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Nintendo Releases New Switch Specs, UI Details, and Images

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Nintendo Releases New Switch Specs, UI Details, and Images

Finally, we know how long the battery takes to charge and what the resolution is when playing on a TV.

As it historically has been when announcing new games consoles, Nintendo has been a bit cagey about the Switch’s technical specifications and UI details. But the company has just pulled back the curtain a bit more by releasing more info and images on its UK website.

A few leaks and official Nintendo releases have given us glimpses of the Switch’s UI before, but the above image may be our best look yet, with 1-2 Switch and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe shown in a carousel of games to scroll through. Above the games are what appears to be icons representing user accounts, indicating an option to easily switch between accounts. At the bottom you can see a number of other menu options: news, the eShop, a screenshot album, settings, controller, and power options.

Nintendo doesn’t get too technical on its website, but it does now explain that the Switch is capable of running at a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60 frames per second when in its dock and being played on a TV. Nintendo previously revealed that the console would output in 1280 x 720 on the 6.2-inch capacitive touchscreen when in portable mode.

In order to play for the previously announced 2.5 to 6.5 hours while in portable mode, players will need to charge the Switch for three hours while in sleep mode.

Meanwhile, system storage-expanding memory cards apparently won’t function with the Switch until users download a system update, which will presumably but not definitely be available at launch.

One other tidbit of information is how screenshot sharing will work. After taking a screenshot, players can then edit the image by adding text before posting it to unnamed social media channels.



Nick has been a gamer since the 8-bit days and has been reporting on the games industry since 2011. Don't interrupt him while he's questing through an RPG or desperately clinging to hope against all reason that his Philly sports teams will win something.

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