The Nintendo Switch (Japanese: Hepburn: Nintend Suitchi?, known in development as the NX) is an upcoming hybrid video game console developed by Nintendo. Officially unveiled in October 2016, it is currently scheduled for release worldwide in March 2017.
The Switch is a tablet-like portable console, which can be inserted into a docking station connected to a television for use as a home console. Despite this characteristic, Nintendo markets the Switch primarily as a home console rather than as a portable. The Switch features two detachable wireless controllers, called Joy-Con Controllers, which can be used individually or attached to a grip to provide a traditional gamepad form.
The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid video game console, with the main system comprising the 'Switch Console', 'Switch Dock' and the 'Joy-Con' controllers. Although it is a hybrid console, a Nintendo spokesperson stated that the Switch was 'a home gaming system first and foremost', and that it does not affect Nintendo's continued sales of the Nintendo 3DS. Instead, Nintendo will start to diminish production of the Wii U in anticipation of the Switch's release. Nintendo does not plan to release further details of the console until 2017
Console and dock
The main unit of the console is the 'Switch Console', a tablet-like monitor that comprises an LCD screen, an audio jack and a kickstand. The Console also has slots on the side, in which the Joy-Con controllers can be slid into when taken out of their base.
The console also docks into the Switch Dock, a docking station that connects to a power supply and to a monitor, television, and capture card when it needs to be charged or to transfer the output onto an external monitor or television. Controllers
The Nintendo Switch also comes with a controller system called the Joy-Con. The system comprises of two controllers; the 'L' and 'R', and come in the Joy-Con Grip, its specified base frame, and includes action and shoulder buttons, bumper triggers and a joystick on both. The controllers can be attached to the Switch Console (similar to the Wii U GamePad), they can be removed and used separately in each hand (similarly to a Wii Remote and Nunchuck), attached to a grip to provide a gamepad form factor or used as individual controllers for two players.
The console will also support a wireless gamepad known as the Switch Pro Controller which has a more traditional design reminiscent of the Wii Classic Controller Pro and Wii U Pro Controller. The Nintendo Switch will also support multiplayer via multiple systems; for example, allowing four players to play using two Switch systems. Technical specifications
Exact specifications have not been officially announced, but Nvidia confirmed that the Switch uses a custom system-on-chip from its Nvidia Tegra family of products. No specific details were revealed beyond that it is 'based on the same architecture as the world's top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards', and has a custom API known as 'NVN', which is designed to 'bring lightweight, fast gaming to the masses'.
Games distributed at retail will be stored on GameCard cartridges, similar in design to those used for Nintendo DS and 3DS games. However, the Switch will not be compatible with physical 3DS cards or Wii U optical discs. Like Nintendo's previous consoles and handhelds, such as the Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS (and XL), the Switch will be compatible with Amiibo figurines