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Impressions of the final Switch hardware

Posted on February 23, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in Features, Switch

In many ways, Switch is what I’ve always what I’ve wanted out of a Nintendo console. Back during the N64 era, I dreamed of being able to take a game like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time or Super Smash Bros. anywhere I wanted. Sure, we did receive Ocarina of Time 3D a few years ago and a portable version of the new Smash Bros. more recently, but what Switch is offering is completely different. Switch provides a new means of moving between your television and a portable screen, and based on my early hands-on time with release hardware, it does so incredibly well.

It really is as simple and easy as people have said. If you have the two Joy-Con connected to the handheld device during a portable session, you just need to remove the controllers (done by pulling them up while holding down a button right underneath the top triggers) and place the main device in the dock to begin playing on your TV. It doesn’t take more than a couple of seconds before the image displays. The transition between removing the Switch from the dock to begin playing on the dedicated screen is even quicker, appearing almost instantaneously.

Starting up Switch for the first time is also very painless. Nintendo will ask you to go through a few simple steps such as selecting a language, region, time zone, and date / time. You’re also asked to make a user profile, which is comprised of your name and icon. The whole process doesn’t take more than a few minutes.

Once you’re finished with the initial setup, you can begin playing to your heart’s content. You can use the system while it’s docked and connected to a television, or portably. Both offer several options.

I spent a good chunk of time playing through The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild while the system was docked. Nintendo includes a grip with every system where you can place the Joy-Con in a set position, but I preferred using the controllers detached. Nintendo’s Yoshiaki Koizumi had a bit of a funny moment during the Switch presentation last month when he sprawled himself out on a couch to demonstrate how free the experience can be, but maybe we shouldn’t have laughed – I can see a lot of people preferring to play this way. Remember when you had some space to maneuver back during the Wii days with the Wii Remote and nunchuck? This Switch playstyle is similar, but even better since there isn’t a cord connecting the two Joy-Con.

Switch also has a kickstand in the back so that you can set the handheld on something like a table. I didn’t really feel a need to play that way for something like Breath of the Wild, but it might be better suited for other types of experiences.

The more appealing option when not using a TV is to play Switch portably with the two Joy-Con attached to the sides. It basically becomes something like a 3DS, though much better. For one thing, the screen is significantly sharper – Zelda really does look good here. The fact alone that something such as Breath of the Wild can be played anywhere and everywhere on this device without really losing much – aside from some details that may be tough to make out simply due to the screen being smaller than a TV – is pretty mindblowing.

Switch feels good to hold while playing in portable mode. The system isn’t too heavy, so I can see myself playing for quite awhile without getting tired. Actually using the system and pressing all of the buttons also never felt like an issue while playing in handheld form.

When playing games, Switch has a neat little Quick Menu that you can access, available by holding down the Home button. Here you’re able to enter sleep mode (though you can also do so by pressing a physical button on the system), enable/disable auto brightness, change the actual brightness, and enable/disable Airplane Mode. You’ll also be shown the current time and battery life.

Probably the biggest takeaway for me is how smooth and snappy everything feels. Coming off of Wii U, Switch is a massive improvement. It honestly is night and day. Wii U was incredibly sluggish when the system first launched, and while it improved a bit after a few updates, even just returning to the Home Menu after closing a game can take some time. With Switch though, everything is fast. Booting up the system is very quick. The same goes for entering and exiting sleep mode. Starting Zelda is relatively quick, and closing the game happens immediately. You can even access system settings while playing games apparently, as I was able to create a Mii while Zelda was still running.

Everything about Switch just feels right. As silly as it may seem, the various sounds the system makes when scrolling between things, pressing buttons, etc. are nice. Best of all, you’ll hear the satisfying click sound when connecting the Joy-Con to the system – not only through the click of the physical controller, but also via an audio and visual cue from the system itself.

At the time of this preview’s posting, there was still quite a bit that I couldn’t access on Switch. The one big absence is the eShop, which no one has seen yet – not even developers. Friend functionality is also disabled, so you can’t add people you know or access the Friend List just yet. These features and more should be added through an update available at launch with the system.

I have to say that I’m impressed with the time I’ve had with Switch thus far. Nintendo seems to have nailed the core aspects of the system while offering a snappy UI and operating system. Numerous playstyles are available, getting into games is quick, and it’s a painless process when you’re just navigating the menus and settings. Very soon you will be experience what Switch has to offer, as we’re about a week away from the March 3 launch.

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  • Ahmedroid

    Hey there,
    Is it possible to let us know if it’s dual voltage or not?

    • Brian

      Dennis has our system now. I’ll see if he can find out.

      • Ahmedroid

        Thanks, I’ll be waiting 🙂

      • Exy

        It would be real nice if the voltage and current matches my current phone chargers. If it’s 5V 3A or less, that’s one less accessory I have to buy.

        • Rhys Morgan

          It will support very slow charging through that, as the Ars Technica preview stated, but yeah… it’ll be very slow.
          It’s because it uses USB-C, and almost certainly uses the Power Delivery features of USB-C.

          • Exy

            Fortunately, I have a portable battery with an AC outlet rated for 65W maximum, more than enough for the 15V 2.6A adapter Ars Technica reported. Even if the USB ports aren’t up to it, a regular AC adapter plugged into it will be. I’d have to carry the whole setup in a bag, which is fine by me since it’s not going in my pocket anyway.

      • Luis Othón

        I would really like to know this too, thanks guys!

    • Jacob Foster

      Andre at GameXplain has confirmed that it is.
      https://twitter.com/GameXplain/status/834827635440054273

    • colonel179

      It is! Both US console and European console say it’s 100-240V. I assume japanese will be the same, too!

  • I thought I was at maximum hype last week.
    Can one die from hype overload? I might not make it to Friday!

    • ForeVision

      Take one of those famous Chill Pills, I’m sure they can work for a situation like this 😛

  • Melatelo

    The next 8 days are going to be killer. I can’t deal with the hype!!!

    • ForeVision

      I’m just hoping it ain’t a rainy day, as it’s going to be a pain taking that box with me.

      • Exy

        If photos of the box are to be believed, you should be able to fit several under your arm easily.

        • ForeVision

          I’m hoping that is indeed the case, the weather is horrible, and if there’s anything I don’t want, it’s a product ruined before I even get to try it.

          • Exy

            Weather.com is showing rain for every single day of next week. Why, God, Why?

          • ForeVision

            Combine that, with being unable to drive, living at least a bus-ride away from the shop, having nobody able to bring you to the shop, and yet going to retrieve it yourself anyway.

          • TheWeasel

            Bring a plastic bag and tie the bag up tightly after you place the box inside of it! 😛

          • ForeVision

            I’ve got some sturdy bags that can help with that. Couple of towels to prevent the water from going in, and last but not least, my black coat to scare off potential people eyeing my Switch.

          • SpectralDynamite

            This man is on a mission. Strapped and ready.

          • ForeVision

            Now for a good umbrella, the one made out of steel so it can survive these ridiculous winds we’ve currently got going on here.

          • Index

            Switch box is so small, get a bag/rucksack and you also have an umbrella I assume.

          • ForeVision

            Well, I don’t know where you live, but here in Holland we’ve got winds strong enough to nearly drop yourself into and stay standing upright anyway. No commercial umbrella can survive that kind of power.

          • Brian

            Sorry, haha. I mean, docked it’s pretty much similar. It’s just like playing a game on Wii U, but with extra options as I said in the preview. If there’s something you want me to specifically talk about, I’d be happy to do so!

          • ForeVision

            Alright, thanks for indulging me. Do you think someone look at the Switch as a Wii-U successor, finding the handheld part to be but a convenient extra, will get their money’s worth? That this is the console they’re looking for? (not like they have a choice if they want both Nintendo games and third-parties.)

          • Brian

            For the most part, I would say yes. At the end of the day you’re going to get Nintendo’s newest console games, and that’s a big plus. It also does feel like there are more third-parties on board this time around, even if many are indies. I haven’t had the opportunity to try out HD Rumble (or 1-2-Switch, since we weren’t sent that), but people say that’s a big plus as well.

            The bigger question for me is what Switch will look like in a few months. Obviously there’s no Virtual Console yet. It’ll be interesting to see how many features are added, and how long it’ll take.

          • ForeVision

            We’ll see what the Switch looks like in due time. As someone who enjoys Nintendo IP, I’m stuck to their hardware by default.

            That said, I’ll be disappointed in Capcom for a life-time if they don’t make use of what the Switch offers, since it’s the perfect compromise for Monster Hunter.

          • SirWalrus

            All I want is a Monster Hunter game on Switch…

          • JasonBall

            Rucksack is a word I don’t hear very often here in America…

  • Barely Able

    Are you experiencing any connection issues with the left joy con? Seems to be a big problem for multiple outlets. Trying to gauge how ubiquitous the issue is.

    • Brian

      I did just see that, and was actually surprised since it never happened to me once. I definitely would have remembered that (and shared it here) had something like that occurred. This was based on several hours with the system.

      Hopefully it’s more isolated rather than universal. And if nothing else, hopefully it will be addressed in an update.

      • ForeVision

        How did you feel about the Switch as a hybrid? (equally on both sides, since your impressions seemed focused on the handheld aspect)

        • Brian

          I’m not sure what I can say beyond what you already know! Haha. Because there isn’t too much to say.

          I probably played most of the time docked, but I did spend a lot of time in handheld mode as well. I’ll probably end up using the latter option the most in the long run.

          It’s good. Like I said, I didn’t have any issues accessing any buttons, and the unit feels pretty light I feel. Seeing the finer details in things may cause an issue from time to time for time, but the sharp screen helps things.

          • ForeVision

            What you’ve mentioned are mostly for the handheld, ah well, don’t worry about it I’ll try it myself.

    • AJK

      It was polygon and kotaku who reported the left Joycons issue…coincidentally 2 of the very worse gaming sites in existence lol. Polygon staff can’t even figure out how to play games a lot of the time (cough Doom), so I trust their collective ability to use technology about as much as I trust a chocolate teapot.

      • ForeVision

        At least you could shape the chocolate of said teapot to properly hold the Joy-Cons, just need a mechanism for pressing and they’ll do a better job 😛

      • Barely Able

        I have seen multiple other reports, so it doesn’t seem isolated. I tend to trust people like Jason Schreier, Chris Kohler, and Jeremy Parish who have reported problems. Hopefully it’s software related.

      • ronin4life

        I couldn’t read this myself, the title and first paragraph were enough… but here ya go!

        https://archive.fo/I1WKg

  • Kenshin0011

    Wow, didn’t even realize you had one! Congrats, have fun, and thanks for sharing!

    • Brian

      Thanks! Happy to share. Dennis has the system now to handle our Zelda review. I usually don’t have time to write up features for the site since I’m busy with news 24/7, but I really wanted to at least put up this preview.

  • Exy

    You made it. Now I’m mildly upset that I didn’t apply for that open position last year.

  • Cavalier

    Awesome that you guys are liking it so far.
    Can’t wait to get mine…. sucks that I have to wait until Saturday to get it…

  • R.Z.

    I love the fact that you can use joy cons as a split controller, I don’t think I’ll ever be using the grip.

    • TheWeasel

      Yeah, I spent a lot of time playing with my hands wherever in games that used the Wiimote + Nunchuck combo, so I can see myself using the Joy-Con even more comfortably. 😛

        • TheWeasel

          Well, I meant with one Joy-Con in each hand like the Wiimote + Nunchuck Combo from before. But still, this mode may not be too uncomfortable, especially using the individual grips for each.

          In any case, I believe using this configuration is more of a last resort than a preferred use. Like a method of making more while using less.

          • In the event of NYC i didn’t feel confortable…..or maybe was just me. Beside of that I really like the all idea!

          • TheWeasel

            Ah you actually tried them?? Fantastic! So were they with the individual grips like these? Or by themselves?
            https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61lzK1xKjoL._SL1500_.jpg

          • With/without the grips, actually is very comfortable, light and HD rumble is amazingly beautiful.

            Just a side note I feel could be better the battery life Switch itself at least (5 hours), Switch dock add something to Switch itself and last but no least some streaming apps (Netflix, Hulu).

    • metalpants

      I was thinking the same thing. I’m probably gonna swap between handheld mode and tabletop mode. I’ll definitely try the grip as it’s the out-of-the-box alternative to the standard controller setup, but I doubt I’ll need it much.

      • ForeVision

        I’ll be sticking to my pro-controller, like a chewy treat to one’s teeth.

        • TheWeasel

          Yeah, I’ll definitely be using the Pro controller extensively, but the Joy-Con separately will definitely not be ignored by me 😛

          • ForeVision

            Maybe for Arms, depends, quite heavily, on how responsive it is. I’ve bought Wii motes +, and they left me sincerely disappointed. I’d rather trust in direct-input, they only fail me when there’s significant lag or things like rubber-banding going on (for which the controller cannot be faulted)

            If you’d like to know my impressions of said Joy-Cons, poke me around the release date of Arms. (also speaking of Arms, we really should get some Luffy DLC with that)

          • TheWeasel

            Ha, well I’m starting to hope for a Skyward Sword remaster, to be honest. It would solve my two major gripes with it, having re-played it again about a month ago.

            These are the graphics and the motion controls. These were both alright, but definitely had much much more room for improvement. I know that the Switch can remedy both of these issues with ease.

            I am definitely going to enjoy playing Arms, I believe. The Joy-Con seem to be much more advanced and responsive than the Wii Remote Plus could ever be.

          • Eileen the Pizza Queen

            I seriously feel like I’m the only person in the world who didn’t have a problem using Skyward Sword’s motion controls, and that’s really weird because I’m usually the person who can’t get motion controls to work AT ALL. Maybe Skyward Sword was just optimized for my unique brand of motion control ineptness!

          • TheWeasel

            No, I very much liked the implementation and I had very little trouble adapting to them. I mean more for the people who said that they had trouble with them and saw a need to improve on the motion controls.

            I, on the other hand, didn’t see a real need for improvement in SS, but I would love to see a much quicker and more responsive control in a Switch remake.

          • Cavalier

            The motion controls of SS were really good.
            I only had trouble with the Bettle item sometimes but only because I forgot to recalibrate.

  • metalpants

    Brian, I don’t know if many people tell you this but, thanks for the amazing work you do man. I used to be on GoNintendo all the time, but they got a little too weird, dramatic/emotional for my taste, lol. But once I found this site and saw your dedication, I was instantly hooked. Thanks for these impressions. Rocking it at always. Keep it up. Here’s hoping I can play you guys online soon. Look me up when Splatoon 2 comes out (NNID = LordPants).

    • Brian

      I appreciate the kind words! I put everything I have into the site, so it always feels good when people notice.

      • metalpants

        Good, man. You deserve it. And I guess your hard work is so on point that it’s hard to notice, lol! You’re doing it so well that it seems natural and expected. So keep it up man! I look forward to news every day here and I’m rarely disappointed.

      • Cavalier

        Yeah, you guys always do a great job with the news and have one of the best communities i have been a part of.
        So keep up the good work and stuff will come your way……….. stuff like a Switch and BOTW………………

  • nemo37

    Well I am excited to get mine next week. Playing a game as big as Zelda Breath of the Wild on the go is something I have been waiting for for many years. I am also excited that FastRMX will be there at launch.

    With that being said, I am somewhat worried. Other outlets (The Verge, Polygon, and Ars Technica) were much more critical in their previews. The big issue they seem to be having is with lack of information on online features, being unable to preview eShop due to a day-one patch being required, lack of a web browser, and lack of media apps (Polygon even went as far to write an article on how Nintendo is repeating the same mistakes as the Wii U with Switch). Other issues mentioned were difficulties with syncing Joy-Con L (although this does not seem like a universal issue) and the kickstand falling out and needing to be put back in. On top of that, the key news articles regarding Switch on Google’s news feed today are about the lack of VC titles. This type of bad press, can translate to bad word of mouth, which can translate to low sales. While I am personally excited for the system and its games, I still remain steadfast in my prediction that it will not sell well after the initial launch month until Nintendo does a price cut later this year. I just hope that this bad press does not kill interest in the system until the price cut. For those not around in the Wii U’s first year, there was a constant stream of articles bashing the system and predicting Nintendo’s doom; all of this really turned people off of the system (not that Nintendo’s lack of response to all of that really helped the situation).

    I really wish Nintendo just made some moves to appease the press and put to rest lingering questions. They really should have put in a browser, worked with some streaming companies to put some non-gaming apps out, and change online policies (and/or clearly mention what has changed; because frankly even I am not sure right now about what has changed) to be more consumer friendly. One example, I will give you is with regards to digital purchases. Nintendo has stated that eShop purchases are tied to an account (and they have been since Nintendo rolled out Nintendo Network accounts on 3DS and Wii U), the problem is that the account is tied to a hardware ID (at least that is the case with 3DS and Wii U; Nintendo has not specified anything about the Switch), which means that if you want to move to another console you either have to do a system transfer or send the system in if you original system broke. No other major company deals with digital purchases in this manner. Sony, MS, Apple, Amazon, Google all let users authorize and deauthorize hardware (both through the hardware itself or from the web browser of another device in case the original hardware breaks) and hence more easily move purchases from one system to another without having to do a long system transfer or having to send the system in. This is a problem that has been resolved for many years, and yet Nintendo has either not applied the solution (which they frankly should have starting with the 3DS) and/or is being extremely vague, which is absurd considering the system is launching in just over a week.

    I almost feel like that the reveal in October for the Switch was on point. They showed exactly what it was and what it could do, with the promise that more intricate details would be revealed in January conference. That created genuine excitement and momentum for the system. Nintendo then stifled that excitement and momentum and opened the door to be criticized during and after the conference by just giving people reasons to not buy the system (a lot of small omissions and lack of details that have been adding up). Just as an example of their messaging right now. Buy our system if you want to play Zelda and upcoming games like ARMS, Mario, Xenoblade, etc. But don’t buy our system if you expect a browser. Don’t buy our system if you want some streaming features. We have not talked about including online chatting on the system itself we have only vaguely described a smartphone solution so you better not buy our system until we clarify further (especially when you consider our history with online chatting). Don’t buy our system because we have provided very little information about how eShop accounts work and how our online system will be structured (and don’t trust us because of our history regarding these matters). Don’t buy our system at launch if you want VC. I know this is a bit exaggerated, but these little details add up in the end, and they can create bad press which, again, will lead to bad sales and reduced consumer confidence.

    • ForeVision

      Now I don’t mind reading walls of text, but this could do with a TL:DR 😛

    • Brian

      The negativity I’m (mostly) seeing from outlets is largely abut the Joy-Con issues and lack of features. Joy-Con is a serious problem if it’s widespread, but I personally didn’t experience any problems. As for the rest, we pretty much knew what wouldn’t be there at launch – hopefully more things will be added over time.

      In terms of the core feature of Switch – which is playing games – I don’t see how anyone can be disappointed. Switch does what Nintendo said it would, and I’d say it does so very well.

    • ronin4life

      ‘Gaming’ media hasn’t liked Nintendo for a long time. I still assert that at least 75% of the WiiU’s failure can be attributed to the never ending hatestream the media assaulted Nintendo with throughout the Wii’s lifespan into the WiiU’s launch window.

      And aside from not liking Nintendo, they just suck at their jobs in general. These people aren’t real gamers but sock puppets pretending to be interested in the medium so they can lord over others with their moral grandstanding; with the ones you listed being the worst of the worst.

      • awng781

        You overestimate the amount of people who read or watch gaming media.

        The Wii U’s fundamental problem was its concept and branding. It had a terrible and confusing name with a not-so-innovative central gimmick that few could understand, which in conjunction made the console almost impossible to advertise and market to the mass market audience. No amount of positive or negative gaming media coverage from the likes of IGN or Kotaku was going to save the Wii U.

        The Wii U is a console that had a hefty 30+ game launch lineup, bigger than the launch lineups of any other platform this generation, yet still ended up completely failing. Why?? Because no amount of 1st and 3rd party launch software was going to convince people that the Wii U was more than a $300 tablet-esque Wii accessory/add-on.

        In this regard, I think Nintendo has absolutely nailed things with the Switch.

        • ronin4life

          This is just wrong. And wouldn’t even refute what I said since the Media were entirely responsible for any gaulty message about the system anyway. I refuse to believe people actually felt this way and only greasy pundits and commentors have even said this outright. There is literally no evidence based reason to believe this potential misconception harmed the WiiU… but their are loads of hit pieces and fanboi comments literally everywhere about just how much Nintendo sucks and needs to fail as a company on every gaming site. Including this one.

          The majority of People don’t comment on gaming sites or visit them regularly but you can bet that they check them out when they consider buying something. And whenever they would check casually for info they would see nothing but nonsense and BS from pundits, “journalists” and commentors. Nintendo was slandered and slammed for truly trivial things more than any other company in the industry and still is to this day.

          The WiiU had a great launch library, the best feature set of the gen, the best data management, best account management, best value for money, best initial investment value and the most potential to have unique titles. And people ignored all these things because the entire industry was already hostile towards the company and its products and didn’t care.

    • metalpants

      The problem with the gaming media goes far deeper than that. Nintendo is, in a way, an outlier compared to the other companies. Sony, MS, EA, Activision, etc. are “me too” companies that clone Hollywood, make money out of the dumbed-down masses (whose minds are conditioned to like everything shown in mainstream media outlets) and call it a day. Nintendo marches to the beat of their own drum… and those in control of the media (who pretty much like to control everything, lol) don’t like it.

      So, with that in mind, the Switch’s success will rely heavily on word of mouth. Nintendo did (and is doing) an AMAZING job advertising the Switch… but people need to make their own opinions based on *their* hands-on experience. The mainstream press is simply not gonna help Nintendo.

      A lot of people (in the business side of things) are not on board with the idea of Nintendo taking charge in the game industry so let’s just say, there’s a lot of back-door deals happening that, of course, we’ll never hear about. But….. *sips tea* that’s none of ma business.

    • Bart

      I could be mistaken, but I’m pretty sure I remember reading somewhere (probably this site) purchases will be tied to your Nintendo account, not to the Switch itself.

      • nemo37

        I read that as well. But the thing is that your 3DS and Wii U purchases are already tied to your Nintendo Account (you can see your 3DS pruchases on Wii U and your Wii U purchases on 3DS), the problem is that the account itself was tied to the hardware. This means that you cannot transfer stuff from one 3DS to another 3DS (or from one Wii U to another Wii U), unless you do a system transfer that moves your account information to the new system or if your system is broken you have to send it in to Nintendo to do the transfer for you. Nintendo has not mentioned if they have changed this (more specifically, they have not stated whether or not the account will be tied to the hardware). Other companies (Google, Apple, MS, Sony, Amazon, etc) tie the hardware to the account (instead of the other way around like Nintendo does), so if you want to transfer stuff from one device to another and lets say your device is broken, you can simply go to a website and deauthoraize the hardware and authorize the new hardware without having to send your device in or do a lengthy system transfer.

  • Saxo2712

    Hello. I travel a lot and will use the Switch in portability mode. Can you comment on the battery life while play BoTW?

    • Brian

      Didn’t get a chance to try it personally, but other sites are saying around 2.5 – 3 hours. Nintendo said as much during its presentation last month.

  • colonel179

    I haven’t seen this anywhere: Can you turn on the console when in the dock via the joy-cons or Pro controller?

    • Usama Notkani

      Yes I heard from other previews that you just have to press the home button

  • masterjedi

    I guess I don’t get the whole problem with the VC. I like older games as well, but doesn’t there come a time when you simply don’t play those old games anymore? I mean I played the hell out of Super Mario Bros on the NES, but I don’t get upset if a console released in 2017 doesn’t allow me to play a game that came out 32 years ago.

    • ronin4life

      It allows for a larger library, more games to play on the go in this case. And then there are people who haven’t played those old games yet too.

      • masterjedi

        I understand that, but how long do people expect new consoles to make old games available? In 10 years Super Mario Bros is going to be 40 years old. Are we really going to expect Switch’s successor to put that game on a VC? How long do consoles have to make all games from previous consoles available? At some point don’t we have to just say, if you don’t have one of those old consoles, you don’t get to play those games anymore?

  • Erik

    I would like to know if you can have the docking station laying down and use it. Will the cooling work ok and can you dock and undock it without a problem?

  • I skimmed, because I want as much to be fresh as possible when we get ours. >u<

    But this was a good read/skim. I'm super pumped! ;u;

  • ≈ KobobKC ≈ ^.^

    I have a question. I watched GameXplain’s video where they showed all the settings and it seems the options for TV resolution are 480p, 720p, and 1080p. The Wii U actually had an option for 1080i as well, which is the one I used. I have a 1080i TV, so do you think I will be able to play in 1080i on the Switch docked?

  • Roto Prime

    Hey Nintendoeverything…..are you having connection lost on the Joy-cons from the system, I’m starting to get scared!! Please help!!

    here is an example of what I mean https://youtu.be/SbG3F9RwlcY

    • KnightWonder

      So long as nothing is blocking the Joycons, your fine. Also, it can be fixed via patch/update. I’ve also seen other videos where they haven’t had the problem.

      • Roto Prime

        Should this be happening? the Wii/U did not do this….can it truly be Patched!?! This is good news, I was going to cancel my preorder….guess I should wait.

        • KnightWonder

          If it was a hardware issue, the whole Joycon would disconnect, but it didn’t, it still remains. More than likely it’s the Bluetooth signal, it’s too weak. By updating it, they can increase it to make it so its stronger. It really depends on the signal’s strength. If it strong like the PS4’s controller, it’ll work fine, but if not, it’ll have trouble.

          • Roto Prime

            Thank you <3 I am reading that the Nintendo Switch uses Bluetooth LE 4.0, My guess is that it is weaker or something, I really don't want to spend $320 on a system with problems….Why is this happening?!!? ;____;

          • KnightWonder

            Simply put, by using a weaker frequency, it uses less battery. There’s also a guy named Blunty on youtube who kind of goes over what’s wrong with GameXPlain’s video. He basically tells you that, because your body is mostly made up of water, a weaker Bluetooth signal gets jumbled up and distorted in a sense. And that they can update its output, however, they’d have to sacrifice some of its battery life for that. Basically, you can have either a weaker signal, but longer battery, or a stronger signal, and a weaker battery.

          • Roto Prime

            Link to video please, and again thank you for taking time out to help me, I feel better already, I will get my baby day one!! No more heroes 3 here I come!!!!

          • KnightWonder

  • ForeVision

    To those interested, this is apparently IGN’s impression of the Switch: “As a handheld, the Switch is a powerful piece of hardware with a
    gorgeous screen, but it’s too large and power hungry to feel like you
    can really take it anywhere. As a console, it’s underpowered,
    unreliable, and lacking basic features and conveniences that all of its
    competitors offer. It’s nicely built and cleverly designed to be used in
    a variety of ways, but the bottom line is that the Switch doesn’t do
    any one of the many things it can do without some sort of significant
    compromise. Our testing will continue for the next few days as we try
    out the online features and other functions enabled by the day-one
    patch, but if I had to score it now I’d give it a 6.7.”