Steel Yourself For This Nintendo Switch Drop Test
Find out what happens when screen meets concrete.
Anyone interested in picking up the Nintendo Switch will doubtless be curious as to how well the system will hold up through the litany of dangers facing all portable consoles. It's sort of a thin, long, and surprisingly flexibile unit, so most would be forgiven for thinking the Switch might splinter into pieces the first time it meets pavement. In the interest of science, the folks over at GizmoSlip decided to perform a drop test on the device, and as it turns out, the Switch's literal flexibility is a tremendous asset.
The above video is pretty cringe-inducing for a number of reasons, not the least of which was hearing Link being referred to as Zelda. No, it's hard to watch because of the deliberately-destructive nature of the test — the Nintendo Switch is repeatedly dropped, often from the worst possible angles, and after each drop the narrator points to how each drop has further damaged the console. Slow-motion shots capture all of the graunching impacts, and each crack, scratch, and nick are discovered and enumerated for the viewer.
In the Switch's defense, it didn't actually seem to show any major damage until the fifth drop, when the left Joy-Con controller became partially separated from the main Switch housing. From there, things got progressively worse, with the left Joy-Con's joystick eventually malfunctioning. The Switch was dropped a total of eleven times, four of which being face-down drops, before it eventually shut itself down. Whether or not the Switch survived its last fall was not revealed, but the screen itself didn't break, nor did either Joy-Con completely detach.
It's hard to watch such a shiny, new device being treated so poorly, but it's all for the greater good. Switch owners can rest easier knowing their device will more than likely survive the occasional drop, provided it doesn't happen too often.