How Do the Switch's Specs Hold Up to the Competition?

Just how powerful is Nintendo's latest console? Let's compare it to its peers and find out.

As with every generation of consoles, gamers are eager to know the specifications of each console to see which one will suit them the best.

With the Nintendo Switch only a month away, will it be the best of the best and on the cutting edge? Or, will it be overshadowed by its rivals? Here's all you need to know about the Nintendo Switch's specs, along with how it compares to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Nintendo Switch Specs:

Specs Details
Size 102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm (With JoyCon attached)
Weight approx 297g (With JoyCon attached:398g)
Screen Capacitive touch screen/6.2 inch LCD/1280x720 resolution
CPU/GPU NVIDIA customised TEGRA processor
System Memory 32GB
Communication Features Wireless Lan/Bluetooth 4.1
Video Output Maximum Resolution: 1920x1080, 60 fps
Audio Output Supports linear PCM 1.5ch
Speakers Stereo
USB Terminal USB Type-C Terminal
Headphone mic. Jack Stereo Output
Gamecard Slot Exclusive For Switch Games
microSD Card Slot Compatible with microSD, microSDHC and micro SDXC cards
Sensors Accelerometer/gyroscope/brightness sensor
Internal Battery Can last for more than 6 hours, depending on the game
Charging Time 3 Hours

PlayStation 4 Specifications:

Main processor Single-chip custom processor
CPU : x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
Memory GDDR5 8GB
Storage size 500GB, 1TB
BD/ DVD drive
(read only)
BD × 6 CAV
DVD × 8 CAV
Input/ Output Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen1) port × 2 
AUX port × 1
Networking Ethernet(10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1
IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth®v4.0
Power AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz
Power consumption Max. 165W
AV output HDMI™ out port (HDR output supported)

PlayStation 4 Pro Specifications:

Main processor Single-chip custom processor
CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
Memory GDDR5 8GB
Storage size 1TB
BD/ DVD drive
(read only
BD × 6 CAV
DVD × 8 CAV
Input/ Output Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port × 3
AUX port × 1
Networking Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
Power AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz
Power consumption Max. 310W
AV output HDMI™ out port (supports 4K/HDR)
DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port

Xbox One Vs Xbox One S Specifications:

Feature Xbox One S Xbox One
Cost $299-399 USD $249 USD
Plays All Xbox One Games Yes Yes
Plays Backward Compatible Xbox 360 Games Yes Yes
HDR Video Streaming Yes No
HDR Video Gameplay Yes, with select titles No
4K Blu-ray Support Yes No
Kinect Compatibility Yes, but requires an adapter Yes
Functions Vertically Yes No
Includes Controller Yes, (slightly revised) Yes
Integrated IR Blaster Yes No
Hard Drive Size 500 GB, 1TB, 2TB 500 GB, 1TB
CPU Custom 1.75 GHz AMD 8-core APU (2 quad-core Jaguar modules Same

Perhaps I'm being biased, but for my money, the PS4 Pro seems to be the best choice for gamers, especially as technology is advancing rapidly. The NVIDIA powered Switch will be considered lackluster and outdated in comparison to power in a few years time. However, don't feel obliged to pick my choice. Pick what you think is best for you.

How do you think the Nintendo Switch's specs hold up to the competition? Do you care more about specs or the games associated with each console? Sound off in the comments below! 

Published Feb. 5th 2017

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