You know, we really don’t know a lot about Nintendo’s next game console. We know it has NVIDIA graphics and that it can convert from a traditional TV set-up to a more portable one. That’s about all we know for sure. We just need more info and it is slow in coming.
Well, now a new filing at the FCC has added one more piece of info. We now know that the device will probably ship with a non-removable battery. Yikes.
This is important because it could make a difference for those who are concerned about the console’s battery life. Remember when the Wii U gamepad was criticized for dying too soon? In that case Nintendo was able to release an easy to install high-capacity battery pack with runtime up to 8 hours. That isn’t possible with the Switch. You will be stuck with however much battery life Nintendo’s next game console has at launch. Maybe.
Because the FCC reviewed a production prototype designed to be equivalent to a mass-produced model, so it’s possible that Nintendo could tweak the final product to include a removable battery. I doubt it, but that could happen. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of room for things like a removable battery on the console. It is nice to learn something new about the Switch even if it is likely not great news. It’s something.