Here's an interesting little nugget of information for you: amazingly, the Switch's home menu uses "less than 200 KB" worth of resources, allowing for that speedy initial load time which still stands as one of the console's great little features. To put that into perspective, that's less than your average Word document. Amazing.
The news comes from the Computer Entertainment Developers Conference being held in Yokohama, Japan, where a session on the Nintendo Switch operating system has been in full swing. Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki has been documenting the talk, sharing some of the more interesting facts online.
It turns out that the NES acted as a great inspiration for the Switch's feature-light system; back then, turning on the console simply launched you into a game, and Nintendo hoped to recreate a similar feeling here. Animations have been purposefully kept as short as possible, and any additional actions such as responding to "are you sure?" menu screens - after choosing to close a game, for example - were kept to a minimum.
Other notes include the fact that the lack of any background music was yet another conscious decision to keep the system running as quickly as possible, giving more and more weight to the idea that Nintendo is going for simplicity and performance over a feature-filled design.
Opinions on the Switch's user interface have been divided for some time, with some liking the minimalist, sleek design, and others wanting to see lots more bells and whistles. If these design foundations are any indication of Nintendo's mindset, however, it would appear that those wanting additional features might be waiting a long time.
What do you think? Speed over features, or features over speed? Let us know your desires for the Switch's operating system down below.