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Background and Identification

The Switch is a hybrid gaming system—designed mainly as a traditional home console connected to a television, but the console can be removed from its docking station for handheld/portable use.

The Switch consists of several hardware components that can be configured on the fly depending on the user's play style:

  • The Switch Console, a tablet-like unit with an integrated battery and 6.2-inch touchscreen
  • The Switch Dock, which functions as a charging station and audio/video connection to the user's television
  • The Joy-Con controllers, dubbed Joy-Con L and Joy-Con R, which can be used independently or as a pair, or attached to the Switch Console via its side rails, or connected to the Joy-Con Grip for use as a single controller

Early in development, the Switch was known by the project codename Nintendo NX.


Switch Console


  • 6.2" with 1280 x 720 resolution


  • NVIDIA customized Tegra processor

Onboard Storage

  • 32 GB
  • Expandable via microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC memory cards

Wireless Connectivity

  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.1


  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5 mm audio jack

Maximum Resolution in TV Mode

  • 1920 x 1080 at 60 FPS


  • Proprietary Switch solid-state game cards


  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Ambient light sensor


  • 4310 mAh lithium-ion rechargeable

Switch Dock


  • 2x USB 2.0 ports (USB 3.0 support will be added in a future update)
  • HDMI port
  • System connector
  • AC power adapter port



  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • IR motion camera (Joy-Con R only)


  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • NFC


  • 525 mAh lithium-ion rechargeable

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