Nintendo Switches out spinach green and almost black for 720p

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2017 - 03:46 PM |
Tagged: Tegra X1, Nintendo Switch, Joy-Con, gaming

The Nintendo Switch has arrived for those who feel that mobile gaming is lacking in analog joysticks and buttons.  The product sits in an interesting place, the 720p screen is nowhere near the resolution of modern phones though those phones lack a dock which triggers an overclocked mode to send 1080p to a TV.  The programming team behind Nintendo also has far more resources than most mobile app developers and they can incorporate some tricks which a phone simply will not be able to replicate.  Ars Technica took the Switch, its two Joy-Cons and the limited number of released games on a tour to see just how well Nintendo did on their new portable gaming system.  There are some improvements that could be made but the Joy-Cons do sound more interesting than the Gameboy Advanced.

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"With the Switch, Nintendo seems to be betting that the continued drum beat of Moore's Law and miniaturization has made that dichotomy moot. The Switch is an attempt to drag the portable gaming market kicking and screaming to a point where it's literally indistinguishable from the experience you'd get playing on a 1080p HDTV."

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March 1, 2017 | 07:56 PM - Posted by quest4glory

What would be the point in a 1080p screen on a device that has to downclock in order to save battery life when not docked (even at 720p)?

720p is a compromise, not so much a limitation.

Also, with games being native 720p on a 720p screen at that size, there's really nothing to complain about in terms of image quality.

Compared to mobile games on a phone, which are terrible to say the least, Switch brings more to the table than detachable controllers.

March 2, 2017 | 03:10 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Maxwell FP16 packed math gives N twice the performance. 720p doubles that.
Long term Switch is like GameCube. It will allow N to build fine game catalog and the New (refreshed) Switch will sell like ... Wii.

March 1, 2017 | 09:16 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I think that the Switch will fit some niche that is portable but above what a phone can offer. So there may be some value in that space for Nintendo to eke out a living.

Too bad Nintendo did not use the latest Nvidia offerings, but maybe there can be some updates at a later time!

March 1, 2017 | 11:16 PM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

>Spinach green
For all your puking needs...

March 2, 2017 | 08:23 AM - Posted by Daniel S

My son is amped for this system, he's 11 and square in the target demographic for this. He doesn't have a cell phone but appreciates gaming on the big screen. The target audience for this is as a 2nd tablet for when the family's main tablet is in use, and as a Mario/Mario Cart/Smash Bros system.

March 2, 2017 | 01:43 PM - Posted by Virtuous

For most people games on mobile phones and tablets are good enough. Plus they don't want to carry another device with them. For my 2nd device I want a device that can do more than just play games. The Switch will sell no where near like the Wii did.

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