Nintendo Switch may sport dedicated game video recording

Nintendo's new Switch console and handheld hybrid appears to have a dedicated video recording button.

Published Oct 20, 2016 11:41 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:58 AM CST
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Nintendo's new Switch system, which melds handheld and console gaming into one unified platform, may have its own dedicated record button just like Sony's DualShock 4's Share button.

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Instead of the PS4's Share button that uses a single button to start and stop in-game video recording, Nintendo's new Switch hybrid console may have two buttons for start and stop. The high-res image above shows off the Nintendo Switch's detachable Joy-Con controllers joined up with the Joy-Con Grip, and looking closely on the left-hand side of the controller, we see what appears to be the universal symbol for "record," aka a circle in a box.

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The more traditional Switch Pro Controller appears to show the same "record" (circle outlined by a box) symbol and "stop" (a square), further hinting that these could be controls for the Switch's dedicated video recording feature. The Record button would begin recording, and the Stop button would stop recording.

Now we haven't seen any high-res shots of the Nintendo Switch Pro controller just yet, so when those release we could have a better idea of what we're seeing. The record button the Joy-Con controller, however, is clear as day.

Some time ago we reported that Nintendo's new Switch console hybrid, then known as the NX, would have a dedicated recording and sharing button.

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Nintendo's own patents show that Switch players be able to record and share game replays, in-game footage, high scores, and more with friends across a new enhanced MiiVerse platform. Basically gamers will be able to earn scores and achievements, which will then be shared to a sheet, which can then be shared and compared with their friends.

All shared data will consist of a "sheet" of content including high scores (which can be cross-checked with live leaderboards), a grading system (stars, etc), customized user-created messages and drawings (think Miiverse sketches) and the ability to view replay video. All users will be able to share and publish these "sheets" of content. The above picture is a mock-up scheme that servers as an example of a shared post.

Whether or not the patent will translate completely to Nintendo's new Switch hardware remains to be seen, but I have predicted that the hardware will be accompanied by a new MiiVerse platform that tethers all existing hardware together, and be wrapped around the new My Nintendo framework.

Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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