Report: Nintendo Switch's Tablet is a 720p Multi-Touch Screen

Report: Nintendo Switch's Tablet is a 720p Multi-Touch Screen

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The Nintendo Switch's tablet screen will reportedly be a multi-touch screen - an upgrade from the 3DS and Wii U's single-touch screens.

When Nintendo revealed the Nintendo Switch, we were given a lot of answers, but also a lot of questions. While Nintendo itself won't be officially answering those questions until January, a source at Eurogamer has shed a bit of light on the system's tablet screen. The reveal video somewhat cleverly didn't show anyone using the tablet as a touchscreen, but Eurogamer's source is claiming that it does indeed have touch capabilities, and multi-touch ones at that.

The source claims that the screen is 6.2" in size, outputs video at 720p, and boasts a multi-touch capacitive screen. This differs from both the Wii U and 3DS, which only have single-touch resistive screens.

The Switch's screen on the other hand is a 10-point multitouch display that is similar to what we see in modern smartphones.

What does this mean? Well, given the way Nintendo revealed the Switch, we are assuming that the touchscreen will be more of an optional feature to navigate menus and such, rather than a full control scheme. As for when the system is docked, the right hand JoyCon controller reportedly features an IR sensor that could be used in a similar fashion to the Wiimote to mimic the touchscreen feature.

What do you guys think of this? Is 720p on the tablet enough? Are touchscreen controls overkill? Personally, I'm worried mostly about the damn thing's battery life, and I feel like a touchscreen would only serve to make it worse.

Source: Eurogamer

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720p and multi-touch?! Oh my god, you guys! This is amazing! It's like Nintendo is giving us a look at the far off future world of 2012.

You go, Nintendo! You're gonna sweep away the competition! This time, for sure.

Ehh, 720p is fine for a handheld, you're not holding it close to your face like a phone. Besides less pixels mean less work for the GPU.

I know I dont care. I regularly watch Youtube videos in 420p cause it just defaulted to it.

And Im not surprised about it having a touch screen like some people were. I dont think Nintendo is giving up touch screens any time soon. Really, I dont think anyone is giving up touch screens.

Hazy992:
Ehh, 720p is fine for a handheld, you're not holding it close to your face like a phone. Besides less pixels mean less work for the GPU.

If rumours are to be believed, the Switch is powered by a quad core 1.9ghz CPU, running with 3gb of RAM. With video capabilities comparable to a GTX 980. (Just rumours btw, so keep your salt shaker handy)

I'm okay with the 720, but the touch screen is damn useless in my eyes.

Brace yourselves, the graphics nuts are coming

Why add a touchscreen if they don't make it eat 3ds and ds games?
It does literally nothing for people who use it as a home console.

CyanCat47:
Brace yourselves, the graphics nuts are coming

Not before the deluge of Nintendo Apologists.

Well it's a portable that's going to sell for probably around 300-400 $, so asking it to do 1080P or even 4K was a bit of a stretch.

The touchscreen is a huge disappointment, such a useless feature. Now it's either going to be ignored when making games, which means it's just something that pointlessly increase the console price or it's actually going to be used, meaning it's going to lead to worse games.

loa:
Why add a touchscreen if they don't make it eat 3ds and ds games?
It does literally nothing for people who use it as a home console.

Not to mention that in all of the mobile use cases...the touch screen would be rather awkward. You'd more or less have to let go of one controller arm to touch the screen in most cases. which means the weight of the device and the pressure of your touch will rest squarely on one of those arm thingies. Sure, that won't lead to any warping or breakage. nope.

But what does that mean for the console graphics. Because it means that the docking station is likely going to be doing some rushed graphical upscaling.

Nintendo seems to think they are being clever and coy about this but anyone savy knows that they are positioning this as market integrator. Pulling their 3ds and console markets into one. Which means they are cannibalizing their hand heldmarket to bolster their console.. Think about it. All the mobile use cases for the Switch are the exact scanarios a body would use a 3ds.

They really don't want me to get one do they?

008Zulu:

Hazy992:
Ehh, 720p is fine for a handheld, you're not holding it close to your face like a phone. Besides less pixels mean less work for the GPU.

If rumours are to be believed, the Switch is powered by a quad core 1.9ghz CPU, running with 3gb of RAM. With video capabilities comparable to a GTX 980. (Just rumours btw, so keep your salt shaker handy)

Even if that's true, welcome to bottleneck city. Population: Nintendo.

IMO 720p is just not enough in a world where my Shield tablet is 1080p and my phone is 1440p. I notice a big quality difference when looking at 720p screens.

MonsterCrit:

But what does that mean for the console graphics. Because it means that the docking station is likely going to be doing some rushed graphical upscaling.

I think the rumors are actually pointing to the opposite. That the Switch's docking station doesn't add any computational power. Here's an article from polygon that has someone from Nintendo saying the dock is only for charging and output to the TV
http://www.polygon.com/2016/10/21/13360010/nintendo-switch-dock-power-tv-output

loa:
Why add a touchscreen if they don't make it eat 3ds and ds games?

Lack of a second screen.

Why do people want so badly for the Switch to be the 3DS? Just get a 3DS and call it a day. No point in wanting the new console to just be another way to play old games.

Well, here`s hoping for it being optional then...

I'm very concerned the dock is just going to upscale a 720p image to 1080p now.
Quite frankly, if this thing thing can't output native [email protected] to my television I won't be getting it.

720p gaming, sweet! Finally cracking that HD Ready nut there, aren't we? Also with the astounding PPI of 240, this going to be so killer!
Can't wait for those 720p graphics to be upscaled to 1080p either, Nintendo is onto something here.

008Zulu:

Hazy992:
Ehh, 720p is fine for a handheld, you're not holding it close to your face like a phone. Besides less pixels mean less work for the GPU.

If rumours are to be believed, the Switch is powered by a quad core 1.9ghz CPU, running with 3gb of RAM. With video capabilities comparable to a GTX 980. (Just rumours btw, so keep your salt shaker handy)

I'm keeping my salt sack next to me.
No way can they squeeze a 980 in there and keep your hands from melting. There is a reason video cards these days have heavy copper heat-sinks.
Also GHz means nothing. Most phones these days have a 1.4 GHz quad core and most still have trouble producing PS2 level graphics, which were running on a 300MHz single core. Numbers without an architecture mean 0.

AzrealMaximillion:

loa:
Why add a touchscreen if they don't make it eat 3ds and ds games?

Lack of a second screen.

Why do people want so badly for the Switch to be the 3DS? Just get a 3DS and call it a day. No point in wanting the new console to just be another way to play old games.

Yeah because why would people want to do things like play their 3ds games on their TV or have an extended game library full of great games right at day 1?
And of course everyone has a bag of holding+1 and can store all the consoles too.
Besides, it's super convenient to have to dig out another console.

Truly, nobody will solve this enigma of why one would want this.

008Zulu:

Hazy992:
Ehh, 720p is fine for a handheld, you're not holding it close to your face like a phone. Besides less pixels mean less work for the GPU.

If rumours are to be believed, the Switch is powered by a quad core 1.9ghz CPU, running with 3gb of RAM. With video capabilities comparable to a GTX 980. (Just rumours btw, so keep your salt shaker handy)

I really wonder who propagates these kinds of rumors...
The 980s are only a year old.
I have 2 980s they are massive bricks as thick as an arm and they produce tons of heat. There is no way they're jamming something equivalent into a handheld. Hell I think 1 card is probably as big as the card itself. It's like the people who propagate these rumors have no concept of how technology works. It is the Ouya all over again, people were out there saying oh the rumors are saying it's going to play the latest and greatest games, but fail to realize a tiny box is in no way going to compete.If you could get such power in such a small device people wouldn't have massive cases.

Vigormortis:

CyanCat47:
Brace yourselves, the graphics nuts are coming

Not before the deluge of Nintendo Apologists.

Its not the graphic nuts that is the problem.

Its the AAA third party devs.

A 720p touch screen does not mean that it won't be able to handle 1080p when docked. The Wii-U gamepad's resolution is only 854x480, and there are Wii-U games that do 1080p. Hold your freaking fire.

720p sounds fine for the touchscreen to me. It doesn't need some overpriced Retina display to do a better than adequate job for on-the-road gaming. And if it keeps the price down and extends battery life, it may well be a good decision. My tablet is 1280x800, and somehow- GASP!- I've managed not to go blind. The 3DS is 400x240. (800x240 if you count the 3D effect, before someone gets picky.)

I am a bit perplexed by the multi-touch screen, though. Clearly, said screen is inaccessible while the Switch is docked. And while it may well be that one controller can be used as a pointer, that would hardly duplicate the functionality of a multi-touch screen. Why, then, would a developer choose to develop towards that functionality if it's only going to be available a portion of the time? Perhaps Big N is expecting mobile developers to offer cheap ports of their Android and Apple work...? But then, that raises the (still unanswered) question of Switch's online and market capabilities, with the attendant sub-questions about storage on a cartridge-based system.

loa:

AzrealMaximillion:

loa:
Why add a touchscreen if they don't make it eat 3ds and ds games?

Lack of a second screen.

Why do people want so badly for the Switch to be the 3DS? Just get a 3DS and call it a day. No point in wanting the new console to just be another way to play old games.

Yeah because why would people want to do things like play their 3ds games on their TV or have an extended game library full of great games right at day 1?
And of course everyone has a bag of holding+1 and can store all the consoles too.
Besides, it's super convenient to have to dig out another console.

Truly, nobody will solve this enigma of why one would want this.

Not having backwards compatibility would probably make the machine cheaper to produce, if it's cheaper that the PS4/Xbox One then it has a decent chance sales wise I guess. That said, I hope it does, but it's not a deal breaker for me in particular. But it does cause concerns for early adopters, small game library at launch but having old games you can play keeps people engaged with the system. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Is this the same Eurogamer source that said the WiiU was stopping production, which Nintendo refuted?

720p on a handheld is fine. We'll see what the specs are for the TV resolution.

Or we could keep jumping to conclusions based on rumor and speculation. The Switch game pad being 720p means that the Switch is going to be less powerful than the WiiU at its 1080p. True facts.

loa:
Why add a touchscreen if they don't make it eat 3ds and ds games?
It does literally nothing for people who use it as a home console.

I guess to keep it in for digitally backwards compatible Wii U games.

Samtemdo8:

Vigormortis:

CyanCat47:
Brace yourselves, the graphics nuts are coming

Not before the deluge of Nintendo Apologists.

Its not the graphic nuts that is the problem.

Its the AAA third party devs.

Or the lack thereof...

DarklordKyo:

loa:
Why add a touchscreen if they don't make it eat 3ds and ds games?
It does literally nothing for people who use it as a home console.

I guess to keep it in for digitally backwards compatible Wii U games.

That won't work since the screen is the console and it can't be hooked up to a tv and used like a controller at the same time.

loa:

Yeah because why would people want to do things like play their 3ds games on their TV or have an extended game library full of great games right at day 1?

Why would you want to see the 3DS Graphics on a TV? They'd look pretty horrible. Look at The 3DS Version of Hyrule Warriors vs the Wii U version. The 3DS version is awful even on the 3DS. Most 3DS games would wind up looking about as bad as PS2 games on the early PS3's. I have an extensive 3DS catalogue, putting them straight to TV would not be a smart move. Nintendo usually does everything in its power to keep its handheld games stay there. Its why we haven't seen a proper Pokemon game on home console.

And of course everyone has a bag of holding+1 and can store all the consoles too.
Besides, it's super convenient to have to dig out another console.

Your unneeded and frankly silly hostility aside, I have an SD care in my 3DS. I have over 20 games on it. Solves that "bag of holding+1" problem. Welcome to the present, where SD cards of decent size are reasonably priced and unlike the Vita, work with the 3DS.

Truly, nobody will solve this enigma of why one would want this.

Or you could just keep the 3DS and wait for the Switch to have games worth buying it for.

You seem to be quite upset that I asked my question. No idea why. Are you that desperate to throw Nintendo money to play games on a console when you already have a 3DS that can do so just fine? Why would Nintendo pull a move that would only hurt its handheld base? We both know that even if 3DS games were digitally available on the Switch, that anyone who purchased them on the 3DS Market would not have their games transferred the Switch as Nintendo has shown time and time again to want people to triple or quad dip on titles.

If you really want to play 3DS games on your TV that badly, get a capture card and call it a day. It'd be cheaper than getting the Switch and you can enjoy all the portable games on your TV or PC Monitor that you want.

Its already been announced that 3DS cartridges will not work on the Switch, so you'd have to re-buy your 3DS library for the Switch anyways. And that's if 3DS games will show up on the Switch's Digital Marketplace.

Vigormortis:

Samtemdo8:

Vigormortis:

Not before the deluge of Nintendo Apologists.

Its not the graphic nuts that is the problem.

Its the AAA third party devs.

Or the lack thereof...

This. I don't know why in the hell Nintendo's Switch trailer showed Skyrim and NBA 2K17 when they're not even confirmed for the console itself. That's a strange move indeed.

altnameJag:
Is this the same Eurogamer source that said the WiiU was stopping production, which Nintendo refuted?

Eurogamer's source is the Japanese Newspaper Nikkei. Those guys have reported things that Nintendo refuted, then did, so many times I'm staring to think that this may be legit.

720p on a handheld is fine. We'll see what the specs are for the TV resolution.

Or we could keep jumping to conclusions based on rumor and speculation. The Switch game pad being 720p means that the Switch is going to be less powerful than the WiiU at its 1080p. True facts.

Agreed.

AzrealMaximillion:
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Right.
Most of your bullshit can be answered with "because I am not you" and so are lots and lots of other people.
The only "nerve" you struck is how tedious and uncalled for your argument of "I don't have a problem therefore nobody has a problem, fyigm" is.
So that's that.

loa:

AzrealMaximillion:
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Right.
Most of your bullshit can be answered with "because I am not you" and so are lots and lots of other people.
The only "nerve" you struck is how tedious and uncalled for your argument of "I don't have a problem therefore nobody has a problem, fyigm" is.
So that's that.

I don't get the hostility. Really I don't. This is the kind of response that gets you called a Nintendo Apologist. The Switch has no hard details other than that it won't support Wii U disks or 3DS cartidges.

You do have to admit that pretty much says that if 3DS games hit the Switch, you'll be buying them again because Nintendo's digital market doesn't cross consoles.

Hell, they should Skyrim and NBA 2K17 as games but they're not even confirmed to be releases. Don't get so petty in defense of a console you know next to nothing about and use hopes as a means of argument.

I think the 720p limit is more a limitation of current battery tech rather than GPU processing limitations. 1080p is 2.25 times higher resolution than 720p. To render that would suck up precious battery life.

 

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