Switch may have a chance to be a boon to the $299-and-up Nintendo Switch game store in the future.
The company has said it will continue to offer discounted prices on select titles, including Switch exclusives like the upcoming sequel to Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, and the upcoming free-to-play mobile game Clash Royale.
But it may also be a game-changing moment for Switch owners looking to take a look at a cheaper, but still worthwhile alternative to the console.
The Switch was announced in October at E3, and while the console has a lot of new hardware to go around, it also includes a number of games that have been previously only available on the Switch.
These include the Switch’s latest entry in the popular Metal Gear series, The Phantom Regiment, the new free-roaming puzzler Firefall, and an assortment of classic console games, like Super Mario Sunshine and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
The Switch also has some exclusives, including its own new multiplayer shooter Super Bomberman R, a free-play free-for-all for Super Smash Bros. for Switch, and a free, all-new puzzle game, Clash Royale, which is set in the same universe as Clash of Clans.
In an interview with Gamespot, Switch game designer and Switch owner Tetsuya Nomura said that while he has a great deal of fondness for Switch’s games, he was more than willing to consider switching over to another console if the price cut offered was too good to pass up.
“I would have to take the price off, if it’s a console,” Nomura told Gamespot.
“But if it is a Switch, I’d be more than happy to take it.”
Switch owners may have noticed that the price of the console dropped from $349 to $299, but they are getting a good deal on the new console.
The console’s price drops aren’t limited to just games; the console also has a handful of other new features that are expected to be available with the Switch when it launches later this year.
For starters, the console is powered by Nvidia’s Pascal architecture, which has been in development for the past several years.
That means that Switch users will have the latest and greatest graphics processing power and an even more powerful processor than the PS4 and Xbox One.
The PS4 Pro and Xbox Scorpio are also expected to come with upgraded graphics processors.
However, for now, the Switch still relies on Nvidia’s Tegra X1 chip, which only recently surpassed Nvidia’s own Maxwell architecture.
Nomura said he would love to see Nvidia’s new GPUs become available on other consoles.
“It’s going to be interesting to see if other consoles like the PS3 and Xbox 360 have similar technology to us,” Nomora said.
“So it’ll be interesting for people to try and do something like that on Switch, which I think has the best graphics hardware and the best GPU that we’ve seen yet.”
As far as what Switch owners can expect with the console’s new features, Nomura also confirmed that the Switch will support 1080p games.
“That’s going be a big deal,” he said.
“I can’t tell you how many games are on there right now, but 1080p is really the future.”
Nomira said that the console will also support 720p, but he said that there would be “some limitations.”
For instance, the game won’t be able to be split between the top and bottom screen resolutions on the console, which will make it difficult to play games with an external monitor.
However, he said there are plans to support 720P at 1080p resolutions on future Switch consoles, and that the company is also working on a “1080p controller.”
He also confirmed the fact that the controller will be compatible with a new wireless adapter that’s being developed.
That will make the Switch even more compatible with wireless gaming.
“There’s a wireless adapter coming out, and there are some other things coming up in the next few months,” Nomuro said.