New Nintendo Switch Report Talks Resolution and Touchscreen

Nintendo finally adopts multi-touch support.


While Nintendo is apparently content to wait until January to reveal much more about the Switch, a new report has emerged detailing some key information about the system and its screen.

Among these is the fact that Switch is equipped with a 6.2-inch screen featuring a 720p resolution. This is according to sources speaking with Eurogamer, which accurately reported on numerous details about the Switch, including its console/hybrid format, months before they were announced.

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The site also reports the screen is indeed a touchscreen. That's something Nintendo didn't indicate during last week's announcement video, but it is in fact a capacitive multi-touch screen.

That's a big step up from the resistive, single-touch screens of the 3DS and Wii U, which were lacking in terms of accuracy and the ability to interact with more than one finger/stylus at a time. This will allow for the sort of multi-touch input featured in games on Vita, mobile devices, and tablets.

It's unclear why Nintendo didn't reference this in last week's announcement and refused to offer comment in the days after. Nintendo may have simply wanted to focus exclusively on the console/handheld aspect of the system.

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We also don't yet know how Switch will handle touch input in games when the system is stored in its dock, which both covers the screen and puts it out of reach. Eurogamer notes the right Joy-Con has an IR sensor that could potentially allow it to be pointed at the TV in lieu of touching the touchscreen.

The first interview with Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima since Switch's announcement was published today. He said that last week's announcement video was "[b]y no means was that everything" to see about the system and teased additional accessories or add-ons for it.

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