Nintendo have finally revealed their next-gen console called Nintendo Switch. NX was the codename and Switch sounds like a pretty obvious name considering you can switch between handheld and a console while playing.
They have also released a trailer which looks like a preview video that shows the possibilities with the system. It truly looks liberating but we don’t know how it will actually be when using it.
You can remove the left and right sides from the main unit and use it as a Wii Mote. They can also be used as an handheld like the Vita or as a console by using a separate controller.
The console is scheduled to come out in March 2017. The trailer shows games like Skyrim being playable from a cartridge.
This is the official description from Nintendo:
Introducing Nintendo Switch! In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.
It’s another experiment like the Wii U and hopefully it is successful for Nintendo. There seems to be a lot of hype around the Switch console and hopefully it is priced below $250 for market penetration.
These specs have been revealed from the Switch devkit and the retail version might have the same.
Four ARM Cortex-A57 cores, max 2GHz
NVidia second-generation Maxwell architecture
256 CUDA cores, max 1 GHz, 1024 FLOPS/cycle
4GB RAM (25.6 GB/s, VRAM shared)
32 GB storage (Max transfer 400 MB/s)
USB 2.0 & 3.0
1280 x 720 6.2″ IPS LCD
1080p at 60 fps or 4k at 30 fps max video output
Capcitance method, 10-point multi-touch
These are not too advanced for 2016 and the possibility that the retail device might have it is not too far fetched.
Here’s the preview trailer for the Nintendo Switch.