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Nintendo Switch will reportedly have a multitouch screen

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Last week Nintendo finally unveiled its long-rumored next console, Switch. But while the console’s debut trailer provided a clearer picture of the device, it also raised a number of questions. Most notably: does Switch have a touchscreen? The answer, according to a new report from Eurogamer, is yes.

The site claims that Switch will feature a 6.2-inch 720p display and that, unlike past Nintendo hardware like the 3DS and Wii U which had resistive touch screens, it will also include a capacitive multitouch display. Eurogamer previously reported accurately that the Switch — then known as the NX — would be a portable / console hybrid with controls that detached from a tablet.

Questions remain as to how you’ll be able to play touchscreen games while the tablet is docked, as the screen is inaccessible when hooked up to a television. Eurogamer suggests that one of the motion-sensitive JoyCon controllers could be used to replicate touchscreen controls on your television. But the inclusion of a touchscreen means that many games designed for previous Nintendo hardware could potentially be ported to the device, as could upcoming mobile titles like December’s Super Mario Run.

We’ll be able to find out more details on Switch early next year: Nintendo is holding an event on January 12th where it plans to reveal the console’s price, release date, and more.


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