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Big leak may give us our first look at the Nintendo Switch’s interface

Zach Epstein
February 16th, 2017 at 11:33 AM
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The Wii U has essentially been a no-show in the current console generation, but Nintendo will look to erase the ill-fated console from our memory in just two weeks when it launches the brand new Nintendo Switch. The company’s new Switch is a fresh take on video game consoles, combining a portable hand-held unit like the 3DS with a home console like the PS4. The Switch is far more powerful than any other handheld gaming console Nintendo has ever released though, and it features a nifty wireless controller mechanism that facilitates multi-player gaming whether the unit is being used as a portable console or connected to a TV at home.

Nintendo has already shared plenty about the Switch, but there are also a number of key details we don’t yet know. Now, however, a big leak may have given the world an in-depth look at the Switch’s user interface.

Earlier this week, an anonymous user on Reddit with a throw-away account posted a large gallery of Nintendo Switch user interface mockups along with a tremendous amount of unannounced details surrounding the new console. All of the content shared in this leak is believed to be authentic, though Nintendo hasn’t confirmed anything at this point.

Here are just a few of the Switch interface mockups the user posted:





There are plenty more images in the Imgur gallery that accompanied the leak, which also included a lengthy bullet list of previously unknown details. Here’s a small sampling:

  • HD Rumble’s technical name is a Linear resonant actuator
  • When in handheld mode, the Switch will have an unlock screen like a smartphone to prevent accidental waking.
  • The Switch features a Quick Menu. Press and hold the HOME Button for at least one second to display the Quick Settings screen on top of all other screens, including the HOME Menu and any applications. Unlike the 3DS, the active software will not be suspended when this menu is invoked
  • The Switch’s keyboard will feature predictive text such as those on iOS and Android
  • System Settings will allow the user to edit the following settings:
    • Flight Mode Toggle
    • Enable/Disable Bluetooth
    • Manage Wi-fi
    • Manage NFC
    • Manage screen brightness
    • Screen lock
    • User Settings
    • Create/Edit Mii
    • Theme management
    • Controller management
    • System Update

Check out the rest of the supposed Switch info in the original post on Reddit.

You can find out more about the Nintendo Switch right here, and you can watch trailers for all of the most hotly anticipated Switch games in this post. The device’s specs are as follows:

  • 6.2-inch capacitive multitouch display with 720p resolution (1280 x 720)
  • 1080p resolution output via HDMI when docked
  • Custom Nvidia Tegra processor
  • 32GB of internal storage
  • microSDXC support for up to 2TB of additional storage (up to 256GB right now, since larger cards don’t yet exist)
  • Game card slot (games will come on physical cards)
  • Battery life of between 2.5 and 6 hours
  • USB Type-C charging port
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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