This article is about the tech used in the Switch. It is not about Nintendo’s online service, prices for accessories or controllers, or anything else outside of what is in the box and the system itself.
Since the DS every time Nintendo announces a new system, the self-proclaimed “experts” line up to run their mouths about how it’s just another weak system with stupid gimmicks. This has continued without fail with the Nintendo Switch. They also use this argument to say that their systems are “way” overpriced.
But, they’re wrong.
This system actually has quite a bit of advanced tech inside it, but because it’s not all dedicated to pushing “TEH GRAPHICS!” it’s dismissed as “gimmicky crap.” That’s what it always is with Nintendo, they don’t use the absolute best graphics hardware (News flash: neither do Sony or Microsoft) so obviously nothing they put in their systems is worth talking about.
This is 100% not true with the Switch, at all. The tech inside this thing is enough to justify the $300 price, which seems expensive until you realize what you’re actually getting. Even Japanese developers were surprised at how low the price was (yes I know they’re talking about the Japanese price, but exchange rates and other economical issues influence how Nintendo sets prices in the US. Also: President Trump.)
The “HD” rumble in the Joy-Cons is freakin’ amazing, going by impressions from people that are doing hands-on with the system. Oh, and before you say “oh just another stupid gimmick, they should have upped the specs instead.” Just let me stop you.
If they didn’t have anything in the Joy-Cons but buttons, and had the same form-factor as it is right now. They STILL wouldn’t be able to up the specs much, due to battery life and heat. Speaking of the battery, it’s a very powerful one. The most powerful battery ever used in a portable gaming device as this NeoGAF post explains (there are occasionally good posts on that site, but still always make sure to use an ad blocker on it.)
So, no, they wouldn’t just make it more powerful. They would have to completely change the system to not be portable at all. Now I know that’s what a lot of people want, but that’s not what Nintendo does. They don’t chase specs anymore, and haven’t in a long time.
Next up, the screen.
I’ve heard every possible thing you could say about the screens used in the 3DS and Wii U Gamepad.
They make you go blind. give you cancer, caused Trump to get elected blah blah blah etc etc.
Forget all that.
The screen they’re using for the Switch is NICE, from the videos I’ve seen AND hands on impressions. It’s clear and bright. You can whine about it “only” being 720p all you want, but why would they use a 1080p screen when the system does 720p in portable mode? Like I said, they’re already using a very high capacity battery for a portable gaming system. You weren’t going to get 3 to over 6 hours of battery life with it running the hardware at the speeds needed to do 1080p.
Your phone wouldn’t last anywhere near that long playing Breath of the Wild either.
This thing is NOT just another “weak Nintendo system.”
Nintendo will use advanced tech to enhance or provide new forms of gameplay, as they’ve been doing for a while now. While most of the people complaining only care about what kind of graphics their games have. With some of them only doing it for attention because despite calling them irrelevant and out of touch, they just can’t stop talking about Nintendo.
One more thing…