I am really excited about the Nintendo Switch, but I’m also aware of some of its noteworthy disadvantages. Still, I’m positive that at the end of the day I will enjoy the console. Here are some of the things that I think go against the Switch and I want to see bring improved in the next iteration.
Relatively short battery life – battery life of 3 hours isn’t enough. You also need to remember that battery life degrades over time. We definitely need a more powerful battery. I don’t want to carry a battery pack with me wherever I go just to be able to play when I am not at home.
Joy-Con controllers are to small – If Nintendo is aiming its console also for adults, it should have known that these small Joy-Con controllers will be very uncomfortable to use in table-top mode. I have large hands, and I’m sure holding a single Joy-Con controller in my hand will be far less comfortable compared to playing with a normal gamepad.
Pro Controller is very expensive – Speaking of which, I wouldn’t mind playing with an option controller, but the Pro Controller costs $70, which is ridiculously high price for a controller. Please Nintendo, lower its price.
Only 720p screen resolution – 720p isn’t a bad resolution, but not doubt that visuals can look better and games can be more detailed playing with a higher resolution screen. You can play in higher resolution when the Switch is docked, but I’m talking about the device’s display when playing handheld. Increase the display resolution to be at least Full HD.
Few launch titles – This is probably one of the biggest disadvantage. You buy the Switch to play exclusive games for it, but there are very few of those, especially at launch. You need to get use to the word “wait”, because you’ll be waiting quite some time between titles. This also includes the limited 3rd party support. We need better variety, so people can actually choose which games they want to play and which not, and not buy anything that is thrown at them because the limited selection and the time needed to wait between launches of new games.
Uses the “old” Nvidia Tegra processor – The Switch comes with a custom Nvidia Tegra processor, not the new X2 one. I’m sure that games would have loved to know that the Switch comes with a more future-proof processor that is capable of delivering even better games. Using an old GPU in a new 2017 console doesn’t seem to be a smart move.
Subscription fee – you need to pay an subscription free to enjoy all the online services the console offers, including voice chat and being able to play multiplayer online games. Nobody saw it coming and it made many Nintendo fans really upset. The console itself isn’t that cheap, the accessories are very expensive, there aren’t a lot of games but many of game have triple-A cost attach to them (~$60) and above all that we have to pay a subscription price, which doesn’t even entitle us to own the game that we received for free though this subscription.
Price could have been better – Although the difference between $250 and $300 doesn’t sound much, for many people it is, and considering that many who intend to buy the Nintendo Switch will definitely get the new Zelda game, which costs $60, and maybe they want a second game. Many people just don’t want to feel they are buying a console for that price and getting just one game, you want to have at least 2-3 games to get started, and those games don’t come cheap. A $250 price would have given people more budget space to invest in games. Many people just won’t be able to convince themselves that it’s good investing $300 in a console a single game – many less sales at launch (although many of them will probably save money and buy it even for a cheaper price in the holiday season).
Having said all that, I am very excited about the Nintendo Switch and I plan to purchase it soon after it releases. In my opinion the pros definitely outweigh the cons.