I bought the Nintendo Switch and now it's my handheld console go.
The Switch is the new portable console from Nintendo that works as the successor to Wii. It is not perfect and it has its faults, like all consoles, but as a PC player, this is a good secondary platform that I will get when it is not on my desk. After two weeks with the Switch, I am ready to share my thoughts on the new Nintendo console, what I like and what I would like to see improved.
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On paper, the Switch is not a powerful machine. It should not be. Sony and Microsoft are struggling to see who can pack as much power into a small black box as possible without inflating the price, while Nintendo tries to continue doing things a little differently. Sometimes, this is worth it (the 3DS and now Switch), while other times they have not been so lucky (looking at you, Wii U). The switch meets the need for adequate performance in a small portable package.
|CPU||NVIDIA Tegra customized (2GHz)||Dual-core Intel Core i5-6600K (4.4GHz)|
|GPU||NVIDIA Tegra  ZOTAC GTX 1070 AMP Extreme|
|Display||6.2-inch (720p)||25-inch AOC (1440p), 21-inch AOC (1080p)|
|Storage||232GB (200GB MicroSD)||4TB|
The switch is very weak compared to my desktop PC, but that's the point. The PC is for triple A games on the desktop, while Switch can rely on its battery to allow some entertainment when it is away from the two monitors. Before choosing the Switch, this was achieved with the trusted smartphone and a 3DS with a fairly limited library of games. Compared to 3DS, this is a substantial improvement and mobile games are terrible.
As someone who prefers a stable screen of 60 frames per second on PC, playing games on the Switch is a lot of fun and you can easily ignore the bass – the screen and the dingy internal parts once immersed in the experience of the handheld. Seriously, shoot Zelda: Breath of the Wild and at first see how big Hyrule gets quite the impression. Nintendo has always been able to work with less and achieve much more. The same can be said about the Switch.
The 32 GB of internal storage is ridiculous because you will have to disburse a MicroSD card when downloading eShop titles. This slot is intelligently located behind the shooting support. Fortunately, MicroSD cards are not too expensive and I opted for a 200 GB card for less than $ 80. Apart from that, you have a tablet with an attractive screen and pretty good audio.
As a PC player, I was surprised at how much I like Switch's Joy-Con controllers. It has two halves (+ and -), each slot on the side of the main console, but they are also activated immediately and can be used wirelessly and as motion controllers. It also makes cooperative and multiplayer games on the same switch very easy to put together.
When used together, these Joy-Cons share the same design as an Xbox controller. This is also done to allow a standard configuration when used by itself. The use of a single Joy-Con is smart, but it can take a bit of adjustment to the crampt design. Each Joy-Con has a joystick, four grid buttons (A, B, X, Y), two secondary buttons, shoulder button and finally the trigger. This makes the Switch capable of executing action and shooter titles without too many problems.
Playing DOOM on this thing is hilarious, and by DOOM I mean the 2016 Doom. There is also a high definition boom for the comments, which is fine when the games take advantage of it. I'm a big fan of massive and ambitious games, and the fact that we have some already in Switch is a positive sign that I will not sacrifice too much when switching from PC to handheld after four good hours in X3: Albion Prelude.
Gaming on the move
Instead of being all corporate, Nintendo opted for USB Type-C to load the Switch (and the Pro controller). This allows a more convenient process to keep the device full of juice using nothing more than a handy smartphone charger. Simply make a note of the power supplied, since when you play in the switch you need to match the draw in order to actually charge it. I realized this by reducing it with an output adapter and I ran out of battery because the switch was using more than I could provide.
But for games, the Switch is great. There are some good titles in eShop (and in stores) that already include Zelda: BOTW, Skyrim, Stardew Valley, Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, DOOM, FIFA 18, Sonic Mania, and more – all this within the first year of being available. That is not a misalignment of games at all and Nintendo has a broad catalog of intellectual property. The portability is excellent and the included dock allows you to connect the switch to the big screen.
The console will try and maintain 720p on the fly, or 1080p when it is docked, but demanding titles may require slightly reducing the frame rate and resolution, although this is of waiting when you launch great titles like DOOM on what is essentially a tablet. But the Switch is much more than a tablet, thanks to the two Joy-Con controllers. It is the ideal fusion of older manual physical controls with modern technology.
Personally, I'm not one of those who enjoy the docked mode, since that's where my PC comes into play, but it's good to have it available, especially when you turn around. home. However, I have got into that and I consider it acceptable. The switch will subclassify both the CPU and the GPU when it is in portable mode to save battery, so to obtain the maximum performance it will need to be connected. Having said that, you hardly notice any drops in quality.
Speaking of drums, Nintendo told me that it would take between 2 and 6 hours of use and that they were not wrong. It depends on the game you're playing: Zelda consumes the battery much faster than a lighter game such as Stardew Valley. There is a small fan on the switch to keep things cool when it is running; Normally you will not notice it, but when it is shooting at full speed you can feel the vibration in the Switch.
I do not like everything about the Switch, however. The main problem I have is the grip controller that allows you to insert the Joy-Cons for an experience similar to a gamepad. It's just not as comfortable as a real controller, something that can be solved with the Pro controller, but that means opening another means of input. It's a shame really, since I would prefer that the Joy-Counts were the true Jack of All Trades.
There is also the location of the type C USB charging port, located at the bottom of the Switch. This handheld can be configured on a flat surface with the kickstand, but it means you can not charge it because of the position of the port. Then you have the included dock, which is horrible. It's so bad that some owners have even scratched their console when sitting on the dock. While it allows the passage of video to a larger screen, it could have been improved easily before launch.
An accessory that absolutely has to buy, and frankly it must come pre-installed, it's a screen protector. The switch screen is made of plastic, not glass, and therefore can easily scratch. The installation of a tempered glass screen protector for your Nintendo Switch should protect it from bumps and scratches without sacrificing the sensitivity of the touch screen. Finally, the games are a bit expensive on the platform. The linkage of Isaac, Skyrim and other titles are much more expensive than their PC counterparts. Sure, it's a new system, but the excuse of "portability" to charge $ 60 for a six-year degree is a joke.
Also, 32 GB of internal storage? Come on, Nintendo.
The ideal companion
The switch is not perfect, but I'm sure that Nintendo will revisit the Switch with a 2.0 that solves the concerns that the players have raised. What the switch is, however, is an excellent secondary companion for PC owners (and even console). The ability to play and play with you has always been the advantage of having a Nintendo handheld (or PlayStation Vita), and Switch takes it to a whole new level.
2017 has been a strong year for Nintendo and 2018 is set to be nothing more than the same, which makes this a good time to get on board the Switch train. I'm just waiting for support to save multiplatform in titles like Stardew Valley to really take this experience to the next level. The Switch is not for everyone, but I would certainly recommend it to any PC player who wants to have a little fun when he is away, especially if he has close friends.
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