Nintendo has unveiled the Switch; its newest console which takes the form of a console/tablet hybrid system with detachable controllers.
Nintendo is back in the game – and with it arrives a new console system which has been rumoured under the ‘NX’ banner for the past few months. Enter the Switch – a hybrid tablet/console system with two detachable controllers.
The Switch – as its name might imply – is built around the concept of versatility. As Nintendo itself cited in a press statement, “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 gameplay styles.”
The central unit of the Switch system – a tablet – slides into a small dock to connect to a TV. From that point, both controllers can be slid off for remote play. Alternatively, titles can be played on-the-go from the tablet’s main screen. While there has been no indication as yet if the Switch system will benefit from a full touchscreen as Nintendo’s Wii U does, the unit’s reveal trailer confirmed that the system would make use of an SD card-like memory card system, indicating that titles will not make use of physical discs to run games.
The Switch reveal trailer showed gameplay not only from staples such as The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario, but further third-party titles such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and NBA 2K.
Nvidia confirmed that the Switch is powered by a custom Tegra processor “based on the same architecture as the world‘s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards”, while other specs are yet to be announced.
Nintendo plans to launch the Switch in March of 2017, while South African availability is yet to be confirmed.
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