I thought that once Nintendo had unveiled its new console that the rumors would slow down, but what I hadn’t predicted was that the reveal would be a preview trailer that left more questions than answers. Of course now that we have a solid release taking place in under five months and more developers begin to spend time with the Switch, it’s inevitable that more details would leak out between now and March.
The latest rumors involve the Nintendo Switch console itself, more precisely its screen. Despite not showcasing any touchscreen gaming in the preview trailer last week, Eurogamer has reported that it will indeed be a multi-touch capacitive screen, similar to the technology used on iPads and iPhones. This differs from the touchscreens used in previous Nintendo devices. The 3DS and Wii U employ resistive touchscreens allowing for a single source of input at a time, often a stylus for precision.
In this day and age it would be odd to not have a touchscreen on a tablet-like device so it I feel it makes perfect sense for the Switch to have that feature. What’s interesting is that while touch gaming would make sense while using the Switch as a portable, it seemingly wouldn’t work when docked and playing on the TV since the player would no longer be holding the screen. Apparently the right-hand side of the JoyCon may have an IR sensor that would allow for pointer controls like the Wii to simulate a touchscreen-like input. I’m having difficulties visualizing how this would all work effectively, so I have my doubts about this rumor. That being said, if the technology works well then I think it would be great to have yet another way of interacting with games on the Switch.
In the coming months I expect more details to leak or rumors to bubble to the surface. It will be nice to finally see everything the system has to offer on January 12 when Nintendo will broadcast a live deep-dive into the Switch, which will include price point, release date, and games in development. Shortly after, press will get to play the new console and the public will go hands-on in the following days and weeks. By then all of these questions should have answers – hopefully good ones.