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Low power consumption and inconspicuous performance improvements: what has changed in the updated Nintendo Switch

The authors of Digital Foundry say.

Eurogamer technical staff tested the new Switch revision of the HAC-001 (-01) – a version codenamed Mariko with a Tegra X1 processor and longer battery life

Judging by their impression of the device, which was already released in Hong Kong, the changes were largely insignificant. However, for those who are just about to purchase a console, journalists recommend taking this version. We have chosen the main thing from their analysis.

The package and case of the Nintendo Switch remain the same. With the updated device, as expected, all cables and controllers from the original work. However, the old problems, like a not-so-high-quality docking station and an unreliable foot-stand, also did not solve.

Digital Foundry noted that the console is still poorly capturing Wi-Fi – if the signal is not too strong, it may disconnect from the network or not find it at all.

But the Switch screen has changed – as previously reported in the media, Nintendo entered into a deal for the production of displays with Sharp. The quality of the picture remained the same, but there is a difference – on the original device it gives off pale yellow, and on the updated version – pale purple.

But the main difference between the two options of the console is in the “stuffing”, journalists emphasize. The most notable improvement is reduced power consumption and longer battery life.

Depending on the game and what is happening on the screen, Mariko versions need 40-50% less energy than the original. Due to this, the old battery “holds” the charge much longer. In this case, the device heats up in much the same way as the “predecessor”.

Comparison of power consumption of the original and updated Switch

Switch Model HAC-001

  • Battery life (50% screen brightness) – 185 minutes
  • Battery life (100% screen brightness) – 145 minutes
  • Maximum case temperature (portable mode) – 46 ° C
  • Maximum ventilation temperature (portable mode) – 48 ° C
  • The maximum temperature for ventilation (stationary mode) – 54 ° C

Switch Model HAC-001 (-01)

  • Battery life (50% screen brightness) – 302 minutes
  • Battery life (100% screen brightness) – 258.5 minutes
  • Maximum case temperature (portable mode) – 46 ° C
  • Maximum ventilation temperature (portable mode) – 46 ° C
  • The maximum temperature for ventilation (stationary mode) – 50 ° C

Journalists also checked whether the performance of the two versions of the console is different. It turned out that there really is an improvement, but very slight, and sometimes almost imperceptible to the human eye, only a few fps.

DF employees noticed that Switch-Mariko works a little more stable in Mortal Kombat 11 and Zelda: Breath of the Wild. As they suggest, the matter is in the updated RAM.

According to the authors, the owners of Switch should change their old console to a new revision only in the most extreme case – if they desperately need longer battery life.

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