If you’ve come away from the Nintendo Switch reveal with more questions than answers, you’re not alone – it appears as if Nintendo has had to clarify just how the new console works in both its mobile and home console settings.
In a statement provided to IGN, a Nintendo representative provides some greater insight on how the device functions, including what the purpose of the docking system is other than to hold the portable LCD screen seen in the reveal trailer.
The Nintendo Switch Dock has been created so that it is extremely easy to seamlessly switch from playing games on a TV to transition into a portable mode,” says the rep, although you’ll probably be surprised to learn that the dock is not the primary component of the console.
“The dock is not the main console unit of Nintendo Switch. The main unit of Nintendo Switch is the unit that has the LCD screen, which the two Joy-Con controllers can be attached to and detached from,” the rep continues to explain, before adding that the Dock is simply there to charge the portable LCD screen and provide output to a TV whenever you want to play on a bigger screen.
It’s unclear at this time whether having the LCD screen nestled in the Dock will confer any sort of performance improvement akin to a laptop being plugged in at the mains, so we’ll just have to wait on Nintendo to provide more details.
We could be waiting a while, though – there won’t be any further details concerning hardware specs or new games until next year.