Now that Nintendo has launched another console into the 8th generation of video games, I wanted to share how the Switch stacks up from a size and raw performance standpoint.
Size: 102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm (with Joy-Con attached)
Please note: 28.4mm at the thickest, from the tips of the analogue sticks to the ZL/ZR Button protrusions.
Weight: Approx. 297g (With Joy-Con controllers attached: 398g)
The Switch is a lot smaller than you’d assume from pictures and even some press videos. I’ve placed the Switch on the launch PS4, the Xbox One S, Nintendo Wii and Wii U for size comparison. Notice how it fits in the removable blade of the PS4 and top of X1 S. The Switch makes the already small Wii U look large. It’s only longer than the Wii.
If you line up the Wii U controller and the Switch, you can see the evolution from Nintendo in many ways. It is amazing how Nintendo was able to put their entire console inside of the Switch compared to previous home console iterations.
How small are the games? Well here is a comparison to a N64 cartridge. Be careful not to lose these!
Now to get to the raw performance of the 8th generation of home console gaming. How does the Switch compare and will it have trouble “luring” 3rd party developers? On paper the Switch struggles to get near launch PS4 and Xbox One specs, but will developers take advantage of the ability to take games on the go or tap into the handheld market? Lets hope the developers find a way to make the Switch successful. If not, the Switch may have a very similar life to the Wii U.
Gaming since the Atari 2600 and owning about every console stateside since.