Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Oct 2016 14:36 UTC

Nintendo just unveiled its new gaming console - it's called the Nintendo Switch, and it allows you to play both on your TV and while on the go, with the same console and controllers. The introduction video shows very well what the console can do, and I have to admit - it looks pretty awesome.

As both a console and a portable device, the Nintendo Switch will use cartridges known as Game Cards. The portability is one of the system's most important features; Nintendo's trailer showed people using the Switch in handheld mode on a plane, in a car and on a city rooftop. Nintendo said that people can bring multiple Switch units into the same place for "local multiplayer face-to-face competition."

No information on pricing yet, but it should be available March 2017. It's powered by Nvidia hardware, but that's about all we know about its capabilities. I'm quite curious to see if the device takes a performance hit once you undock it and use it on the go.

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by emphyrio on Fri 21st Oct 2016 03:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Re:"
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"They aren't trying to create a general purpose tablet - this device is all about gaming, and I think that's a good thing.

Save for enthusiasts, people don't lug around single-purpose devices anymore. How many people with compact cameras and camcorder you see on your vacations? How many with PS Vitas? Or PMP/MP3 players?

Nintendo should have made a game-specialized tablet. People expect a browser, social networking and basic video streaming services from a device, especially if they have to lug it around, so they won't have to also lug around a tablet.

At the moment, they are silent about whether the device has a touch screen or not.

The marketing seems to be rather tightly controlled, so it may be that they're planning on announcing it, together with said social networking features, later.

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