The Nintendo Switch is the seventh major home video game console developed by Nintendo. Nintendo Switch Known in development as the NX. It was unveiled in October 2016 and was released worldwide on March 3, 2017.
Nintendo Switch is a gaming console that gives you the portability of a handheld device with the power of a home gaming system. At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to your TV. And lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode. And the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home can travel with you wherever you go. The mobility of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display.
Nintendo considers the Switch a “hybrid” console. It is designed primarily as a home console. With the main unit inserted onto a docking station to connect to a television. Alternatively it can be removed from the dock and used similarly to a tablet computer through its LCD touchscreen. Or placed in a standalone tabletop mode playable by several people.
Nintendo Switch’s most distinguish features are the Joy-Con wireless controllers. Which include standard buttons and a directional joystick for user input, motion sensing, and high-definition tactile feedback.
Nintendo Switch Gaming Console Features Specification price and Reviews
Nintendo Switch main unit of the Switch is the Console. A battery-powered tablet-like monitor that comprises an LCD screen measuring 6.2 inches (16 cm) on its diagonal, the same as the Wii U GamePad. The unit itself measures 9.41 by 4.02 by 0.55 inches (23.9 cm × 10.2 cm × 1.4 cm) and weighs 10.48 ounces (297 g).
The screen supports ten-point multi-touch capacitive sensing and includes haptic technology from Immersion Corporation. The LCD screen supports resolutions up to 720p (1280×720 px).
Nintendo Switch Console includes a 3.5 mm audio jack, stereo speakers on the bottom of the unit. A USB-C port for charging while out of the Dock, and a kickstand on the back side. The unit also includes slots for a Game Card and a microSD external storage card to be installed or removed.
The Console has rails on the side, into which the Joy-Con controllers can be slid when removed from the base. An ambient light sensor on the front of the Console can be used to control the screen’s brightness.
Video Game console Nintendo Switch Console, with or without Joy-Con attached, can be placed into the Switch Dock. A docking station with electrical connectors to connect the Console to a power supply to charge its battery. And to a television via an HDMI connection for video/audio output.
The Dock also includes one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. While docked, the unit can support resolutions up to 1080p. And maximum frame rate of 60 frames per second though the maximum resolution varies depending on the game.
There are three game play modes that can be used with the Switch “TV Mode”. With the Console docked within the Dock to support play on a large television, “Tabletop Mode”. With the Console placed on a table or other surface using its kickstand for shared gaming away from a dedicated screen. Or in “Handheld Mode” as a standard portable tablet device.
The Nintendo Switch comes with controllers collectively called Joy-Con. Specifically the “Joy-Con L” and “Joy-Con R”. The controllers can be attached to the Switch Console via side rails or detached from the console.
When detached, they can be used as a pair by a single player, attached to a grip that emulates a gamepad form factor. Or used as separate controllers by two individual players. A single Switch console can support up to eight Joy-Con connections. Straps can be attached to the sides of Joy-Con when they are detached.
Each Joy-Con includes four front-facing action buttons. An analog stick which used pressed down as a fifth button. A plus (+) or minus (-) button and two trigger buttons. Within the rail are two additional buttons which can act like left-and-right shoulder buttons when the Joy-Con is held horizontally.
Each Joy-Con contains an accelerometer and gyroscope for motion control support. While Joy-Con R also contains an infrared depth sensor that can be used to identify objects and motion gestures.
Both Joy-Con contain a haptic feedback system known as “HD Rumble” which can generate fine tactile feedback. Joy-Con R contains an NFC reader, allowing functionality with Nintendo’s Amiibo line.