One of my biggest complaints about using the Nintendo Switch in handheld mode is that the screen is too small. And unlike previous Nintendo handhelds like the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance, no company has been brave enough to release a straight-up booklight and magnifying glass window combo for the Switch.
When someone asks me how interested I am in a Switch with its large 11.6-inch display, I count down the days until I can own something that looks great. (Not quite what I had in mind for the Switch Pro, but I think Nintendo knows best.) Well, that future is here — and it’s been here longer than I thought. A company called Up-Switch makes Orion. It’s a glorious Switch dock meet screen that can be sandwiched between two Joy-Con controllers.
This $299.99 accessory is like Kirby sucking your Switch, and the byproduct is a bigger screen. Orion’s back opens to reveal a slot that opens to fit the console and connects via his USB-C port on the Switch. There is a kickstand on the back and a built-in speaker. The Orion has an HDMI port, which Up-Switch says can be used for other game consoles and streaming devices.
Thanks to this gadget, you can now slap your Joy-Con controllers on the side, but it includes a detachable controller grip. Note, however, that the weight does not include the switch’s 10.5 ounces. It also doesn’t include the weight of a portable power bank that needs to be strapped to the back if you want to go mobile with this somewhat unusual setup.You are can Ditch the power bank and plug it in with the USB-C power adapter that Nintendo ships with every Switch, but if it’s not mobile, it defeats the purpose of using the Switch in handheld mode.
Orion made the rounds in several media outlets when it launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in late 2021.it was especially fun Nintendo LifeAbout it, including a no-punch video review that reveals some imperfections you’ll have to try for yourself, such as the Orion’s display resolution being 768p, which pales in comparison to the Switch OLED. Extensive coverage. When Original switch display. Also, inexplicably, its dual speakers are on the back of the Orion, pointing towards the person holding it.
Their recommendation is that if you really want to live some version of this dream, although it’s clearly not meant to be a reality, invest in a 1080p portable monitor. For my part, I’ll keep dreaming about what happens with the much-rumoured Switch Pro.