Video game consoles are fast morphing into something that classic gamers would hardly recognize. What was once a pretty straight-forward equation consisting of a living room console, controller and games for people to purchase is steadily being reinvented. Leading the charge is Nintendo with the newly revealed Nintendo Switch.
The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid console. At home, it behaves just like any other device connected to your television does. You’re able to play the latest games from Nintendo and a refreshed line-up from its partners.
It’s when you want to do something away from home that the entire equation changes. Say that you’re going on a trip and want to be able to continue your game exactly where you left off. Microsoft’s Xbox Play Anywhere initiative would require you to have a powerful gaming PC where you’re going and have purchased the game digitally. Sony Remote Play would require you to have a speedy internet connection and a controller to communicate with your console back home.
Nintendo Switch lets you undock it from its home base. Not only can you continue your game once you reach your destination, you can play in the cab on the way to the airport and at the airport too. You don’t need a good internet connection, and you don’t need special hardware.
Nintendo’s only just started to talk publicly about the Nintendo Switch, its games and how it sees the future. We’re sure to find out a lot more about the home console before it arrives on store shelves in March of 2017.
Until then, here’s what we know about the Nintendo Switch’s features thus far.