Hands-on with the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo recently hosted a pre-launch event for its new Switch console, giving gamers an opportunity for some hands-on time with the device.

The Switch is handheld tablet which can connect to a dock to deliver a more traditional console gaming experience.

The console is controlled using Joy-Con controllers, which slide onto the sides of the tablet or a controller frame.

MyBroadband was invited to the Switch event, and saw the console in action.

Console

Using a Pro Controller or Joy-Con controller mount with the Switch in its dock, gamers can enjoy a console experience similar to the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.

The Pro Controller is a standalone controller with a conventional design.

When connected to a TV, the Switch can deliver a maximum resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 and framerate of 60fps – depending on how demanding the game is.

The transition from gaming in docked mode to handheld mode is seamless, and gamers can slide the tablet out of the dock in the middle of a game and continue playing.

Nintendo Switch neon controller

Handheld

The Nintendo Switch tablet has a 720p display and can be charged via a USB-C cable.

Controlling the tablet using the mounted Joy-Cons is intuitive and surprisingly comfortable, despite the width of the screen.

The tablet can also rest on its built-in stand and be used as a display for local multiplayer, with each player using a single Joy-Con controller.

The Switch is first and foremost a handheld console, and has a number of local and online options for multiplayer.

Nintendo Switch Grey tablet

Multiplayer

After playing a number of games on the Switch, I found the console lends itself well towards multiplayer gaming – whether local or online.

Games such as Mario Kart, Arma, and Splatoon can be played in the console’s handheld mode. Switch users can connect to each other remotely to play multiplayer games, with no Internet or network connectivity required.

Up to eight players can connect to the same game over a local wireless connection, and even more players can connect to online multiplayer games.

The Switch has many multiplayer features, from split-screen local play on a TV to online matchmaking on the tablet.

Overall, the Switch in tablet form is a great platform – and Nintendo’s first-party titles are always fun to play.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con neon

Now read: Nintendo Switch – South African pricing and launch date

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