One of the big concerns people have had with the Switch ever since it was first announced back in October has been the screen’s battery life and on that front, things admittedly aren’t great. Nintendo claims that the Switch can achieve up to 6 hours of battery life on one charge, but results will vary wildly depending on how it is being used. For instance, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, arguably the console’s most anticipated game, can only be played for 3 hours on a single charge. Fortunately, the screen can be charged on the go by plugging in the included AC adapter.
The Switch will ship with a paltry 32 GB of on-board storage, but can be expanded to up to 2TB using microSDXC cards. While we’re still waiting for confirmation, we’re assuming that physical copies of games, which will be cartridge-based, will not need to be installed to the hard drive, which should alleviate storage issue concerns somewhat.
Nintendo spent a fair amount of time at their presentation talking up the features of the Joy-Cons, the console’s small, detachable controllers. While they still look insanely uncomfortable to us, Nintendo has packed a fair amount of impressive technology into these things. Here are the Joy-Con specs:
- NFC sensors that read and write amiibo data
- Accelerometer and gyrosensors for motion control in each Joy-Con
- Screen capture button for social-media sharing, video capture coming soon
- Different color variations, including neon blue and neon red
- Haptic feedback
- Motion IR camera in the right Joy-Con, which senses the shape, motion and distance of objects in front of it
Those last two features in particular are fascinating, with the haptic feedback apparently so accurate that you’ll be able to feel the difference between one, two, or three ice cubes rattling in a glass. To be honest, we’re not sure if Nintendo just couldn’t think of a better application for this technology than ice cubes, but we’re still interested to see how (or if) game developer will make use of this functionality in their software.
In addtion to the Joy-Cons, which will sell individually for $49.99 USD or $79.99 for a set of two, there is also the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, which will sell for $69.99.