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