As Nintendo gears up to potentially unveil the much-anticipated Nintendo Switch 2 later this year, expectations are running high. While upgrades in performance and an 8-inch LCD are on the horizon, the buzz around improved graphics might be overshadowing the real issues that need addressing.
It’s time to delve into what matters for the Nintendo Switch 2 to outshine its competitors and enhance the gaming experience beyond just visual appeal.
The Real Game Changers for Nintendo Switch 2
Bluetooth Connectivity: No More Game Interruptions
“The more I’ve been playing my Switch in TV mode, the more I’ve noticed just how easy it is for the connection to fail. I’m not sitting at an unreasonable distance from my TV, and there aren’t huge obstacles in the way, but I always have to make sure to sit in the right position if I don’t want to have problems, especially with the right-hand Joy-Con.”
Joy-Con Durability and Stick Drift: A Thing of the Past?
“Stick drift, where an analog stick will sometimes register inputs despite being in the neutral position. This was a heavily discussed topic a few years ago, and it got to the point where Nintendo started repairing this problem for free, but it should have been properly fixed.”
The Need for Faster Storage: Beyond Visual Fidelity
“The Nintendo Switch uses eMMC for its internal storage, and even if you consider the latest version of that standard, the maximum read speeds go up to 250MB/s. I don’t believe Nintendo will use proper SSD storage, but if you look over at the smartphone world, UFS 4.0 promises total bandwidth up to 5800MB/s, and even UFS 3.0, which is six years old at this point, goes up to 2900MB/s, more than ten times faster than the Switch.”
CPU and RAM Upgrades: Smoother Multitasking and Performance
“The Switch also needs more power on the CPU front and more than the 4GB of RAM we have today. We live in a world where most mainstream phones have at least 6GB, and for a gaming device, I’d say 8GB is the bare minimum at this point.”
— Moxie✍ (@MoxiePoxy) December 6, 2018
Graphics Still Matter, But They’re Not Everything
“Of course, better graphics are still coming. To be clear, the Nintendo Switch 2 still has a lot of room for better graphics, too, especially because most games don’t even render at 1080p.”
Nintendo Switch 2: Balancing Performance with Practicality
Nintendo Switch 2 has the potential to set new standards in handheld gaming. But to truly succeed, it must balance the allure of better graphics with the practical needs of gamers: reliable connectivity, durable hardware, faster storage, and a powerful CPU and RAM combo. These are the real game-changers that will define the success of Nintendo’s next venture into the gaming world.
As we eagerly await the official announcement, let’s hope Nintendo has listened to its audience and will deliver a console that revolutionizes our gaming experience in every aspect.