We've already reported that Nintendo's new Switch handheld-and-console hybrid rocks a 6.2-inch multi-touch 720p display, but we really haven't had much perspective on the system's actual size. That's until we saw a full grown man hold the Switch, and as you can see, it actually looks pretty small.
The Nintendo Switch showed up on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and we got our first real good look at the hybrid handheld system out in the wild. Nintendo's promotional Switch demo announcement reel was pretty clear about its size, but Jimmy's monstrous man-hands shows us a more in-depth look at the Switch's scale--especially when handled by adults.
This perspective is very important. While I wouldn't say the Switch is tiny to the point where we should be concerned--it mostly looks like an all-round good fit for on-the-go gaming--it's important for people to understand size and scale specifics. While Nintendo has said the Switch is a "home console first and foremost," it's pretty much sized as a portable handheld.
Another key thing we learned from the quick demo is that the Switch is actually very thin and svelte: it's flat like a smartphone. Remember that the Switch is powered a heavily customized next-gen Pascal-grade Tegra processor from NVIDIA, so the Switch is able to meet specific thin form factors while retaining graphics power and power efficiency.
NVIDIA's Pascal-grade Tegra hardware will allow the Switch to play "console-grade gaming" while on the go, but the handheld (aka the "Switch console") only has a 720p screen. When docked in its USB Type-C powered dock, the Switch switches its output resolution to full 1080p, allowing for HD gaming in a traditional console environment.
The Nintendo Switch is slated to release in March 2017, and while no pricing has been confirmed so far, we expect the console-handheld to be available in a $249 "basic" SKU and a $299 "deluxe" SKU.
Nintendo will reveal full details, including pricing, launch lineup, accessories and much more during a special event in Japan on January 12.
Check below for a massive catalog of information and coverage about the new Nintendo Switch.
Everything we know about Nintendo Switch so far:
- Nintendo Switch switches to full 1080p while docked
- Nintendo Switch to have Gamecube Virtual Console games
- Nintendo Switch listed at $245, to release March 17?
- Porting games over to Nintendo Switch might be easy
- Nintendo Switch to get full HD Pokemon Sun and Moon port
- Nintendo Switch price to start at $249, deluxe at $299
- Nintendo Switch launch games teased, 2017 will be huge
- Nintendo Switch to let you play modded Skyrim on-the-go
- Zelda Breath of the Wild may not be a Switch launch game
- Nintendo Switch may have 4GB unified memory pool
- Nintendo Switch handheld delivers console-quality gaming
- 3DS won't be cannibalized by new Switch console, Nintendo President confirms
- Nintendo Switch to have wide array of hardware add-ons
- Nintendo Switch may use USB Type-C for power
- Nintendo Switch has 6-inch 720p display with 10-point capacitive multi-touch
- Nintendo investors hate the Switch hybrid
- Everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo's new transforming handheld console hybrid
- Nintendo to reveal Switch pricing, specs, launch games and more on January 12, 2017
- 3DS won't be cannibalized by Switch, says Nintendo
- Nintendo Switch gameplay graphics and features are subject to change
- Nintendo Switch is single-screen only, says Nintendo
- Nintendo Switch to launch only as complete bundle
- Nintendo expect 2 million Switch console sales at launch
- Nintendo Switch may have extra power while docked
- Nintendo Switch isn't backward compatible with Wii U games
- Nintendo Switch's battery may only last 3 hours?
- Nintendo won't reveal full Switch console specs until 2017
- Nintendo Switch gets a much-needed splash of color
- Nintendo's new Switch console powered by NVIDIA Tegra
- Nintendo Switch may sport dedicated game video recording
- Skyrim hasn't yet been confirmed for the Nintendo Switch