IDEA: Nintendo Switch • Edge

nintendo switch edge

The creative juices have once again been flowing, see below my ideas for a powered up Switch in the form of a sales pitch.

Cutting Edge Gaming – Anytime, Anywhere
Portable gaming to the extreme. Familiar flexible gaming with industry defining power can now be yours.

Improved Handheld Unit
The new touchscreen unit boasts increased CPU, GPU and hybrid-HDD technology. Existing Switch games run smoother but newer games can capitalise on the improved specs. On-board storage has rocketed from 32GB to 500GB for more gaming in one place. Plus 4GB of SSD reserved for OS ensures lighting fast operation and room for more features.

The screen is slightly larger too, though still as thin as the original.

A modest camera now sits atop the console and can be rotated inward and outward. Flash and dynamic range come as standard.

Bluetooth support has been expanded to allow adaptor-free headset connectivity.

The kickstand is now a larger U shape that distributes the screens weight more evenly in tabletop mode and can even be used to hook the console in certain places – do so with caution!

Joy-Con Plus
Both controllers now feature a small microphone and speaker to expand gaming possibilities. The sound quality however is only modest. The directional buttons have been replaced by a flexpad that will behave differently in-game based on whether requiring button input or navigational control.

The controllers are taller to match the new screen and thicker to improve player comfort.

Compatibility
Switch • Edge is compatible with the original Joy Cons and can be docked into the original dock – though will protrude a little due to the larger screen. Joy-Con Plus are also reverse compatible though it’s audio additions and adaptive flexpad technology is limited.

The Switch • Edge dock is sold separately. It better houses the larger console but isn’t compatible with the original Switch. It features a logo LED on the front that lights up when the console is docked. It also boasts 4 USB ports and supports wireless streaming to compatible displays.

Firmware Updates
Built-in audio and text messaging is now standard. You can migrate preferences from the app and access/toggle settings from the quick-menu. The console restricts communication to friends-only but software developers may set their own standard in-game (parental controls can disable that however of course).

Static and dynamic themes feature, including a notification bar that appears on the top portion of the screen while docked.

Folders and icon arrangement now come as standard. With different home screen display options also available.

You can access the camera via the Photo tab or by tapping/selecting its icon. Photos and video are then accessed from the Photo tab for editing and sharing to social media. You can double-tap the screenshot button twice during compatible play to take a gamer selfie.

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