Nintendo Switch: price, release date and features, rumors on the eve of the conference
We're almost there. The official presentation of the Nintendo Switch will actually take place this Friday, January 13, 2017 (04 a.m. UTC). On the eve of the event, here is a summary of the official information and the many rumors about the future successor of the Wii U.
After giving us a first look at its new console on October 20, Nintendo will officially present the Switch on Friday, January 13, 2017 (4 a.m. UTC) at a conference organized in Tokyo. It will also be broadcast live.
The trailer released by the Japanese giant at the end of October 2016 allowed us to know the main lines of the Nintendo project for this new machine. We already know that the Switch will be a hybrid console / portable, which can be placed on a dock connected to the TV or take with you to play in "nomadic mode". It is equipped for this purpose, a secondary screen and original detachable handles.
If the manufacturer has been discreet about the technical features, the price or the release date of the machine, many rumors have been circulating for several months now. The opportunity for us, on the eve of the presentation, to make you a little summary of what is already known and what is said of the new Nintendo Switch.
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This was confirmed by the founder himself, the Switch will carry a Nvidia Tegra mobile processor specially modified for the Nintendo console. It will, in theory, be based on the Pascal architecture and will also integrate a GPU for the graphical part.
According to Digital Foundry, the Switch dock does not possess additional processor to boost the console in "console mode". If the processor frequency should remain at 1GHz, in any case, the GPU could switch from 307.2 to 768MHz once the machine is placed on its dock, and the memory frequency from 1331 to 1600 MHz. The graphics performance of the console would be doubled in "console mode".
Nintendo did not say anything at the moment concerning the image definition offered by the new console, so many rumors, often contradictory, have succeeded in recent months.
Initially, there was talk of 900p in "portable mode" and Full HD (1920 x 1080p) in "console". Then, a second rumor pointed more towards 720p for the mobile screen of the console. The latest is more optimistic: we are now talking about Full HD in "portable mode" and WQHD (2560 x 1440) in "console mode". In short, all this remains unclear for now.
What about the VR?
If Digitimes claimed in last June that the production of the Switch, also called NX at that time, had been delayed to catch the virtual reality train, it appears, since the console will not finally offer this technology. This in spite of a patent for virtual reality recently filed by Nintendo.
USB-C, of course
Several sources agree that the Nintendo Switch will use USB-C to recharge, which is not really surprising. At the CES in Las Vegas, last week, the Hyperkin accessorist brought USB-C cables to the console, so that confirm the rumors, note that "The Japanese firm said nothing about it."
What games for the Switch?
In addition to "lineup" of the console, there may be mentioned The Legend of Zelda: Dragon Quest X, Dragon Quest XI, Splatoon, Mario Kart, Mario 3D, Shovel Knight, Just Dance 2017 and Project Sonic 2017, all confirmed. As support for games, Nintendo would have decided to return to the cartridges, but the Switch would not be compatible with those of Wii U and 3DS.
It also murmurs that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, NBA 2K, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Beyond Good & Evil 2, Pokemon Stars as well as an Assassin's Creed would find their way up to the Nintendo Switch. Finally, note that the Japanese firm has also published a list of partners on Facebook.
Released March 17 at less than 250 euros?
According to journalist Laura Dale, the first price of the Nintendo Switch would be about 230 euros, that info was confirmed by a Toy's R Us store in Canada. At least one pack, certainly more expensive, would be expected.
The same journalist said that the console would be released on March 17 in the PAL region. Officially, Nintendo announced a release "in March" and opening pre-orders this Friday, but this rumor makes sense since the release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was postponed to March 17, certainly to go hand in hand with the launch of the machine.
A limited quantity of pre-orders for the #NintendoSwitch will begin on 1/13 at 9AM while supplies last at #NintendoNYC.— Nintendo NY (@NintendoNYC) 11 janvier 2017