Nintendo finally announced their next console, a mobile tablet with two detachable controllers and a dock for playing on the TV.
Nintendo is on the right track going mobile, there is a clear gap in the market for a great mobile gaming experience. Phones and tablets are reasonable for gaming, but with only touch screen controls, the game types that work well on them are really limited. While the 3DS, the major dedicated mobile gaming platform, is really showing its age, with limited power and low resolution screens. A decent sized tablet (the Switch looks about 6.5”) is big enough to sport a nice screen, a decent battery and a processor with enough power to make good looking games possible, while still being small enough to easily carry around. With real controls attached, I think the Switch is going to be very compelling for gaming on the go.
As a home console, I am less convinced. It’s going to have a huge power deficit on the Playstation and Xbox, both of which are in the process of upgrading their power to support 4k gaming. Sony also has the PSVR that adds a whole new (and awesome) dimension to home games. I just can’t see the Switch competing here, unless the dock has some sort of additional process built in, which doesn’t appear to be the case.
Thankfully we only have to wait till March next year to get our hands on one.