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After an eternity of waiting to find out just what the Nintendo Switch even was, waiting two more months for Nintendo’s next system to arrive this March doesn’t feel so bad. Still, some of us are more patient than others. And if the console/handheld hybrid proves popular, you might be waiting longer than expected to snag one. So what can you do to keep yourself from losing your mind?
The Nintendo Switch’s main gimmick, switching from console to handheld, is certainly unique. However, other tech and gaming products have used ideas similar to the Switch. So if you’re really craving Nintendo’s upcoming device, these gizmos may tide you over for now.
Yes, the Switch will soon render Nintendo’s previous, underrated console completely obsolete. But right now it’s the closest you can get to having the Switch experience. The GamePad lets you play console-quality games in a handheld tablet form factor, as long as you stay close enough to the box. Plus, a lot of the best early Switch games will probably be ports of games that debuted on the Wii U. So get a head start by playing the originals.
Until the Switch arrives, the PlayStation Vita is the most powerful dedicated gaming handheld ever released. Granted, that didn’t help it deliver a library of games to surpass the 3DS, but it is still a very impressive device on a technical level. Its high specs, multitouch screen, and full portability are all very Switch-like. Plus, the PlayStation TV lets you play Vita games on a television, just like a Switch dock.
Nvidia Shield Portable
Not only does the Nvidia Shield portable provide HD games on the go with a full controller, it also runs on the same Nvidia Tegra chip architecture that will power the Nintendo Switch. Granted, the Switch is getting a custom version of the chip with more power, but the seeds of the device started with the Nvidia Shield portable. Rumor has it this line was only discontinued because of the Switch.
Phones and tablets are great portable gaming machines. They’re getting more powerful all the time, you always have them with you, and app stores are fantastic distribution services. The only problem is a lot of games just don’t play well with touch screens. Third-party manufacturers try to fix this with Bluetooth controllers, and the Gamevice’s solution of sticking controllers on each half of your phone or tablet is very Switch-like indeed.
The Morphus X300 is an Android gaming tablet with two controller halves you attach to the sides. Sounds a lot like the Nintendo Switch. However, it also takes a cue from another Nintendo portable by offering glasses-free 3D visuals like the Nintendo 3DS. So it’ll be perfect for watching the next four Avatar sequels.
Razer Pro Edge
When it comes to gaming PC hardware #brands, Razer is one of our favorites. So it wasn’t surprising to see its gaming tablet, the Razer Pro Edge, use smart design to make high-end gaming on a full Windows tablet actually fun to do. The tablet slots into a case featuring two side controllers. The only thing separating this from the Switch is the controllers aren’t detachable.
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Fiddle with some side knobs to make stuff happen on the screen. That’s pretty much what the Nintendo Switch is. Heck, that’s pretty much what all video games are.