The Switch After Two Months

Sep 9, 2017

Switch in HandheldJoy-Cons in Grip I still think the Switch is one of the best consoles ever made.

After almost two months with the Switch, I still think it’s a really great console. I’ve been playing Breath of the Wild almost everyday. I have a few more thoughts about it:

TV / Handheld

I play more on the TV, but it’s really great to be able to take it elsewhere, either in the house or outside. My play ratio must be about 80% on the TV and 20% as handheld. Even if 20% doesn’t sound like much, being able to do it is something really special.

Performance

The Switch performs pretty good, but sometimes I do wish I could play PS4 games on it, and I sometimes wonder how absolutely amazing Breath of the Wild would have looked on PS4-like hardware. Breath of the Wild is still very beautiful on the Switch, and it makes you forget the Switch’s specs while playing, but you still wonder anyway…

Switch OS

Even though I love the design and simplicity of the Switch OS, it lacks some pretty important features, mostly related to the friend list. There’s no way to message friends in your list, manage a game party or voice chat 1 with players in your team.

There’s an iOS and Android app for some of these functionalities, but you shouldn’t have to use another device to play a game on the Switch. This is a ridiculous solution to something that should be implemented in the OS. I really hope they add this in an update.

Also, Nintendo is still insisting on Friend Codes!

Battery Capacity

I’d love more battery capacity, as 2.5 to 3 hours doesn’t seem enough. To be fair, I’ve never really used the Switch for more that 2 hours in handheld mode, but it’s always a concern whenever I take it elsewhere.

Zelda

Breath of the Wild is such a great game, that even though I haven’t finished it yet, I definitely want more.

Development cycles for home console Zelda games have taken 4 to 6 years, but if you include handheld games, a Zelda game has been launched every other year. With the consolidation of development teams around the Switch, it may be possible to get one or two more Zelda games over the lifetime of the Switch. I wouldn’t mind that they’d reuse the Breath of the Wild engine for future Zelda games, because it is so good.

Joy-Cons

I like the Switch controllers, I think they found a nice middle ground between a home console controller and a handheld controller, and it works great once you get used to it. I would have liked an analog shoulder trigger though.


  1. The Switch doesn’t have a microphone, but the Switch is the most versatile console out there. A special Joy-con with microphone or a microphone port could be made or even a bluetooth headset. [return]