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Topic: Is anyone else ready for a portable-only Switch?

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Maxz

So you know how wearable tech is all the rage right now? What if they released a new console that had access to the entire Switch library, but it was... a smart watch! It would be called, 'The Nintendo Swatch'!

It has everything people are asking for: smaller, more compact and more portable (not to mention wearable!), no kickstand issues, no Joy-Cons... and it could even bring back some features from the 3DS like the step counter, along with fancy new functionalities like heart rate tracking!

I'm a genius! The Nintendo Swatch is a flawless idea that addresses all the needs of everybody with no downsides*. Problem solved, hooray!

*Maybe some downsides, but please try not to think about them too much

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SKTTR

If it's "more" portable it needs two things for me.

1. 1080p resolution
2. still have a fuction to attach it to the tv screen.

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MeatSauce

My Switch is pretty much portable only now as I only use it in handheld mode just cause it’s very convenient for me.Plus the current switch is the perfect size for me because I’m a man and I got big hands one of my main problems with a lot of other handhelds over the years is that their tiny and that’s great for a small child but it’s a pain in the neck or more appropriate in this case hands for me.

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Harmonie

I get why someone might want a smaller device. The current one is hard to fit into a lot of purses and probably impossible to fit into any pockets. It also always has to be put in a case because there's nothing to protect it otherwise. However, I can't see myself ever buying a Switch revision that would change that. It just isn't worth the money when the function of being handheld is already in the system I own.

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FX102A

Doing so would basically kill the very foundation of what the Switch is. I do believe Nintendo will produce another cheaper console to replace the 3DS, but it won't be called the Switch. I'm currently betting on Gameboy Neo.

FX102A

Matthew010

A new version would be nice as long as the tablet size was the same, but the screen was larger. A 1080p screen would be great, too. Bigger Joy Con with grips on the back would also be nice, as the console can feel slightly slippery when holding it for too long.

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Anti-Matter

Joeynator3000 wrote:

....Just get a Vita.

Ew...
If i got PS Vita from someone, i will Straightly throw it to the trash bin, being recycled with other trash.
PS Vita in my opinion = a piece of rubbish, not even a real handhelds like 3DS.

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SwitchForce

For all those wanting smaller NSW that just pure fantasy story and most likely not happen. A more Powerful NSW GPU that would be in the works. It's already portable enough and screen size is more then portable any smaller as others mentioned and you're straining your eyes. As to $100 mini NSW get a reality check. For all the feel talk no one has mentioned how much R&D that will cost and it's not going to be anywhere near a $100 price tag try closer to 199.99 cost of a New 3DS XL-and there are only some games that can be had on 3DS not NSW and vise versa because of hardware specs. Also if your not Glass protecting your NSW then that is your fault it get damaged. Poster have dreams/expectation but needs to get a earth check what is really possible. The microSD is exposed but you have to force it out it doesn't just pop out itself so for all horrors of the MicroSD it doesn't just take itself out. And they are getting bigger so a future NSW with two SD slot well not bad-I be more interested in larger System RAM and ability to move all saves to the SD card so when your NSW takes a [removed] on you a replacement doesn't kill all your saves.

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SwitchForce

Heavyarms55 wrote:

Oh and support for wireless headsets.

Maybe you haven't noticed by I know TurtleBeach specific headsets work with FortNite. I was told this by a ForNite CS reply to my question on which headphone work on NSW with FortNite. So there are already some out there and if you use the Dock the USB transceiver or Mobile Cable you can use the matching headset and be able to use the Mic. So you have to look they are coming out with them even if NIN isn't. I know the model 450 I use on my computer works with Squad fighting Stream game so long as you switch the Audio feature to the 450 and you got headset and mic to chat.

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Octane

@Joeynator3000 You've heard it, the Vita isn't even a real handheld

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Stahp picking on my kitty!!! >.<

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Grumblevolcano

Getting rid of the handheld part or the ability to connect to a TV defeats the point of Switch. The solution? Well, a new dual screen handheld that has full backwards compatibility with content you can play on the "New" models of the 2DS and 3DS. Switch owners will be annoyed that all effort isn't being put into the Switch but oh well

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Eh, the most I can see them doing is a Switch Mini...that's about it. Or something with the dock, I dunno.

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Therad

Joeynator3000 wrote:

Stahp picking on my kitty!!! >.<

Cats have enslaved millions of humans. Ergo, cats are evil. This is an undisputable fact.

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Therad

I think we will see switch in two versions, a cheaper one and a more expensive option. I can also see them making the cheaper a more robust console, to lure parents.

Therad

SwitchForce

Therad wrote:

I think we will see switch in two versions, a cheaper one and a more expensive option. I can also see them making the cheaper a more robust console, to lure parents.

That is called New 2DS LL and New 3DS XL already. I highly doubt at this juncture they want to confuse NSW and 3DS gamers. As to the cheaper model good luck with that prediction. AFAIK NSW is doing just fine and they aren't looking to mess it up right now until they get their investment back. That is the part everyone forgets on here-until they can recoup those R&D another isn't coming anytime soon.

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Silly_G

A home console-only Switch (called Switch Home?) at a dirt cheap price point could be a great entry-level system, especially for those who do not intend to use it as a portable and for families with children who are not responsible enough to have a Switch of their own (profiles can eventually be transferred wirelessly to another system if one were to get their own Switch at a later stage). God knows I wouldn't be comfortable allowing children access to the Switch in its current state, which can be pulled out of the dock and misteated.

It should still retain its local wireless multiplayer capabilities and could also support an external hard drive as there would be no reason for a non-portable device to be restricted to microSD cards.

I don't see how a portable-only Switch would possibly be any cheaper or more practical to the consumer though. I can imagine an upgraded Switch with a 1080p screen that plays games at current docked performance by default (perhaps users can also opt for "old" portable mode where the system runs at a third of the clock speed as the current Switch does in portable mode, to conserve battery life, and because that performance is already built into the games themselves). I imagine it will take some time before such an upgrade will be available, at least in a form that would not burn one's hands and have a flat battery within an hour (if that).

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Kimyonaakuma

@Anti-Matter How is the Vita not a real handheld? It actually isn't that bad and has some great games.


As for this portable only Switch, it's a terrible idea, it goes against the entire concept of the Switch, it would even ruin the name! What could you "Switch" with it except switching it on and off?

The whole point of the Switch is so you can play anytime, anywhere. The great thing about the Switch is that it removes barriers that other consoles haven't bothered to remove, leaving less between the games and the people that enjoy them. It's selling because it's versatile and makes local multiplayer extremely simple.
A portable only Switch with the modifications people are suggesting would cause compatibility issues and destroys the hard work the original Switch has put in place. A Switch without a dock makes sense for that section of the audience but anything too extreme would be a mistake in my opinion.

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skywake

FX102A wrote:

I do believe Nintendo will produce another cheaper console to replace the 3DS, but it won't be called the Switch. I'm currently betting on Gameboy Neo.

Grumblevolcano wrote:

Well, a new dual screen handheld that has full backwards compatibility with content you can play on the "New" models of the 2DS and 3DS.

Kimyonaakuma wrote:

A portable only Switch with the modifications people are suggesting would cause compatibility issues and destroys the hard work the original Switch has put in place.

Firstly, why would they produce another piece of hardware specifically for the portable market and not have it compatible with Switch games? The only reason they ever had two platforms was because the home console experience couldn't scale down. With the Switch it already does. If we get another portable focused console in the next few years it'll almost surely be a more portable revision of the Switch.

Also, there's no reason why a smaller Switch has to lose everything about the Switch. Maybe the controllers are attached, maybe it loses physical JoyCon compatibility. But all it needs is a USB Type C port and Bluetooth and it's pretty much covered everything else. Even if it doesn't come bundled with a dock they could sell a "Dock & Play Mini" set with two JoyCon, a JoyCon charging grip and a Dock. The only thing you'd lose would be the spontaneous two player multiplayer on the go and some of the Labo stuff.

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Therad wrote:

I think we will see switch in two versions, a cheaper one and a more expensive option. I can also see them making the cheaper a more robust console, to lure parents.

That is called New 2DS LL and New 3DS XL already. I highly doubt at this juncture they want to confuse NSW and 3DS gamers.

This thread is about 2020 not 2015. Nintendo's own financials have Switch software sales at about double 3DS software sales last year with hardware sales at around 4x. Their projection for next year is that that will jump to 5x and 6x respectively. This is both because of growth in Switch sales but also because of a sharp decline in 3DS sales.

Literally the only metric you can use to argue that the 3DS isn't in a rapid decline is hardware sales in the US specifically. Where last year sales grew a little bit on the year before. But even in the US declining software sales for the 3DS meant that overall their revenue is still dropping.

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