The Nintendo Switch is finally here and holy heck there’s a lot of hype swirling around about this console. Time for more. Here are five things that you didn’t know about the Nintendo Switch!
1. INFRARED MOTION CAMERA
On the end of each Joy-con controller is a stealthy little infrared camera. No the government is not watching you. But this little camera measures the distance and identifies the position of your hands. So if you are playing rock, paper, scissors or any other mini games, it knows what option you gambled on. Hopefully, the next generation of the switch will be updated with a video camera, like the XBOX ONE.
2. 32 GB MEMORY
Yes, you read it right! The Switch only has a measly 32 GB of memory. A majority of the games will be on game cards, but still 32GB is not enough if you want to download apps or updates. It does have a microSD slot, but its another item to add on your tab.
3. NO ETHERNET PORT
For online gamers, I feel your pain. With the Switch you have to rely on Wi-Fi, which can tend to lag and make you want to throw your router out the window. Thankfully, there is a more reliable LAN adapter sold on Amazon for $15, so add it to your shopping list.
4. MULTI-PURPOSE APP
A lot like the Xbox SmartGlass app, you need the Nintendo Switch app for chatting online, matchmaking, and creating personal lobbies. With the app open on your smartphone, you can just plug in your headphones and simply chat with other gamers while still using your Switch. Gamers, say good bye to bulky and special headphones for your console. This makes on-the-go gaming a stress free reality. Unfortunately, the app will not be released until this summer. On the bright side, online play will be free for Nintendo Account holders until the paid online service launches in fall 2017.
5. LIMITED GAME TITLES
For the OG Nintendo fans, The Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild is what we all expected. Being one of Nintendo’s biggest game launch, the graphics and resolution are incredible for portable gaming. In the past, Nintendo open world games were not exactly realistic, but the new Legend of Zelda is the real deal. The Switch does have mini games you can download, but it lacks major game titles. Mario Kart Deluxe 8 and NBA 2K18 are to be released in the summer, which traditionally have been my Top 5 games on other consoles.