The world has seen massive changes in the last few months. Surprising political and economic movements aside, technology has changed drastically. However, one entity has remained unaffected by the constant flux of change, the internet and its users’ need for net neutrality and privacy.
Computers and microprocessors have become ubiquitous over the past decade. Your smart phone, your television set and possibly even your coffee maker has some form of computing chip inside of it allowing it to carry out its functions. Computing power has increased exponentially over the past few decades. Moore’s Law, which states that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits will double every 18 months, has been true for the last few decades. However, computer technology has advanced so rapidly in the past couple of years that transistors are rapidly the theoretical limit, the size of atoms. Scientists are trying to circumvent this issue through something known as ‘Quantum Computing’.
Nintendo has finally unveiled the next iteration of their gaming console. Simply dubbed “Nintendo Switch”, it aims to bridge the gap between handheld consoles and home consoles, essentially allowing the players to “switch” between gaming on their large televisions or a 7″ controller that is bundled with the console. Not much is know about the the internal specifications of the console or the launch titles – except for Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild -, however, the announcement trailer did show NBA2K and a game that looked very similar to Skyrim.
Some caveats I noticed however were that games would be available in cartridges which point towards the lack of very powerful hardware and that the console itself was pretty tiny. Apart from that, the concept is fresh and interesting and would open up new gaming experiences – Nintendo has added $1 billion to its market value since its announcement of the revelation of the NX today. The Nintendo NX aka Nintendo Switch will be released in March 2017.