Last week Japanese Nintendo introduced a portable stationary Nintendo console Switch, which will go on sale March 3. Nintendo Switch — the first of its kind hybrid gaming console, it is both stationary and portable — you can play it both at home and abroad. In this context appears a natural question, but can Switch to compete with iPad or even replace it?
Today, when the diagonal of smartphones ranging from 4.7 to 5.5 inches, the need for the 7.9-inch tablets out. The iPhone 7 Plus is able to successfully replace the iPad mini. Besides, iOS 7.9-inch model is not as good as on the iPhone or 9.7-inch iPad because of not very good optimization of the interface under such a format. Many applications from third-party developers also optimized for larger tablet model, and then just adjust to a diagonal of the iPad mini.
If you are using your iPad mostly for entertainment, the Nintendo Switch may be a substitute for the Apple tablet. The console is portable enough, its no problem to take to the road. Besides, Nintendo uses universal USB-C instead of a proprietary Lightning. Initially, the Switch is a slightly different device than the iPad, so it opens the door to a world of other content.
It is understood that games designed for iOS, Nintendo Switch to run can’t, and no team games with friends on iPhone and iPad will not work, as the company has released a device that was fundamentally different from anything already on the market. Especially, it will appeal to fans Mario, Legend of Zelda and other similar titles. The console is Bluetooth controllers that connect directly to the tablet that operate as one controller, and how the two, if you play with someone. Mobile devices often do not allow to connect a normal Bluetooth controllers.
Nintendo Switch is offered with a special docking station to display images on the TV. An interesting feature is that when you disconnect the console from the dock, you can continue playing from where you left off on the Switch.
However, there are things that should be taken into consideration before buying. First of all, for Nintendo Switch small enough game content, it will take time before the owners of the device will wait for major releases. Battery boxes, reportedly can withstand up to 6 hours of playing time. However, more demanding of computing power projects — in particular, the game Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, will plant the battery much faster, in about 3 hours.
Nintendo uses a device something like the Taptic Engine, but it is unclear whether this technology available to third party developers. Presentation of the company was focused mainly on the Nintendo, so the issue with third party software also remains open. Unknown and the possibility of video playback or web surfing.
Nintendo certainly managed to accomplish a small revolution in the world of mobile games, but don’t have enough information about the tablet in General. Of course, it’s not a phone, which is updated every year iron, but to know which processor is installed is also important. According to experts, we are talking about the chip Tegra X1, which are also new set-top box NVIDIA SHIELD TV. According to another version, inside the device is NVIDIA Tegra 3.
In any case, after the announcement of the Nintendo, it became clear that tablets still have room to grow. It will be interesting to see the reaction of Apple and other manufacturers.