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What we actually want from an upgraded Nintendo Switch

Rumors a couple of long-desired improve to the Nintendo Switch have been swirling for a while, and this week, Bloomberg reported that this fabled new Switch would possibly actually be coming quickly.

This upgraded Switch will apparently have a 7-inch 720p OLED display that may output 4K graphics when linked to a TV, in keeping with the report. An OLED display can be a serious improve from the Switch and Switch Lite’s LCD, doubtless offering deeper colours and darker blacks. And the 4K output can be a giant leap, too; proper now, the present Switch tops out at a 1080p resolution when hooked as much as a TV.

However quite a lot of us right here at The Verge nonetheless like our current Switches fairly a bit, even these of us with the launch mannequin that debuted 4 years in the past this week. The adjustments we’re clamoring for aren’t essentially an OLED display or extra efficiency. (The truth is, it may be annoying if extra horsepower led to Switch Professional-exclusive video games like when Nintendo introduced the New Nintendo 3DS.) And whereas extra battery life would at all times be appreciated, we’re largely hoping it simply doesn’t dip beneath the bar Nintendo set with the Switch v2 revision.

Right here’s our checklist.

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Higher Pleasure-Cons (and extra colours)

The Switch’s Pleasure-Con controllers, whereas a inventive design that gives extra methods to play the console and a helpful technique to get two controllers in each field, have notoriously unreliable thumbsticks, with many customers reporting joystick drift points over time. Nintendo has said little about what seems to be a widespread drawback, however the firm did implement a free restore coverage in 2019 for customers having points. Nintendo additionally didn’t use the launches of the Switch Lite and the second revision of the present Switch to repair drift points, in order that they’re nonetheless ongoing — this may very well be one other probability for Nintendo to make it proper.

Different adjustments might merely make the Pleasure-Cons higher controllers. Placing an actual D-pad on the left Pleasure-Con, just like the D-pad on the Nintendo Switch Lite, would possibly make enjoying platformers and preventing video games loads simpler than mashing the left Pleasure-Con’s present four-button design. Barely greater shoulder triggers might make the Switch simpler to carry in your arms. And I’d actually like extra colours — maybe Nintendo might supply an Xbox Design Lab-like technique to deck out my Switch and its Pleasure-Cons once I purchase it?

Bluetooth headphone help

Utilizing Bluetooth headphones along with your Switch is surprisingly arduous: you’ve received to purchase and plug a third-party Bluetooth adapter into the headphone jack, the console’s USB-C port, or the Switch’s docking station. (Though the Joy-Cons use Bluetooth, the Switch has by no means include Bluetooth audio help.)

The demand for Bluetooth audio was so sturdy a complete cottage business of third-party adapters has sprung up — simply search “Nintendo Switch Bluetooth adapter” on Amazon to see a number of the many choices accessible. However even in the event you purchase, most of those dongles awkwardly stick out of the console’s USB-C port, requiring you to take away them to cost, and a few really feel like they may snap off in the event you aren’t looking.

A Switch with native help for Bluetooth headphones may be notably good for enjoying in mattress, no further dongle or wired earbuds required.

A Fast Resume-like characteristic

We’ve actually appreciated Quick Resume on the Xbox Sequence X / S, which helps you to swap between video games with out having besides them from scratch earlier than getting again to the place you left off. We expect the Switch would actually profit from the same characteristic, particularly because it has so many video games that you would be able to leap into for a couple of minutes at a time. Think about hopping from a go to to your buddy’s Animal Crossing island to a Hades run to a fast bout in Tremendous Smash Bros. Final, all with out having to attend for the video games to chilly boot every time — sounds nice, proper?

One Verge editor would additionally actually, actually like to not must discover a save level in his JRPG each time their companion desires to tidy up their Animal Crossing island.

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A greater kickstand

The present Switch’s kickstand appeared like a good suggestion at first, however in follow, it isn’t fairly as helpful as we had hoped. It’s small, unstable, solely clicks into one angle, and, terrifyingly, snaps off moderately simply (although it’s straightforward to place again on). Meaning the kickstand works finest on flat and nonetheless surfaces at just one angle — which hasn’t been all that nice for a lot of conditions the place we’ve actually wished to face up the Switch, like on an airplane or within the backseat of a automotive.

One factor many people actually want is for Nintendo to repair this with a much bigger, Microsoft Floor-style kickstand. Not solely would that make the console rather more secure stood up, nevertheless it may be adjusted to many various viewing angles, which may very well be actually helpful for issues like backseat Mario Kart races.

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Glass display and smaller bezels

The present Switch has a plastic display that scratches very simply — many Verge staffers have instantly slapped cheap tempered glass display protectors on their consoles to keep away from everlasting scuffs. Quite a lot of us are hoping Nintendo provides a glass display to this new mannequin that’s extra scratch-resistant so we don’t want so as to add our personal.

A much bigger display hopefully implies that we’ll see smaller bezels, too, which might give the console a extra premium really feel. The present Switch has big black bezels that reveal simply how a lot house might nonetheless be stuffed by display. And in the event you’ve used the Nintendo Switch Lite, whereas it has a smaller display, the bezels additionally aren’t as outstanding, which makes the Lite’s display’s smaller dimension much less apparent.

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An upgraded dock

The Switch’s present dock works nicely sufficient — it offers the Switch a spot to cost and helps the console connect with the TV — however we’d prefer it extra if it was smaller, had magnets to make the Switch only a bit safer, and a built-in Ethernet port, since plugging in a USB-A to Ethernet adapter to get wired web is a clunky resolution.

A very good identify

Nintendo isn’t precisely identified for easy-to-remember {hardware} names. That is the corporate that signified an totally new console era with the letter U, launched a handheld referred to as the New Nintendo 2DS XL, and launched a smaller model of the Switch that may’t actually “change” in any respect.

Whereas it appears doubtless Nintendo will simply name it the “Switch Professional” or “Switch Plus” or possibly the “Tremendous Nintendo Switch” for enjoyable, we thought we’d additionally give you a number of names Nintendo can throw within the trash proper now:

  • Nintendo Switch Max
  • New Nintendo Switch i XL
  • Nintendo Switch VII Remake Intergrade
  • Nintendo Switch HD 2.8 Remaining Chapter Prologue 358/2 days χ[Chi] øø™
  • $witch
  • The SwitcherU
  • 2 Nintendo 2 Switch
  • Nintendo Swiitch
  • Nimtenbo Swantch
  • Nintendo Switch 3(+ months between sport releases)
  • Swii

Netflix

The Nintendo Switch, which turned 4 years previous this week, nonetheless doesn’t have a Netflix app. Maybe the added potential horsepower of a 4K-enabled Switch means we’ll lastly be capable to watch Bridgerton.

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