One of my biggest complaints about using the Nintendo Switch in handheld mode is that its screen is too small. And unlike previous Nintendo handhelds like the game boy Y GameBoy Advanceno company has been brave enough to release a book light and magnifier window combo for the Switch.
If you were to ask me how interested I’d be, then in a Switch that had a huge 11.6-inch screen, I’d be counting down the days until I could have what sounds like something glorious. (Not exactly what I had in mind for a Switch Pro, but I guess Nintendo knows better.) Well, that future is here, and apparently it’s been here longer than I thought. A company called Up-Switch makes the Oriona glorified Switch meets screen that can be sandwiched between two Joy-Con controllers.
This $299.99 accessory is like if kirby inhaled your switch, and the byproduct delivered a larger screen. The back of the Orion opens up, revealing a slot that opens to fit the console, connecting through the Switch’s USB-C port. It has a kickstand at the rear, along with built-in speakers. The Orion has an HDMI port, which Up-Switch says can be used for other game consoles or streaming devices.
I would have given this device some credit for letting you slap the Joy-Con controls on the side, but it includes removable control grips, which seem almost necessary to make it comfortable to hold the Orion’s full 1.5-pound weight. Note, though, that the weight doesn’t include the Switch’s 10.5 ounces, nor does it include the weight of the portable power bank you’ll need to have strapped to your back if you want to move around with this somewhat odd setup. You they can ditch the power bank and connect with the USB-C power adapter that Nintendo includes with every Switch, but it defeats the purpose of using the Switch in handheld mode if you’re no longer mobile.
The Orion made the rounds with some media outlets in late 2021 when it launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. I particularly enjoyed nintendo lifelarge coverage of her, including video reviewthat doesn’t mince words by exposing some flaws you’d otherwise only know about by trying it yourself, like the Orion’s display is 768p resolution and pales in comparison to the Switch OLED Y the original Switch screen. Also, interestingly enough, its dual speakers are located on the back of the Orion, pointing towards the person holding it.
His recommendation, if you really want to live some version of this dream that is clearly not meant to be a reality, is to invest in a portable 1080p monitor. As for me I guess I’ll keep dreaming of what might come in the oft-rumoured Switch Pro..