The Nintendo Switch features a capture button that will only take screenshots when the console launches, the company revealed during a press event in Tokyo.
However, this doesn’t mean that Nintendo is foregoing the option of letting consumers record video footage of their games. For reasons unknown, Nintendo Switch will initially only allow consumers to take screenshots with the capture button. The same button will eventually be able to capture video as well. No time frame was mentioned for the video aspect, but the company did promise that the feature will be available “in the future”.
The Nintendo Switch presentation further revealed that the capture button is directly integrated with social media platforms. Owners of the upcoming hybrid console can capture content and share immediately with their friends on different social media platforms.
The capture feature is located on the left Joy-Con controller as a small minimalist square button with a circle on it, below the directional buttons. The button brings the Switch (almost) in line with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, both of which continuously record gameplay footage and, on command, can generate clips of the past few minutes. Nintendo is likely to fill the gap by introducing a similar recording functionality.
The upcoming hybrid console will cost $299.99 in North America, $399.99 in Canada, and $469.99 in Australia. In France and Italy, the price tag will be €349.99 and €329.99 respectively. As for the United Kingdom, Nintendo Switch will hit shelves for £279.99. Finally, it will carry a price tag of ¥29,980 in Japan. Consumers residing in territories not mentioned must contact their nearest retailer for a quote.
Nintendo Switch is confirmed for an official launch on March 3. It will be available in two bundles. Consumers have the option of picking from either the standard gray Joy-Con controllers or the other with neon red and blue Joy-Con theme. For more details on what else will be packed in each bundle, head here.