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The Nintendo Switch reportedly has a 6.2” 720p touchscreen controller

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Just over a week ago Nintendo announced the end of an era and the beginning of a new one with the reveal of the Nintendo Switch: Goodbye dual screens, hello one dedicated LCD display instead. That very screen has been the focus of some hot debate lately, with the big N promising a lot more details in January before the March 2017 launch of their latest console.

But screw that, I’m impatient and needs me some deets right now. And fortunately, Eurogamer has plenty of new factoids to share. According to their sources who accurately predicted other features of the Nintendo Switch months before the reveal, the upcoming on the go console will sport a powerful screen on which to play games.

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Specifically, a 6.2 inch (giggle) 720p screen that boasts capacitive touchscreen technology over their usual resistive touchscreens that could be found in 3DS and Wii U devices. So what does that mean? Basically that the Nintendo Switch will lean closer towards the design of a smartphone, as the same touchscreen technology is used in those mobile devices for apps and multi-finger gestures.

That tech may be fancy, but it’ll be limited in home console mode as that setup will be out of reach literally for most gamers. But according to sources, the right-hand JoyCon controller will house an IR sensor which can then be focused on the touchscreen to emulate gestures. Groovy stuff. Very groovy indeed.

More details are coming on January 13. You might want to…switch your PC on for that stream. Haw. Expect Nintendo to further details what else the console is actually capable of. And also how much the tech will cost, if it’ll be region-free and actually capable of being playable onboard an airplane before an air marshal tackles you for wielding the JoyCon controllers in a threatening manner while playing a new Super Mario Bros. game.

Last Updated: October 28, 2016

49 Comments

  1. Ottokie

    October 28, 2016 at 08:24

    720p on such a small screen is gonna look crystal clear, I am happy 🙂

    Reply

    • Pariah ???

      October 28, 2016 at 08:25

      Ah. I see you’re familiar with the Xbox One.

      Reply

      • Ottokie

        October 28, 2016 at 08:28

        Nope, I like my consoles to actually fit through the door when I bring them home.

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          October 28, 2016 at 08:33

          XD

          Reply

    • Fox1 - Retro

      October 28, 2016 at 11:59

      720p is good on the battery life and if it’s got a high DPI like my Galaxy Tab 4, I think it’s a good move.

      Reply

  2. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    October 28, 2016 at 08:32

  3. Godzilla

    October 28, 2016 at 08:35

    Sorry… But this is not exciting at all…. Especially considering what tech is out there for smatphones and tablets right now. I mean the VITA had a 960 x 544 OLED capacitive screen at launch 5 years ago… Not to mention that the Shield Tablet has a 1920 x 1200 screen…. Considering that they are making the frikkin thing…
    Darryn I think you’re just a fanboy who get’s excited about anything Nintendo…
    I wanted the Nintendo NX to be this beefy monster that is better than a PS4 Pro or Xbox One S that came with a VR headset… Not this weird in-between useless device that will last a year…

    Also they ripped off the idea from the Morphus X (Google it)….

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    • Pariah ???

      October 28, 2016 at 08:37

      If you expected a beefy monster that’s better than PS4 Pro or Xbox Scorpio then you don’t know Nintendo at all.

      You’re like the anti-fanboy. Move along.

      Reply

      • Godzilla

        October 28, 2016 at 08:44

        I do know Nintendo…. And they released beefy monsters before, that destroyed the competition…. IE SNES & N64…. I want the Nintendo of old…. Ever since the Wii I have lost faith in what they can do….

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        • Pariah ???

          October 28, 2016 at 08:45

          And yet the Wii is still one of the best, most innovative consoles to have ever been released.

          You’re not Nintendo’s target market. Xbox and PlayStation are your thing. Maybe even a good PC.

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          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            October 28, 2016 at 08:46

            But Mario 🙁

          • Godzilla

            October 28, 2016 at 08:46

            Yes, I agree it was innovative, but it should have been as powerful as the Wii U when it launched, then I would have been sold. Nintendo always seem to be playing catch up.
            I love their IPs, and I would love to be amazed again like I was with Mario 64…. I mean image a VR Mario Kart in 4K or even a VR Zelda? I would die!

          • Pariah ???

            October 28, 2016 at 08:47

            Have you seen how the new Zelda is looking? That alone makes me want the damn Switch. And I’ve never played Zelda before.

          • Godzilla

            October 28, 2016 at 08:48

            But it will look the same on Wii U though….. So what’s the point?

          • Pariah ???

            October 28, 2016 at 08:48

            The point is that I can take it to work and play during lunch. Obviously more use cases, but that’d be my primary catch point.

          • Godzilla

            October 28, 2016 at 08:51

            But will you really do that though? I mean I thought I would do the same with my Vita and 3DS, but I found that I can’t invest so much time in games on go. Hence Smartphone and Tablet games are better…. I mean, even on a plane I can’t see myself investing time in a game that requires more than 2hrs to really get into it

          • Pariah ???

            October 28, 2016 at 08:52

            Hell yes I would. It beats browsing the internet for an hour.

          • Original Heretic

            October 28, 2016 at 08:55

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            October 28, 2016 at 08:55

            LOL!

          • Pariah ???

            October 28, 2016 at 08:56

            JJ in 5 years!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Dungeon of JJ

            October 28, 2016 at 09:01

            That long? You flatter me! 😛

          • Admiral Chief

            October 28, 2016 at 09:02

            More like JJ NOW

          • Dungeon of JJ

            October 28, 2016 at 08:57

            Story of my life

          • Original Heretic

            October 28, 2016 at 09:00

            As long as it doesn’t go unibrow.

          • Raptor Rants

            October 28, 2016 at 09:06

            *puts hand up* I often jam on my DS at work during lunch. Perfect stress reliever.

          • Archdruid Kromas

            October 28, 2016 at 09:07

            DS Sucks! Get a laptop. The “DS” of the Master Race.

            😛

          • Raptor Rants

            October 28, 2016 at 09:08

            Lol. No

          • Archdruid Kromas

            October 28, 2016 at 09:09

            Lol YES!

          • Raptor Rants

            October 28, 2016 at 09:11

            lol. No. I have a PC. I don’t need a laptop. I need a small form factor handheld for when I am away from my PC. DS FTW!!!!!

          • Archdruid Kromas

            October 28, 2016 at 09:14

            lol.YES! Cause PC Master RACE!!!!!!

            OBEY!!!!!

          • Original Heretic

            October 28, 2016 at 08:50

            And for kids on a road trip, it allows them to jam there, then keep going when they get home on their TV.

          • Pariah ???

            October 28, 2016 at 08:51

            Yup. Again, family. That’s who Nintendo target.

          • Godzilla

            October 28, 2016 at 08:51

            Yeah, but that’s what I am saying, this is a gimmicky toy for kids…. They should have released something beefier for us manchilds

          • Original Heretic

            October 28, 2016 at 08:54

            But why? That puts them in the same market as the XB1 and the PS4. Why try and compete with them when by doing this, they accessing a market that is relatively untouched. Yes, there are a few kiddie type games for the XB and the PS, but they are far and few between.
            It’s about the profits.

          • SentientSlug

            October 28, 2016 at 08:54

            You are honestly dreaming boet, 4k!!! i think you need a stupid powerful PC. forget about consoles and actually having fun, you need to blow your load on mega graphics cards and 1000 gigs of ram i think. and also… or you need to tear a hole in the space time continuum and return to the early 90’s where you can preorder a 64 bit console.

        • Original Heretic

          October 28, 2016 at 08:47

          Based on the type of games that are released, Nintendo’s target market is children. The Wii and the Wii U had VERY few games that were adult oriented.

          A machine like this would be perfect for kids.

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          • Pariah ???

            October 28, 2016 at 08:48

            Children, and more specifically families. The Wii was a family console. Not a gamer console.

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      October 28, 2016 at 08:48

      I still use my Vita, mostly when I’m to lazy to roll my ass out of bed. The Nintendo Switch will replace it one day, unless Sony brings out a new handheld, but I doubt it

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      • Godzilla

        October 28, 2016 at 08:49

        Yeah but that’s my point…. They should have just released Joy Cons with software for iPads and Android Tablets….

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        • Pariah ???

          October 28, 2016 at 08:50

          Bloatware, and the system and architecture are out of their control. It would be a bad business move for them. It would just make more sense to punt the 3DS. But they’ve basically taken the 3DS (their most popular handheld ever) and combined it with a Wii U. The outcome has the potential to be fantastic.

          Reply

  4. Original Heretic

    October 28, 2016 at 08:43

    If this machine comes in at a decent price, I will get it. It’ll be for *cough, cough* my son. Or at least that’s what I’ll tell my wife.

    Reply

  5. Archdruid Kromas

    October 28, 2016 at 09:03

    This is what is wrong with Nintendo. They don’t think ahead. Remeber the Wii and the law of controller to TV gravity?

    Now your unprotected console is in the palm of your hands. The same hands that tend to drop phones all day long.

    Actually this may be the best sales strategy for consoles ever. People will constantly buy new Switches cause they keep dropping them.

    Well played Nintendo.

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  6. Ghost In The Rift

    October 28, 2016 at 09:17

    Though i personally think 720p should not exist on the current console market it just might be the correct move for Nintendo on saving that precious battery life.

    Reply

  7. Raptor Rants

    October 28, 2016 at 09:23

    Here is why the switch is awesome TO ME.

    1) I hate that gaming on my phone wastes battery so quick. I am limited in time and scope of games. Low impact gaming only so my phone will last.
    2) Ditto for tablet as my tablet is meant for other things such as work mails, life organisation etc.
    3) A dedicated gaming device allows me to chew up an entire battery’s worth of gaming without worrying about what happens if I get stuck with a dead phone.
    4) It doesn’t need to be as strong as a PC, Wii U, PS4, Xbone because that’s not the type of gaming I am looking for on a device like this.

    Xbox, PS4, PC – Those are for high end AAA gaming. They are meant for the bleeding edge stuff that push hardware limits.

    When I see people complain about something like the switch all I can think is that they want to try compare it to AAA title pushers. One cannot do that. One has to compare it for the market it’s aimed at. People like me.

    This would be an amazing device for myself to use on the go. Yes, it is also a console as it can plug in and be all console like. But its aim is not to push graphical limits. It’s to provide the kind of gaming we know from Nintendo. Titles from Nintendo are not graphical pushers. They are not there for the fidelity of games like BF or Crysis or whatever.

    You don’t have to like it. But don’t call people who think this is amazing fanbois simply because we can find a space for something like this in our lives.

    That is all
    /rant

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    • Dungeon of JJ

      October 28, 2016 at 09:33

      As someone who has no interest in mobile gaming I think the Switch is an excellent product. It feels like Nintendo. It’s not breaking records with tech and it’s not competing with the other consoles (because it’s in a different league altogether). People aren’t going to buy this to replace their PS or XBone, they will buy this for the typical Nintendo games that you’ll be able to play that aren’t about graphics but rather that something different that Nintendo has always been about.

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      • Pariah ???

        October 28, 2016 at 09:36

        ^ This guy gets it.

        Reply

      • Raptor Rants

        October 28, 2016 at 09:59

        You get it. And that “Something about Nintendo games” is so hard to define too. All I know is that there is “Something” and it’s awesome

        Reply

        • Dungeon of JJ

          October 28, 2016 at 10:21

          Yea, I tried to call it something XD, but I honestly don’t know how.

          Reply

    • Pariah ???

      October 28, 2016 at 09:36

      tl;dr

      Reply

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