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Nintendo's new Switch video provides in-depth look at hardware

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We're now less than a month away from the Nintendo Switch's official launch and the company is keen to rack up pre-orders ahead of the March 3 release.

Now, Nintendo has released a new video that gives us a closer look at the console's hardware, and goes into detail about the new Joy-Con controllers.

There's nothing revelatory here, but for those who've followed the Switch's journey thus far, the Joy-Con section provides some interesting details on how the controllers work and the various sensors included.

The infra-red motion camera on the right Joy-Con controller is particularly interesting, as Nintendo explains how it can detect not just proximity to objects, but the object's shape, too.

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Even if you have been keeping up with Switch developments, the new video does a good job of breaking down the various ways in which the console can be used in both home and on-the-go situations.

And while the clip has us even more excited for the Switch launch, we're less enthused about this next bit of news.

Nintendo president and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima has spoke to Time, revealing that the Switch won't come with a web browser at launch.

The CEO said: “Since all of our efforts have gone toward making Switch an amazing dedicated video game platform, it will not support it, at least at launch.”

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It's by no means a deal breaker, but with Nintendo making a lot of the Switch's Wi-Fi capabilities, having a web browser would seem like an obvious choice, especially for Wi-Fi networks that require an extra sign in via web browser.

The Switch will also come sans video streaming apps such as Netflix at first, which Nintendo has justified using similar "dedicated video game platform" language.

The Switch will launch on March 3 and is set to cost £279.99 in the UK and $299.99 in the US. It will launch alongside games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, 1, 2 Switch, I am Setsuna, and Super Bomberman R.

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Have you pre-ordered? Let us know in the comments.

Gareth Burleigh

February 8, 2017, 10:33 am

NO Netflix, No web browser? Who gives a damn. Why do people get so hung up on everything something doesn't have

Let's focus on one thing we know it does have, first party Nintendo games. There you go Nintendo here's my money please try not to screw it up this time

RaminNoodles86

February 8, 2017, 1:12 pm

Can it support wireless/bluetooth headpones on the go? For a games console focussing so much on its portability it seems a bit strange if this feature is missing and we have to tether our headphones to the console (just when current trends are moving to wireless headphones). Huge oversight if missing

Nick Baldeagle

February 8, 2017, 1:21 pm

No web browser? You mean I'm limited to just my smartphone, tablet, laptop and PC?

Lodmot

February 8, 2017, 1:22 pm

People are saying "Who cares that there's no web browser?", but as the author clearly stated, that means you cannot play the Switch online if you're connected to a hotel's wifi, or at Starbucks, McDonalds, etc. Nintendo shows this device being used everywhere, but what if people want to play online while they're on the go, and they can't, all because the Switch can't get past a sign-in page that it has no way of displaying?

Also, here's another issue that the author actually did not bring up:

What if I go to, say, Starbucks, and I bring my Switch along with me? If I have the choice between using the Switch or my smaller phone's screen for browsing the internet, I'd rather do it on the Switch. If I was a kid that didn't have a smart phone at all but wanted to watch YouTube videos, having a browser in the Switch would be extremely nice. I don't want to have to lug around 3 devices -- my phone, my Switch and a tablet. Imagine that scenario in a cramped middle-class plane seat. I'm cramped enough during the plane ride as it is with just my phone and my laptop. So it would be super useful if the Switch had a web browser so I didn't have to get into my luggage in the over-head cargo and pull out my laptop. I think people just forget these seemingly miniscule details (which I honestly can't blame, because they're situations that are pretty uncommon) and automatically think "why do I care there's no web browser on the Switch?"

Also, having a web browser is a great tool for gamers if we're being honest. You can use it to look up cheats and walkthroughs if you're into that, you can watch live Twitch streamers and YouTubers like ReviewTechUSA and AlphaOmegaSin, etc., you can look up gaming news. So web browsers are arguably very related to gaming, and isn't that what the Switch is about?

Nick Baldeagle

February 8, 2017, 1:23 pm

Just drink your coffee ☕

Lodmot

February 8, 2017, 1:24 pm

Lol :)

Hans Olo

February 8, 2017, 3:04 pm

I guess you are Switched!

Lodmot

February 8, 2017, 3:08 pm

Lol xD

Hans Olo

February 8, 2017, 3:18 pm

Hey woman!

Hans Olo

February 8, 2017, 5:11 pm

LOL I have been trolling Democrats lol, got a few banned form the Hill, they resorted to threats on me and more lol......go over to the hill lets Troll....

Lodmot

February 8, 2017, 6:40 pm

Lol. XD For your information I'm actually a democrat too, but yeah, I don't go around sending people death threats. That's a bit over-dramatic. o u o

Hans Olo

February 8, 2017, 6:50 pm

ah dude remember Dems, Rep, ANY religion goes.oh btw I was trolling this one site and they loved the trolling of Muslims, but when I made a joke about Catholics giving boys a back door communion.........WHOAH!! They blew up and they showed their true colors. It was funny, this was last week or so........love it. love how emotional people get just over a comment.
Fanboys are the best though lol. Republicans are kinda lame, they dont get fired up easily, but Dems good stuff. My motto is "There is a humorous side to every situation, the challenge is to find it"
Learn the way oh grasshopper!

Hans Olo

February 9, 2017, 7:13 pm

Yeah I never threaten just tell them I woke up this morning with 12 inches....and I'm not talking about snow

MontyMole

February 10, 2017, 12:35 pm

A web browser brings with it all sorts of security nightmares for Nintendo. I'm probably in the minority but i'm not worried about a lack of one.

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