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Nintendo Releases New Switch UI Details

by Darrin Wright


Nintendo’s been releasing a drip feed of details about the Switch, their console/handheld hybrid that launches on March 3rd, but now we have a better idea about how the UI (user interface) works.

Pictured above, we can see several menus, like news, the Nintendo eShop, what looks like a photo manager, controller settings, brightness, and power options. You can also tell there are three user profiles active on the console (upper left of the screen), and it appears you can select profile pictures from different Nintendo character images. The company has confirmed that Miis will be present on the Switch, but they’ll play a less prominent role than on the Wii or Wii U.

The Nintendo UK website has also release some additional specifications about the device, but of course doesn’t include much from a technical aspect. The 6.2-inch capacitive touch screen runs in 1280×720 (720p) resolution, while the Switch can output a maximum resolution of 1920×1080 (1080p) at 60 frames per second in TV mode. As previously reported, it features a NVIDIA customized Tegra processor, but just how powerful the processor is has not been defined.

The Switch’s lithium ion battery 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, while a less graphically-intensive game should last longer. It’ll take three hours to fully charge the Switch in “sleep mode.”

Nintendo also reiterates that out of the box, the Switch will support SD and SDHC cards, while a downloadable update will allow the ability to use SDXC cards up to 2 terabytes in size.

The site also gives us the dimensions of the Joy-Con controllers, grip, dock, and everything else that comes in the box with the Switch.

What unanswered questions about the Switch do you hope Nintendo answers in the near future? Sound off in the comments below!

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