• Register
  • TOS
  • Privacy
  • @NeoGAF
  • Like

jts
...hate me...
(04-16-2017, 01:40 AM)
jts's Avatar

Previous 4" model: https://i.imgur.com/VNAUS7z.png

Citigroup analysts said in a research note to investors seen by Bloomberg that a Switch Mini might debut in the fiscal year through March 2019.

“Although the Nintendo Switch can be used as a handheld device, we think smaller children could struggle to use it comfortably in that format due to its size and weight,” the analysts said. “Accordingly, we think Nintendo will launch a lighter, dedicated handheld version of the Switch, possibly to be called the Switch Mini.”

http://bgr.com/2017/04/14/nintendo-s...-release-date/

So, this has been discussed in other thread. Clearly people are divided about it. I tend to agree with Citigroup, more because of price than size, but both matter.

Availability (or lack thereof) aside, Nintendo currently sells 4 consoles:

Nintendo 2DS - $79,99
Nintendo New 3DS - $199,99
Nintendo New 3DS XL - $199,99 (what the hell, same MSRP nowadays lol)
Nintendo Switch - $299,99

All of them with different degrees of complexity, hardware level, size, and price. Out of the 3DS family, the XL is the most sold unit IIRC, but the 2DS also sells a lot. Price matters. 2DS got to a low price by reducing complexity, it doesn’t have moving parts, it doesn’t have a 3D display, it doesn’t even have stereo speakers.

Nintendo Switch is brand new and sells at full $300 price with a dock, 2 Joy-cons and a large 6.2” IPS HD display. Because of this price more akin to home consoles, and because the Wii U died off, the hybrid side that is being used to market it is the home console one. But not even counting efficiency gains, there’s loads room for Nintendo to iterate other versions and get cheaper, when:

  • Sales need a kick
  • 3DS needs to die off

By then the Switch will directly aim at the general handheld market as well, marketing-wise.

Dockless SKU: this is a simple method to try and reach the $250 price-tag, even if it doesn’t save Nintendo exactly $50. Now, some people will say that a dock costs $1 or $2 or is even free or whatever. But it’s not quite right. The dock is mostly plastic yes, but that’s not where lies the main cost of it, but rather on the electronics: a USB-C to HDMI + 3 USB-A + USB-C power passthrough hub isn’t cheap from any known brand (from Apple to Anker) so lets move on with that. From the cost in electronics to the reduced production complexity by not including one with every Switch, to the smaller and lighter box the absence of it allows, there are savings to be had.

But then it’s not a Switch? No, it’s still a Switch. You can still use it with the dock. But "now" you’re not forced to buy the dock so you have more options, so everyone wins. By the time this happens everyone knows well what the Switch is and you know why yours cost $250 and not $300 like the other next to it.

This is, though, not too radical. By the time the 3DS, and especially the 2DS dies off there’s a MASSIVE hole in the market that Nintendo needs to fill. Maybe it’s not possible to get to $80 but going under $200 seems essential, especially when Pokémon hits (not necessarily Pokémon Stars, but next-gen Pokémon when it drops 3DS support).

Enter the 2DS for the Switch: Switch mini. Simpler, smaller, accessible for kids.

Massively reduces production complexity and materials:

No Joy-cons. Integrated controls. This saves 2 bluetooth chips, one IR camera, 2 batteries, at least one gyro.

Because it has built-in controls and not Joy-cons, it can have a real d-pad.

And still, I think there would be no problem with it being called a Switch. Switch is a platform, it's brand, and by then even more of an established one. There is a SUV called "Mini" nowadays. As long as it's well marketed, it will be fine.

Also, in my opinion, something like this could and should be compatible with the whole range of Switch hardware, from dock to Joy-cons. I can see the dock being a challenge though, since I don't know how a small console with built-in joysticks could fit in it. Any thoughts?

Now, I was going to post it side by size with PSP (4.3”) and PS Vita (5”) but by the time I completed the mock-up I felt like 4” is a bit too small. 4.5” to 5” likely ideal, to get almost to the overall volume of Switch main unit (sans Joy-cons), which should suffice regarding the thermal envelope. But I’ll not readjust it today, too much trouble :p

Some colours for good measure.


(4" model)


(5")

Sorry for this, and sorry if the text is a bit confused. I just thought it could be a fun talk to have and then revisit in 1 or 2 years.
Last edited by jts; 04-16-2017 at 09:58 AM.
MegaManTrigger
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:42 AM)
MegaManTrigger's Avatar
Like I said in the other thread, calling it a "Switch Mini" and then selling it as a standalone handheld SKU with no dock will only cause confusion.

"Wait, why can't I plug this into my TV? Why the fuck is it called a Switch if it can't be switched?"

Originally Posted by jts

But then it’s not a Switch? No, it’s still a Switch. You can still use it with the dock. But "now" you’re not forced to buy the dock so you have more options, so everyone wins. By the time this happens everyone knows well what the Switch is and you know why yours cost $250 and not $300 like the other next to it.

Wait this doesn't make sense, how are you not forcing people to buy a separate dock when you're proposing a SKU with no dock? Or are you assuming this is for people who already have the Switch? I'm confused at which people you're trying to target.
Last edited by MegaManTrigger; 04-16-2017 at 01:45 AM.
Fat4all
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:44 AM)
Fat4all's Avatar
but you can't switch that Switch
MouldyK
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:44 AM)
MouldyK's Avatar
When the speculation includes a picture of Virtual Console...hell, F-Zero Virtual Console...


...you know people can't think straight.
NMFried
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:45 AM)
NMFried's Avatar
I could see it when the 3DS is ready to dip out.

Honestly though, it's more likely we see a complete revision down the line. But locking down the console to handheld-only sort of defeats the whole "Switch" thing.
AquaWateria
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:45 AM)
AquaWateria's Avatar
Nintendo won't be able to make bank off the joycons lol.
SgtCobra
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:45 AM)
SgtCobra's Avatar
New pillar then?
Aarglefarg
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:46 AM)
Aarglefarg's Avatar
I might be tempted by a clamshell Switch Mini.
sixteen-bit
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:46 AM)
why is the dpad so low
entremet
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:46 AM)
entremet's Avatar
Wouldn't it be more expensive?
ThoseDeafMutes
Four naan Jeremy? Four? That's insane.
(04-16-2017, 01:46 AM)
ThoseDeafMutes's Avatar
Make it like 4.5" and it can be docked but only comes with a cable, if you want dock it's sold separately. Like there's a usbc-HDMI thing.

Would require a die shrink too for thermals to fit.
Last edited by ThoseDeafMutes; 04-16-2017 at 01:49 AM.
xxracerxx
Banned
(04-16-2017, 01:47 AM)
xxracerxx's Avatar
The Stasis Mini is here.
Mutant
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:47 AM)
Mutant's Avatar
I appreciate the mock-up.
Majine
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:47 AM)
Majine's Avatar
I think they'll do just an Apple TV-style box (and joycons+grip) and sell it cheaper.
The Horror the horror
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:47 AM)
The Horror the horror's Avatar
I've said this in the other thread:

The Switch needs to deliver its message and promise out of the box. The way it is now is simple and fulfills its mission statement, namely to play device on the TV or on the road.

You don't want to create another market confusion or muddy the message like the Wii U by offering another sku that doesn't do exactly what the Switch promises immediately out of the box.
notaskwid
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:47 AM)
notaskwid's Avatar
I would have bought that thing if it existed.
darkside31337
Tomodachi wa Mahou
(04-16-2017, 01:48 AM)
darkside31337's Avatar
I think the mockup is neat. Very GBA like (gotta mock up a glacier clear one). I do think something like this is inevitable down the road, think a kid friendly device like the 2DS makes a lot of sense.
Prelude.
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:48 AM)
Prelude.'s Avatar
Fuck <5" screens.
Branduil
(04-16-2017, 01:49 AM)
Branduil's Avatar
Quoting from other thread:

Originally Posted by Branduil

You guys are overthinking the idea of a smaller, mainly portable Switch. The 3DS had identity issues early on, but by the time the 2DS came out they had sorted it out. The Switch already has a much stronger identity, so a smaller version in a couple years would be fine. There's a market for smaller, cheaper, kid-friendly handhelds that is currently being served by the 2DS and 3DS. Once those are gone, Nintendo will want a replacement. In a couple years, the Switch will be much cheaper, maybe $250 with a pack-in game. With a die-shrink, they could release a smaller, fanless handheld Switch with no joycons for much cheaper. It wouldn't do as much as the original Switch, but it would be far cheaper and much more kid-friendly. $150 to play every Nintendo game(and double as an extra controller if you already have a Switch) would make a tempting stocking-stuffer for a lot of parents. I'll be very surprised if this doesn't exist by Christmas 2019.

Hattori
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:49 AM)
it would be reasonably viable around year 3-4. By then the confusion factor and its impact would be very minimal.
Elwood Blues
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:49 AM)
Elwood Blues's Avatar
Yeah, make into a Vita. That thing sold great.
jts
...hate me...
(04-16-2017, 01:49 AM)
jts's Avatar

Originally Posted by MegaManTrigger

Like I said in the other thread, calling it a "Switch Mini" and then selling it as a standalone handheld SKU with no dock will only cause confusion.

"Wait, why can't I plug this into my TV? Why the fuck is it called a Switch if it can't be switched?"



Wait this doesn't make sense, how are you not forcing people to buy a separate dock when you're proposing a SKU with no dock? Or are you assuming this is for people who already have the Switch? I'm confused at which people you're trying to target.

The 3DS/2DS that not necessarily want to play on TV or just want the gaming spec at the minimum cost possible.

Originally Posted by Fat4all

but you can't switch that Switch

But you can switch it for a Switch that can switch. Also you can switch it on and switch it off.

...but it's generally recommended to put it in sleep mode :p
darkside31337
Tomodachi wa Mahou
(04-16-2017, 01:50 AM)
darkside31337's Avatar

Originally Posted by Elwood Blues

Yeah, make into a Vita. That thing sold great.

It looks like a GBA. Those sold great. PSP sold great too.
sleepwalkcapsules
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:50 AM)
sleepwalkcapsules's Avatar
I think it will happen.

But I'm really curious in how they'll make the battery last. The battery on the Switch is BIG. I think a Switch Mini will be slightly fatter, I don't see how it would be possible for it to match current switch battery duration if it's not (even considering they'll use a FinFET Pascal)
Kuro
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:51 AM)
Kuro's Avatar
It would be an instant buy for me and a worth successor to my Vita.
Valkyri von Thanatos
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:52 AM)
Valkyri von Thanatos's Avatar
I'm currently waiting for a Switch Mini. Don't want to be burned later for buying a console with less functionality (worse batteries, harder to carry around, etc.) so I'm waiting until that or Metroid Prime 4 come out on the system (whichever's first).

It also means I'll be able to jump in with a megaton of excellent software, potentially at cheaper prices than at launch. It might be tough to wait while Mario Odyssey and other killer apps are coming out, but the wait will make the payoff even sweeter.

Though that red is not quite my preferred shade, both it and the black Switch Mini mockups look pretty good. Something that's black with red highlights would look pretty cool. I hope their speculation is right and we'll only have to wait until 2019.
mario_O
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:52 AM)
mario_O's Avatar

Originally Posted by Fat4all

but you can't switch that Switch

The 'Nintendo Switched'?
Nostremitus
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:52 AM)
Nostremitus's Avatar
Oh hell yeah. I'd double dip on the mini.
TheProphet
Banned
(04-16-2017, 01:52 AM)
if they make a switch mini, they also need to release a separate dock that fits the switch mini
MegaManTrigger
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:53 AM)
MegaManTrigger's Avatar

Originally Posted by jts

The 3DS/2DS that not necessarily want to play on TV or just want the gaming spec at the minimum cost possible.

Going for that contradicts the original messaging of the Switch. You're going from a hybrid to now forcing a split by introducing a traditional handheld.
Apoleptica
Banned
(04-16-2017, 01:53 AM)
Nintendo does multiple revisions for all of it's handheld consoles, the switch will have one too. I think there will be a switch sp in the future for sure. Lots of people will go against the idea of a revision because they just bought a switch and it's not something they want to think about.
Crayon
(04-16-2017, 01:53 AM)
Crayon's Avatar
I want that fake ass periwinkle switch mini but I can't have it.
chrisPjelly
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:53 AM)
chrisPjelly's Avatar
I'd be down for a Nintendo Hitch , 2019 is soooooo far away thp
SwordStruck
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:54 AM)
SwordStruck's Avatar
I don't see how at the moment they could fit the internals into a unit that small (Assuming a die shrink is available now or in the near future that would even allow for it). That, and they would have to considerably lower the size of the battery, so that would be pretty detrimental to its portability despite the smaller form factor. I just don't think this is viable for at least a few years.
Cerium
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:54 AM)
Cerium's Avatar

Originally Posted by Elwood Blues

Yeah, make into a Vita. That thing sold great.

Vita was abandoned by Monster Hunter and its first party almost immediately.
Graphics Horse
graphics horse
graphics horse
does whatever a
graphics horse does
(04-16-2017, 01:54 AM)
Graphics Horse's Avatar
Can we stop worrying about potential confusion of something two years after everyone already knows what a Switch is, jeez.

Nice mockup but I'm not sure they will go for a screen that small this time given the popularity of the larger 3DS models.
Eolz
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:54 AM)
Eolz's Avatar
Nice mockup, but that's not a Switch anymore at that point.
That's missing the point entirely like the people asking for a WiiU without gamepad.

Edit: on top of that, you couldn't really fit its tech inside for that price.
99Luffy
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:55 AM)
99Luffy's Avatar
It'll probably be 5.5" since thats the standard for phones.
Jaded Alyx
(04-16-2017, 01:55 AM)
Jaded Alyx's Avatar
Hand cramps.
Branduil
(04-16-2017, 01:56 AM)
Branduil's Avatar

Originally Posted by sleepwalkcapsules

I think it will happen.

But I'm really curious in how they'll make the battery last. The battery on the Switch is BIG. I think a Switch Mini will be slightly fatter, I don't see how it would be possible for it to match current switch battery duration if it's not (even considering they'll use a FinFET Pascal)

Obviously it won't be possible until they can do a die shrink. That would make for a much more efficient system, thus a smaller battery. A smaller screen will help there too.
MegaManTrigger
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:56 AM)
MegaManTrigger's Avatar

Originally Posted by Eolz

Nice mockup, but that's not a Switch anymore at that point.
That's missing the point entirely like the people asking for a WiiU without gamepad.

Edit: on top of that, you couldn't really fit its tech inside for that price.

I feel like the Wii U doesn't lose its identity without the GamePad, whereas if you force the Switch to be either a TV console or handheld, you lose what it's supposed to be about.
jack....
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:56 AM)

Originally Posted by AquaWateria

Nintendo won't be able to make bank off the joycons lol.

They're actually losing money on them: http://nintendotoday.com/teardown-fi...o-manufacture/
Ac30
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:57 AM)

Originally Posted by sleepwalkcapsules

I think it will happen.

But I'm really curious in how they'll make the battery last. The battery on the Switch is BIG. I think a Switch Mini will be slightly fatter, I don't see how it would be possible for it to match current switch battery duration if it's not (even considering they'll use a FinFET Pascal)

They could shrink the resolution alongside the screen and drop the clocks to match. It's scalable and an easy fix.

What the fuck is happening to GAF with these time warps
Nostremitus
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:57 AM)
Nostremitus's Avatar

Originally Posted by Eolz

Nice mockup, but that's not a Switch anymore at that point.
That's missing the point entirely like the people asking for a WiiU without gamepad.

2DS was a fine alternate to the 3DS. This would be the same only it would have an even better reason for existing. (Portability)
mario_O
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:57 AM)
mario_O's Avatar

Originally Posted by chrisPjelly

I'd be down for a Nintendo Hitch , 2019 is soooooo far away thp

I don't believe for a second that they're going to wait till 2019 to replace the 3DS.
FStubbs
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:58 AM)
I think there will be a Switch-mini at some point. But it'll still come with a dock.
Air
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:58 AM)
Air's Avatar

Originally Posted by jack....
They're actually losing money on them: http://nintendotoday.com/teardown-fi...o-manufacture/

That's not really what the article says
Last edited by Air; 04-16-2017 at 02:01 AM.
James Scott
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:58 AM)
James Scott's Avatar
Basically every console gets a revision eventually so it not really a bold prediction to say that by 2019 we'll get a new one.
3DS's revisions were every year and a half on average
jts
...hate me...
(04-16-2017, 01:59 AM)
jts's Avatar

Originally Posted by entremet

Wouldn't it be more expensive?

Less parts and less complexity. Remember that a Joy-con set is priced at $80 and the dock at $60. Of course that's not their cost. But they cost, regardless.

Originally Posted by ThoseDeafMutes

Make it like 4.5" and it can be docked but only comes with a cable, if you want dock it's sold separately. Like there's a usbc-HDMI thing.

Would require a die shrink too for thermals to fit.

Yeah I guess that feels more like it. 4" would be way too jammed. But even at 4.5"-5" I think the whole thing be almost the same volume as the Switch tablet itself, although of course the controls would steal some internal room.

USB-C to HDMI cable would be neat even for the regular Switch tbh (with the respective power pass-through as well at least).
Beerman462
Member
(04-16-2017, 01:59 AM)
Beerman462's Avatar
Would most game UIs even be usable with a smaller screen?

Also without a die shrink the battery would be that much smaller and therefore a terrible portable.

Thread Tools