The Nintendo Switch will be officially unveiled in Tokyo, Japan next week, January 13. The next generation Nintendo console will be available globally the following March. Along with it, a handful of games are already in the works and are also rumored to come with the release. Another hot topic of discussion about the Nintendo Switch is its supposed price as well as the hardware specs on release.
Nintendo Switch on Paper
On the face of it, the Nintendo Switch is quite a capable console. Packing a Pascal architecture GPU, it is capable of highly realistic games. It can even support 1080p game titles according to specs. However, in comparison to current gaming consoles, the Nintendo Switch’s video performance is sub par from the likes of Sony Playstation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One. Nevertheless, gamers can still expect stunning visuals from the game titles lined up for the console.
According to Eurogamer, the Nintendo console will be sporting the newer NVIDIA Tegra X2 chip for its processing needs. The chip runs at 1.02 GHz, both in docked and standalone mode. The on-board screen can only support 720p resolution. However, when docked, the Nintendo Switch is capable of driving a 1080p display.
While these specifications are to some extent impressive, the next question is, what sort of games should gamers expect from it.
At the moment, there are around 19 games lined up for the Nintendo Switch. This might not sound much, but the main thing here is, the console is still pretty brand new. There are news, however, that the new console will support backwards compatibility for Wii-U and other Nintendo console games. The thing is, they are more like rumors rather than actual news. To date, Nintendo has yet to release a formal statement as to what games are supported on the Nintendo portable console.
For now, gamers can expect titles like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a Pokemon title, a Sonic title, Stardew Valley, and more. Other games like the rumored Mario and Rabids crossover might also turn up on the Nintendo Switch.
Finally, there is the question of pricing. Rumor has it that the Nintendo Switch will sell at around $250 in the U.S. Other regions will have different pricing depending on the market and imposed duties and taxes. According to Nintendo, the Switch will be available for sale some time in March this year.
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