Nintendo Switch Specs & System Features

Nintendo Switch Home Screen UI Menu

Last Updated 1/27/2017

Since the Nintendo Switch reveal a couple of weeks ago Nintendo has been quiet on the systems actual specs. This morning a Nintendo Switch specifications page was found on the website which reveals several unknown specs and system specifics. While none of the specs released pertain to CPU or memory, it does reveal some interesting specs about the screen resolutions and frames per second for gameplay on & off the TV dock.

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Nintendo Switch Specs

Resolution & Frames Per Second – 1920×1080 at 60 frames per second in TV mode.

Online Specs – Wi-Fi enabled. The Switch will also have a LAN adapter sold seperately.

Battery Life – Can last up to six hours depending on the what game is played and other factors like screen brightness etc. Nintendo states that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for about 3 hours before needing to be recharged (Source).

Battery Charge Time – About 3 hours.

Storage & Internal Memory – Not pertaining to system RAM the Switch will have 32GB of internal memory, a portion of which is reserved for use by the system. Users can easily expand storage space using microSDHC or microSDXC cards.

Processor – Custom NVIDIA Tegra processor, official specs currently unknown.

System RAM – Currently unknown.


Nintendo Switch System Features

Home Menu – From the HOME Menu, you can start games and select game settings. In addition to managing friends and user accounts, you can also change your system settings here

Album – By pressing the Capture Button on Joy-Con (L), you can
capture screenshots during gameplay instantly. A future update will also bring video recording to the Switch. Users can share pictures, screenshots and videos to popular social media networks. Must have the paid online Nintendo service to use this feature later in 2017, free for the first part of the year.

News – The latest news about games will be delivered to your Nintendo Switch

Nintendo eShop – You can purchase digital versions of games and downloadable content by accessing Nintendo eShop. You can also get more information about games by viewing commercials and promotional videos here.


Nintendo Switch Play Modes / Styles

The Nintendo Switch supports three different play modes / styles. Nintendo showcased a variety of scenarios for using these different play styles. One quick note about the TV dock. By using the Switch when its situated in the TV Dock provides better power, which brings the resolution to 1920×1080 at 60 frames per second – this is better than the performance in Handheld Mode or Tabletop Mode.

Tabletop Mode – Prop up the stand attached to the back of the Nintendo Switch console to play games on its built-in screen. This mode is useful when you’re on the go without a TV, and two people can even play together by taking control of a Joy-Con each.

TV Mode – Place the Nintendo Switch console into the Nintendo Switch dock, hook up the HDMI cable to your TV, and you’re ready to play games on the TV.

Handheld Mode – Attach the Joy-Con to the Nintendo Switch console and play it on the go. Play wherever you like, however you want, using the 6.2 inch screen.




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