It’s been a loooooooooong day and it’s about to be a loooooooooooooooong week. Chances are high that I’m going to be burnt out over the next seven days due to work, but we’ll see.
One of the shiny little beacons of interesting-ness this past week however, was the Nintendo Switch video. Nintendo showed off their new home console and all the neat things it can do.
…wait… it’s not a home console?
Well, not really.
Apparently the Switch is a tablet that you can physically connect controllers to to use in a manner similar to the Wii U, but they can also come off and be clipped together to make a regular controller while you play games on the screen when you’re not at home.
There’s a dock that comes with it with home theater I/O to connect to your TV, but it does none of the processing, the whole console is just the tablet.
On one hand, that’s really neat.
On the other hand, that’s not at all what I’d want as a customer. I have severe doubts that this thing is going to be powerful for a couple of reasons:
- It’s pretty thin, there’s not a whole lot you can really put in there and keep temperatures low
- It has a screen, so in order to keep costs down the rest of the hardware must take a hit
Also, when the Switch isn’t plugged in to power, wouldn’t the performance take a nose dive? Either that or the battery life will be abysmal.
I’m not sure what Nintendo is going for here. If I want to play games on the go, I have my 3DS and a phone; I’m not going to want to carry around a big tablet just to play games.
That said, I’ll likely have a moment of weakness and buy it at some point…
…but I’ll hate myself for it.