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First Impressions of Nintendo Switch

First Impressions of Nintendo Switch

ArsTechnica has the latest gaming console from Nintendo – The Nintendo Switch. They reviewed it recently. Here’s some of the notable details:

  • 6.2 inch, 720p screen displaying fine details
  • Fimsy kickstand that breaks, but it can be reattached
  • 3 hours of portable gaming on one charge – tested with Zelda
  • Sleep mode conserves battery power efficiently – after 8 hours, only 2% loss
  • Wall outlet rating is 15V/2.6A and battery pack rated at 5V/3A
  • Third party chargers aren’t efficient – 1% re-charge every 6 minutes of charging
  • Charging port is on the bottom of system, making it difficult to charge with kickstand propped up

The Nintendo Switch will be available on March 3. It costs $299. Here’s more details from Wikipedia:

The Switch is considered by Nintendo as a “hybrid” console. It is designed primarily as a home console with the main Console unit inserted onto a docking station to connect to a television. Alternatively, the Console can be removed from the Dock and function similar to a personal tablet computer through its LCD touchscreen, or placed in a standalone tabletop mode to be playable by several people. The Switch’s most distinguishable features are the Joy-Con wireless controllers that include standard buttons and a directional joystick for user input, motion sensing, and high-definition tactile feedback. The Joy-Con can attach to both sides of the Console to support handheld-style play, connected to a Grip accessory to provide a traditional home console gamepad form, or used individually in the hand like Nintendo’s Wii Remote. The Switch supports both physical flash ROM cartridges and digital content for games and software, and will not use region locking.

First Impressions of Nintendo Switch
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