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Someone dropped a Nintendo Switch console from 1,000 feet

Published Jun 1st, 2017 7:45AM EDT
Nintendo Switch Drop Test 1,000 Feet
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You might not even find a Switch in a shop near you while some people have the audacity to do unspeakable things to the most popular gaming console in town right now. Someone went ahead and dropped the Switch from 1,000 feet, and there’s a video of all that action.

YouTube channel attached the console to a drone, lifted it to 1,000 feet, and then dropped it. And it captured everything on video.

That’s the kind of real life Switch use you probably won’t have to deal with, but the purpose of this video is to see how durable the device is.

Surprisingly, the Switch survives the entire experience almost unscathed. A Joy-Con does fall off, but the screen did not break, and the console still turns on after this gut-wrenching experience.

The good news here is that it’s probably more than safe to drop the Switch console while using it out and about, or even in your home. It’s likely that it’ll survive most drops, although the controllers might get hurt in the process, as they may act as shock absorbers.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t handle it with care. After all, there’s no guarantee that a drop from a smaller height won’t damage the console. And you wouldn’t want to worry about repairs or replacements as long as Nintendo keeps having trouble meeting demand.

Watch the entire Switch drop video below.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.