Yesterday, Nintendo finally gave us a detailed look at the Nintendo Switch, the company's upcoming console. Ever since the Nintendo Switch was first revealed, we knew that it would be a hybrid, mixing the best elements of Nintendo's handheld systems and its home consoles. However, until last night, we still didn't know exactly how the console's different modes would work, and how long its battery would last while on the go.
The Nintendo Switch console itself, as seen in the first trailer, is a mid-sized screen with detachable parts. The screen functions as a touchscreen, similar to the Wii U GamePad. The console can be attached to a small charging hub, which connects to a television set and a power outlet. It comes with special controllers named Joy-Cons, which can be attached to the Nintendo Switch screen itself or to a "Joy-Con Grip," which forms a more traditional controller. There are "L" Joy-Cons and "R" Joy-Cons, each with a different button layout, and they are connected to the left and right side of the Nintendo Switch console respectively. When disconnected from its charging hub, the Nintendo Switch will have a battery life ranging from 2.5 hours to 6.5 hours. It charges using a USB Type-C outlet.
Nintendo Switch will have three separate play modes, named TV Mode, Tabletop Mode, and Handheld Mode.
TV Mode will work just like any regular home console: the Nintendo Switch, in its charging hub, will be connected to a television set, and players will use the Joy-Con controllers, either on their own or connected to a Joy-Con grip, to interact with the console. Alternatively, a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller could be used for certain games.
When playing in Tabletop Mode, players can take the Nintendo Switch console on the go, and use the screen of the Nintendo Switch console as a miniature television set. The screen is placed on a flat surface and stands up on a retractable kickstand, and the Joy-Con controllers or Pro Controllers are used to interact with the console from afar. In this mode, players can share several different controllers with friends to play in local wireless multiplayer. You can also play multiplayer games between several Nintendo Switch consoles; up to eight different Nintendo Switch consoles can be connected to each other for local wireless multiplayer.
In Handheld Mode, the Nintendo Switch screen is connected to both Joy-Con controllers, and is held in a player's hands, just like a regular handheld system. This mode is meant for easy, on-the-go gaming. The player interacts with the Switch using the buttons on the Joy-Con controllers or the console's touchscreen interface.
For now, this is all we know about the main Nintendo Switch console. What do you guys think? Is the console's battery life good, or did you expect to see it last longer? Do you see yourself playing in Tabletop Mode and Handheld Mode often? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Nintendo Switch Presentation