Nintendo Switch Features We Want Most
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When the Nintendo Switch first came out in March 2017, there were a few warts and flaws that the general public were willing to ignore for the novelty of the device. One of those flaws that intrigued everyone was the lack of Bluetooth audio. On such a portable device, Nintendo’s decision to arbitrarily deny such a portable focused function was baffling. Almost five years later, the novelty of a hybrid console is no longer able to lift as much heavy load as it once did, and those flaws aren’t so easy to ignore. Nintendo finally brought Bluetooth audio to Switch gamers in the latest console update and people around the world rejoiced; here are the most desired features Nintendo should tackle next.
1. Group discussion
Nintendo’s solution for online voice chat on Switch is downright laughable. While few games require voice chat, as the Switch by nature is primarily a single-player device, the complicated solution Nintendo provides is a hindrance to any online multiplayer experience. The simple fact that games like Fortnite, Friday The 13th, and Killer Queen Black have chosen to create their own in-game voice chat rather than relying on a system-wide implementation demonstrates the seriousness of this shortcoming.
As it stands, gamers have been forced to organize their voice chat for gaming sessions using third-party services like Discord. While this may be suitable for existing game groups, it hampers any hope of organic growth on the platform for the Nintendo Switch Online service. Rather than socialization being an implicitly positive externality of the online experience, it feels like gamers are forced to jump through the hoops because Nintendo doesn’t care about incorporating an industry standard feature.
2. A more modern online experience
In a nutshell, Nintendo’s online service experience is strange. While the Big N offers things like a retro game library and more focused parental settings, they still don’t seem to include simple things like friend requests, online IDs, messages, and invites. With the growing ubiquity of publicly accessible wi-fi and 5G wireless networks, making online gaming on the go more than ever a reality, a radical overhaul of the online experience is fast becoming a necessity.
Microsoft’s foray into cloud gaming, increasingly bridging the gap between native and streaming experiences, and Sony’s apparent inability to do anything bad in the eyes of its customers should be all the motivation for it. that Nintendo continues to innovate. Sony has a proven track record of disrupting the handheld market; the Nintendo DS was great at least in part because of the Sony and the PSP pushing the DS to compete and offer better software. Like any other industry, both companies were at their best in the competitive marketplace. Nintendo’s current lack of competition in the handheld space will undoubtedly lead to nonchalant pride rather than a better product and service for consumers.
3. Virtual console
One of Nintendo’s greatest strengths over the past two generations of consoles has been its commitment to preserving its heritage. The Wii, Wii U, and 3DS all had strong libraries of virtual consoles available for individual purchase through Nintendo eShop. For many young gamers, Virtual Console was their first experience with all-time greats like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Sonic 2, and Super Mario World. For nearly 12 years, Nintendo has faced criticism for repeatedly selling the same games to its audiences. While this may have been true, it was certainly better to have the ability to buy and play these games again rather than not being able to play legacy titles on the PlayStation 4 at all or being limited to a limited library of backward compatible titles on the Xbox One.
Despite their criticism, when the Switch launched without a Virtual Console, fans were unhappy. The general feeling seemed to be that such a portable console, so easy to pick up and play, was the perfect place for Virtual Console to exist. Gamers wanted less faithful games for a better travel experience. The obvious solution here is for Nintendo to bring back Virtual Console. Offering a two tier approach to less demanded games included on the Nintendo Switch Online service while selling more demanded games like Ocarina of Time at a higher price would allow Nintendo to have its cake and eat it too.
When introducing the Switch OLED model this summer, gamers were puzzled as to why Nintendo was once again opting for the relatively low-res 720p panel when display was clearly the primary focus of the new model. Without improved internals, the OLED panel and redesigned kickstand had to do much of the heavy lifting, a weight that could have been lightened by additional pixels.
Several hardware upgrades would undoubtedly come under a Switch Pro-like device, but adding a 1080p panel in a smaller refresh is something that seems reasonable at first glance. The case against a 1080p panel, however, is equally reasonable. Being a portable, battery-powered device, the entire design of the Switch experience had to be a balancing act for the engineers at Nintendo. While a 1080p panel seems like a simple upgrade on paper and would undeniably look better, it would come at a cost to both the consumer and, more importantly, the Switch hardware. Growing more pixels requires more processing power. Processing power the Switch may not have. As it stands, the console is known to lower resolution on more demanding titles as one of the first lines of defense. While 720p might not be ideal, it might be a necessary evil to keep the console running at reasonable temperatures, making a 1080p panel more of a pipe dream than anything else.
5. Quick charge
Faster charging may seem like some kind of simple-minded improvement, and that’s because it is. Portable devices that charge faster are always a good thing (unless you’re using a Samsung Galaxy Note 7). Fast charging allows gamers to recharge faster and have more playing time rather than having to leave their switch attached to a power outlet. The whole Switch mission statement is about not letting life get in your way by taking your games with you. For me, a way to recharge faster so that you can spend more time gaming on the go is essential to keeping that promise.
6. Professional docking station
Last but not least is the idea of an eGPU-like pro dock. An optional upgraded docking station with its own on-board hardware to work in tandem with Switch hardware and play games on the TV with greater fidelity is something millions of Switch gamers would choose. The term “4K” has been marketed so aggressively that the film industry has surpassed 1440p and gone straight to 4K resolution for everything from the world’s biggest blockbusters to the nightly news. As a result of such aggressive marketing, everyone and their sibling are clamoring for a 4K Switch experience.
The potential to build additional processing hardware into a pro docking station for existing high-resolution games would provide an optional premium experience. The biggest obstacle to this business would cost, Nintendo has a long history of refusing to realize a loss on hardware sales while relying on software sales to subsidize that loss. Not only would the dock pro require additional processing hardware, it would also logically require an expandable storage location. If a pro dock could output games in 4K, that would require 4K textures, which in turn would require additional storage. Not wanting to force gamers to carry exploded file sizes on SD cards in their actual switches, Nintendo would do their best to offer a storage solution in the pro dock itself and intelligently use the right texture files to match. of the context in which the game is being played.
It may be prohibitive for many, but the allure of a premium way to play games as beautiful as those created by Nintendo is one that will undoubtedly attract many players, regardless of the price. The sales figures continue to demonstrate Nintendo’s dominance despite their objectively less powerful console. By nature, the console market requires companies to get rid of all their customers and win them back with each new generation of hardware. As a result, Nintendo is undoubtedly looking to keep the Switch’s momentum going for as long as possible, and with 4K at 60fps becoming the new standard for PlayStation and Xbox, a pro dock producing ultra-high definition could help the Switch. avoid obsolescence a little longer.
Some of the features mentioned on our list are more realistic than others. While a few could be accomplished through software updates, others would require entirely new hardware references, which would represent a much larger demand. Regardless of the scale, the Switch is finally getting Bluetooth audio support is a very positive update for gamers and we can only hope this is a sign of things to come for the future. the Switch and Nintendo as a whole.