Nintendo Switch Hardware Overview Trailer Released

This new trailer gives us the best look at the Nintendo Switch's hardware since the reveal event.

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The Nintendo Switch is less than a month away from launch, but we still haven't gotten all the details about its hardware from Nintendo. Luckily, Nintendo has put out a Nintendo Switch Hardware Overview trailer that takes a close-up and candid look at the Switch.

Nintendo Switch Play Modes

We had an opportunity to see the three different play modes of the Switch at the reveal event, but this video clears a few details up for us. While in TV mode, the Nintendo Switch receives power from the dock, and a regular HDMI cable connects it to a screen of your choice.

When you're using the Switch in Handheld Mode, gameplay changes to the 6.2-inch capacitive screen on the Nintendo Switch unit. Battery life has been a concern for the Switch, but that is somewhat negated as you can play when charging the included USB-C cord. According to the hardware overview, any USB-certified portable charging devices will work to charge the Switch.

In Tabletop Mode you just put the Switch on its kickstand, and you can play with it resting on a surface. This is the mode you'll use to play multiplayer games with the Switch off the dock as the two Joy-Con controllers slip off the Switch to become two individual controllers.

Joy-Con Capabilities

Both Joy-Con controllers come with the HD rumble function. HD rumble is supposed to be able to vibrate the controllers with enough precision that they can make you realistically feel sensations like ice cubes clinking in a glass, or pouring water. They also have accelerometers and gyroscopes built in so that they can control games with motion-detection alone.

In addition to the above, the right Joy-Con controller has some extra hardware included. An IR motion camera in the bottom of the controller can measure the distance to an object and an object's shape. An NFC reader is also built into the right Joy-Con, and it can be used with Nintendo's amiibo line of figures.

The left Joy-Con controller is where the record button is located. By pressing the record button during gameplay on the Switch, you can take screenshots and possibly video clips.

This video gave us a great look at the Nintendo Switch, and it sounds like a fascinating product. We'll find out if all these different features add up into a gamer's dream or a player's nightmare on March 3 when the Nintendo Switch releases.

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    February 9, 2017 8:00 AM

    Jason Faulkner posted a new article, Nintendo Switch Hardware Overview Trailer Released

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      February 9, 2017 8:52 AM

      Anyone thinking about getting an extended warranty on this?

      I really hate to even consider it, and I don't think Nintendo has had any kind of massive launch hardware failure like MS especially. But, life sometimes gets in the way.

      Roll the dice? Or, fork out the buckaziods to play it safe?

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        February 9, 2017 9:26 AM

        I didn't even consider it for a second. Nintendo makes solid hardware, always has, and my hope is that even if something did go wrong, I could get enough life out of the system to make it to the next hardware revision anyway (cause you know that's coming, better battery life, less heat, better screen, new colors, etc.)

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        February 9, 2017 9:33 AM

        Funny, I was just looking to somehow get warranty through Amazon if possible. Nintendo has their own, but it's a fairly slow process.