Watch A Complete Nintendo Switch Teardown
Curious to know what the Switch's guts look like? Wonder no more.
The Nintendo Switch released just three days ago, and while plenty of gaming fans are perfectly happy pushing buttons and twirling joysticks, others can't help but want to get a look at all of the fancy gadgetry inside the hybrid console. Naturally, most people aren't going to grab a screwdriver and dive right in; Nintendo consoles are notoriously tricky to take apart, to say nothing of getting them back together in working order. Fortunately, the team over at iFixit has a technician who is bold enough tear down the Switch, and they've taken video of the whole process so that us everyday folk can satisfy our technolust without destroying our newest toy.
The Nintendo Switch teardown video is certainly illuminating, but perhaps not surprising: the Switch is, after all, made from fairly common components typically seen in mobile phones and tablets. The main unit naturally houses a Micro SD card reader, 4310 mAh battery, cooling fan, cartidge reader, and a wide assortment of screws and ribbon cables. The JoyCon controllers are much more simple, housing basic 525 mAh batteries powering a circuit board containing not much more than a Bluetooth transceiver and what appears to be an NFC reader chip. The dock is incredibly simple, too, with tiny screws far outnumbering the unit's admittedly-few electronic components.
Now that you've seen the Switch broken down into its basic components, head on over to our Nintendo Switch guide to learn about all of the games available as well as tips and tricks for getting the most out of the console.