Switch renders games at up to 1080p when docked

As expected, docking the Switch gives it a power boost.


Nintendo's Switch renders at up to 1080p when docked, according to a press release from Nintendo and sources attending the company's Switch event in New York City.

Docking the unit gives Switch a power boost, enabling it to ramp up resolution to a maximum of 1920x1080. "Play in TV mode in up to 1080p," Nintendo wrote in a press release in regard to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a remixed edition of the Wii U kart racer due out on April 28.

When disconnected from its dock, Switch outputs at 720p. The console comes with 32 GB of internal storage that can be expanded by way of microSDXC cards.

Switch launches on March 3 for $299.99.

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    January 13, 2017 1:40 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Switch renders games at up to 1080p when docked

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      January 13, 2017 1:51 PM

      That's nice for lightweight and 2D stuff I suppose, but man some of those 3D games looked real rough in terms of performance even at a lower resolution. Obviously they still have time to optimize and so on, but I don't see 1080p being common for most full 3D games on this thing, even with the tiny boost to clockspeed it gets when docked.

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        January 14, 2017 5:44 AM

        It does appear like not anywhere near modern consoles in terms of performance. It is better than the Wii U but not by a whole lot.

        So yeah, expect any multiplatform games to suffer a bit when compared to other platforms.

        As usual exclusives like 1st party games will need to keep this console going, and so far that is a very tiny number of games announced.

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          January 14, 2017 6:22 AM

          No one is going to make multi platform games for it if they look like ass. This thing will be just like the wii and Wii U as far as 3rd party stuff goes.

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          January 14, 2017 6:24 AM

          Why is it so important to have equal to or better than modern consoles? I don't get demanding the console that's trying to do something different (Switch) to have the exact same games as the other consoles it's trying to do something different from (PS4/XBO).

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            January 14, 2017 6:34 AM

            It isn't important to me, but for developers who are trying to gauge the market for making games on it, how it stacks up is one of the metrics they use.

            I only care about games. If you can give me fun games to play, then I am happy.

            The hardware in the switch is not going to stop us from getting great games on it, but like I said, hardware matters to developers who have to make tough decisions about what consoles they put their game on.

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      January 14, 2017 6:23 AM

      Is there any chance Zelda will look better on the WiiU?

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        January 14, 2017 6:35 AM

        I really doubt it, there seems to be some unofficial confirmation that the Wii U version runs at 720p while the Switch runs it at 900p.

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