A peek behind the curtain.
The Nintendo Switch is right around the corner, and to ensure that prospective customers have the exact lowdown on what it is that they will be buying into, Nintendo have revealed a specifications page for their new, upcoming system.
Now, to be clear, this is still Nintendo- so there isn’t much in the way of actual hard specs in the way that video game enthusiasts might be used to here. Instead, however, there is some necessary information about the Switch that should be helpful in deciding whether the device will fit into your lifestyle or not.
You can find the information duplicated below. The Nintendo Switch is due out on March 3 worldwide.
102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm (with Joy-Con attached)
Please note: 28.4mm at the thickest, from the tips of the analogue sticks to the ZL/ZR Button protrusions.
(With Joy-Con controllers attached: 398g)
Capacitive touch screen / 6.2 inch LCD / 1280×720 resolution
NVIDIA customised Tegra processor
Please note: a portion of this internal memory is reserved for use by the system.
Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compliant) / Bluetooth 4.1 (TV mode only. A wired LAN connection is possible through the use of a commercially available wired LAN adapter.)
Maximum resolution: 1920×1080, 60 fps
Please note: output via HDMI cable in TV mode. In tabletop mode and handheld mode, the maximum resolution is 1280×720, which matches the screen resolution.
Supports linear PCM 5.1ch
Please note: output via HDMI cable in TV mode.
USB Type-C terminal
Used for charging or for connecting to the Nintendo Switch dock.
Headphone mic. jack
Game card slot
Exclusively for Nintendo Switch game cards.
microSD card slot
Compatible with microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC memory cards.
Please note: an update via an internet connection is required to use microSDXC memory cards.
Accelerometer / gyroscope / brightness sensor
Temperature: 5 – 35°C / Humidity: 20 – 80%
Lithium ion battery / battery capacity 4310mAh
Please note: the internal battery cannot be removed. If the battery needs to be replaced, we plan to offer paid replacement via Nintendo Customer Support.
Battery life can last for more than six hours, but will vary depending on the software and usage conditions.
For example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly three hours on a single charge.
3 hours approx.
Please note: this is the time taken to charge while the console is in sleep mode.