Ever since the Nintendo Switch was announced, it’s been a tad hard to find a decent set of specifications for the system. Some aspects were discussed in trailers, sure. And yes, a few press releases and other announcements mentioned information about the system as well.
But there was no one place to find everything. No instant way to check just what Nintendo’s new system was really capable of.
Well, until now that is! Because as the title suggests, Nintendo have now officially released a full set of specifications for the Nintendo Switch, telling you about every aspect of the console and how it’s put together!
Here’s the page with all the details:
As well as a break down of each aspect of the system:
Starting with the size of the system itself. Basically, the main console is 102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm with the Joy-Cons attached, whereas the screen is 6.2 inches. Meanwhile the Joy-Cons themselves are 102mm x 35.9mm x 28.4mm and the dock is 104mm x 173mm x 54mm.
Weight is only approximate, though it’s listed as about 297g for the main system.
As expected, the system uses a ‘NVIDIA customised Tegra processor’.
This was obviously leaked a long, long time ago (and confirmed in many places since then), but it’s officially listed here too for posterity.
Battery wise, it pretty much matches the rumours. In other words, the Switch can last up to 6 hours without a recharge, if the game isn’t too resource intensive. If it is though, then this battery life can drop to about 3 hours. This is mentioned as being how long Breath of the Wild can be played for without charging.
Either way, this matches the battery life for Nintendo’s previous systems. After all, the 3DS could last between 3-5 hours when playing 3DS titles, and the GamePad lasted for about the same.
So any fears of the ‘hybrid system’ running out of battery power too quickly seem to be unfounded here.
Storage wise, it’s confirmed the system comes with 32 GB of space by default, and is compatible with MicroSD, MicroSDHC and MicroSDXC memory cards. Weirdly, using the latter requires the system gets a firmware update. For some reason.
And as far as video output goes, it depends on how the console is being played. On a TV it’s got a resolution of up to 1920×1080, whereas as a handheld it’s got one of 1280×720.
Other Interesting Details:
Finally, some other interesting things confirmed in the specs include:
- The presence of an Accelerometer, Gyroscope and brightness sensor (reconfirming possible motion controls).
- Capacitive touch functionality for the screen. In other words, you can’t use a 3DS or Wii U stylus for the Switch touch screen.
- A charging time of 3 hours (longer than some rumours stated)
- The Joy-Cons each having unremovable batteries that can only be replaced through Nintendo support. So more like the GamePad than the Wii Remotes.
- A Home Button that lights up when it receives notifications (like on the Wii U GamePad)
- As well as proof that the weird button on the left Joy-Con is a Capture Button, for sharing pictures to social media services.
So yeah, hope that clears up a few things about the system here. And if you need more information, then Nintendo’s Switch specifications page should tell you everything you need to know.
What do you think about the Nintendo Switch specs listed there?
Nintendo Switch Specifications (Nintendo UK website)