Nintendo Dishes Out the Switch Console Specs

Posted by at 1:56 pm on January 27, 2017

Nintendo has release the full specs for the Switch console specs. The games system was originally known by the “NX” code name. The console will officially debut on March 3 for $300.

Nintendo Switch Core

The console (AA the tablet core) is a 6.2-inch tablet with a 720p display. Nintendo designed the device to work in a variety of modes: a handheld mode with one controller on each side; a TV mode used when the console is docked; and a tabletop mode that allows two people to play together wherever they are.

Each Switch comes with an HDMI cable, AC adapter, and the  a controller.

Product Name Nintendo Switch (Console)
Size 102 x 239 x 13.9mm (with Joy-Con attached)

Please note: 28.4mm at the thickest, from the tips of the analog sticks to the ZL/ZR Button protrusions.

Weight Approx. 297g

(With Joy-Con controllers attached: 398g)

Screen Capacitive touch screen

6.2 inch LCD

1280×720 resolution

CPU / GPU
NVIDIA customized Tegra processor
System Memory 32 GB

Please note: a portion of this internal memory is reserved for use by the system.

Communication Features Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compliant)

Bluetooth 4.1 (TV mode only. A wired LAN connection is possible through the use of a commercially available wired LAN adapter.)

Video Output Maximum resolution: 1920×1080, 60 fps

Please note: output via HDMI cable in TV mode. In tabletop mode and handheld mode, the maximum resolution is 1280×720, which matches the screen resolution.

Audio Output Supports linear PCM 5.1ch
Please note: output via HDMI cable in TV mode.
Speakers
Stereo
USB Terminal USB Type-C terminal
Used for charging or for connecting to the Nintendo Switch dock.
Headphone Mic. Jack
Stereo output
Game Card Slot
Exclusively for Nintendo Switch game cards.
microSD Card Slot Compatible with microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC memory cards.

Please note: an update via an internet connection is required to use microSDXC memory cards.

Sensors Accelerometer

Gyroscope

Brightness sensor

Operating Environment Temperature: 5-35°C

Humidity: 20-80%

Internal Battery Lithium ion battery / battery capacity 4310mAh

Please note: the internal battery cannot be removed. If the battery needs to be replaced, we plan to offer paid replacement via Nintendo Customer Support.

Battery Life Battery life can last for more than six hours, but will vary depending on the software and usage conditions.

For example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly three hours on a single charge.

Charging Time 3 hours approx.

Please note: this is the time taken to charge while the console is in sleep mode.

Switch Dock

The dock is what makes the Nintendo Switch a hybrid console; then just a new handheld gaming device. Each Switch comes with just one. I f need or want more, you’ll have shell out another $90. With the dock small size and light weight, moving the Switch dock around house to use on multiple TVs shouldn’t very difficult. Just have an extra HDMI cable already inserted on TV side, to avoid need to do it each time you move the system around the house.

The dock also lets the Switch go from supporting 720p with its own display to outputting 1080p to a connected TV. Nintendo didn’t explain in the specs how exactly the dock accomplishes this.

Product Nintendo Switch (Dock)
Size
104 x 173 x 54mm
Weight
Approx. 327g
Connectors
  • USB ports: two USB 2.0 compatible ports on the side, one on the back. (Launches with USB 2.0 support, but USB 3.0 support will be added in a future update.)
  • System connector
  • AC adapter port
  • HDMI port

Joy-Con Controllers

The Joy-Con controllers are what let the Switch handle every other situation you can throw at it. Each is jam-packed with enough sensors to make many smartphones look outdated. They can be used whether they’re attached to or detached from the console, the Joy-Con Controllers simultaneously provide a portable gaming and enable multiplayer gaming on the unit.

 

The Joy-Con controllers differ based on whether they’re left- or right-handed. They also come in different colors–gray, blue, and red–and the Switch is able to automatically detect each controller’s orientation and color. This should be useful for multiplayer gaming when the device is used in TV mode.

Product Joy-Con (L) Joy-Con (R)
Size
102 x 35.9 x 28.4mm
102 x 35.9 x 28.4mm
Weight Approx. 49g Approx. 52.1g
Buttons
  • Left Stick (pressable)
  • Directional/L/ZL/SL/SR/− Buttons
  • Capture Button
  • Release button
  • SYNC Button
  • Right Stick (pressable)
  • A/B/X/Y/R/ZR/SL/SR/+ Buttons
  • HOME Button
  • Release Button
  • SYNC Button
Connectivity Functions
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth 3.0, NFC
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • IR Motion Camera
Vibration Function HD rumble

Capable of varied and precise vibrations.

HD rumble

Capable of varied and precise vibrations.

Internal Battery 525 mAh Li-ion battery

Please note: the internal battery cannot be removed. If the battery needs to be replaced, we plan to offer paid replacement via Nintendo Customer Support.

525 mAh Li-ion battery

Please note: the internal battery cannot be removed. If the battery needs to be replaced, we plan to offer paid replacement via Nintendo Customer Support.

Battery Life Approx. 20 hours

Please note: this time is an estimate. Actual time may vary depending on individual usage patterns.

Approx. 20 hours

Please note: this time is an estimate. Actual time may vary depending on individual usage patterns.

Charging Time Approx. 3.5 hours

Please note: to charge the Joy-Con, you must attach them to a Nintendo Switch console or Joy-Con charging grip (sold separately).

Approx. 3.5 hours

Please note: to charge the Joy-Con, you must attach them to a Nintendo Switch console or Joy-Con charging grip (sold separately).

Joy-Con Strap and Joy-Con Rail

 

Nintendo also dished details on the Joy-Con Strap, which is used to connect individual Joy-Con controllers to your wrist, as well as the Joy-Con Rail that combines the controllers into device that looks like the Xbox One controller. Both are simple accessories that are included with each Switch console.

 

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