Nintendo Switch Hardware Has More Than 10 “Noteworthy Shortcomings”

Nintendo Switch isn’t even a week old yet, but it has already received its fair share of criticism. A number of critics are saying several elements of the hardware fell short of what they intended to offer, such as the “flimsy” kickstand and the “inconvenient” position of the charging port. The folks at Kotaku came up with the following points in regard to some of the hardware’s “noteworthy shortcomings.”

  • The kickstand on the back of the Switch is flimsy and seems destined to snap off. It props up the screen at a steep angle unsuited to a lot of situations and generally feels unsteady. It also doubles as a cover for the MicroSD card slot, so if it does break, your memory card will be exposed.
  • Both the Joy-Con grip and the Pro Controller lack a headphone output, putting the Switch behind the PS4, Xbox One and even the Wii U in terms of allowing you to easily listen to game audio on headphones from your couch when you’re using the console to play a game on the TV.
  • The charging port is on the bottom of the Switch, which is fine when you’re holding it but means you can’t prop up the screen on a table while charging it, because the plug gets in the way.
  • The release buttons you use to detach the Joy-Con are small and hard to press without accidentally pressing other buttons as well.
  • The caps that slide over the Joy-Con when you’re using them separately are oddly tricky to get on and off.
  • There’s no HDMI output on the tablet, so if you want to plug the console into a TV at a hotel or your relatives’ house, you’ll need to bring the dock with you.
  • There’s no support for bluetooth headsets, which feels like an omission in a high-tech tablet device in 2017.
  • You can’t transfer your saved games to a new console or a MicroSD card, which means there’s currently no way to back up your saves.
  • If you want to use the included AC adapter to charge the console on the go, you have to open up the dock and remove it before taking it with you.
  • The included HDMI cable is a hair under 5’ long, a foot shorter than the 6’ that I’ve come to think of as standard and too short to use in my entertainment center. Apparently Nintendo likes shipping things with cables that are too short.
  • The included Joy-Con grip doesn’t charge the controllers, so if you use the Switch for TV gaming and want to charge the Joy-Con every night you’ll have to disassemble the grip controller and re-attach the Joy-Con to the handheld in the dock. It’s an awkward process, and your only alternative is to buy a Pro Controller or shell out $30 for a nearly identical “charge grip” with a USB input.


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