Nintendo Switch Could Have Touch Screen and Extra Processing in Dock

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Nintendo Switch Could Have Touch Screen and Extra Processing in Dock

Following the tremendously received reveal of the Nintendo Switch – the Japanese company’s new home/portable console hybrid – we’re back to reporting rumours, since it seems unlikely we’ll get any further concrete new on the hardware and its specs until 2017.

Game journalist Laura Dale, who has a reliable track record reporting insider rumours, has revealed that, according to her sources, the Switch has a touch screen, extra processing power in its home dock, but has a battery life that can only be described as “mediocre.” Dale’s sources – verified by her – include “a close source to an internal Nintendo division,” “a source close to development at a Ubisoft studio,” and “a source connected to a large indie developer.” She has also conferred with fellow insiders Tom Phillips and Emily Rogers to compare “similar, contradictory, or matching info.”

“This information again came from sources A (Nintendo), B (Ubisoft) and D (Manufacturing),” Dale writes, regarding the above two tweets. “None could confirm whether the dock is a PlayStation VR-style processing box which helps power higher resolution play when docked, or if docking the console simply allows the handheld to overclock and provides better performance that way. All sources claim the hardware has an easier time running docked compared to when out and about as a portable.”

According to Nintendo, no further Switch news will be officially released until next year, meaning that we’ll be none the wiser regarding hardware specs, operating system, or even launch titles (apart from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild) until January 2017, at the earliest.

Dale, though, claims that Nintendo could release some key details by the end of October:

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One Response to “Nintendo Switch Could Have Touch Screen and Extra Processing in Dock”
  1. 12John34 says:

    Tremendously received and Nintendo’s share price 7% down.

    From the first time Nvidia showed the Drive PX II, I was saying that, that board could also be a nice base for a game console. That “extra processing” power does remind me of that board that was using combination of SoCs and GPUs. Probably we have something like that here. A discrete GPU on the dock and a SoC on the mobile device. That mediocre battery life is not bad news. It’s good news. It shows that the GPU in the SoC is a good one, that naturally eats power while running at full speed. Not a problem if you want to play at bed, or on the couch, and nothing that can’t be partially solved with a nice 10000mAh power bank that costs less than $15.

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