The Nintendo Switch's Dock is Only There for Power and TV Output

By Tom Pritchard on at

Yesterday saw the long-awaited announcement of the Nintendo Switch, a console/tablet hybrid set to arrive in March. But it turns out that the system is more handheld than it is console.

The idea behind the Switch is that you can pull out a tablet to play all of your favourite games out in the real world. According to Nintendo that tablet is where all of the magic happens, since the dock is only used to provide power and TV output. Speaking to IGN, a rep said:

"The dock is not the main console unit of Nintendo Switch. The main unit of Nintendo Switch is the unit that has the LCD screen, which the two Joy-Con controllers can be attached to and detached from. The main function of the Nintendo Switch Dock is to provide an output to the TV, as well as charging and providing power to the system."

That's pretty obvious from watching the announcement video, but it's nice to have some clarification from Nintendo that taking the tablet out into the world won't adversely affect performance.

You'll only have to worry about how much battery the tablet has, but Nintendo hasn't released that information yet. Hopefully you'll at least be able to recharge it without having to plug it into the dock. [IGN via The Verge]