Rumour: Nintendo Switch Has 4GB RAM

We know that it will be “a home gaming system first and foremost,” but we won’t have the Nintendo Switch specs to pore over until January’s Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017.

After accurately predicting what the system would entail, trusted rumour-monger Emily Rogers adds to what she has heard by confirming that Nintendo Switch will have 4GB RAM.

“Alright. I have some good news,” Rogers revealed. “I can confirm that Switch has 4GB of RAM in RETAIL units. Not just the dev kits. Double the Wii U’s RAM.”

For comparison’s sake, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have 8GB RAM, although this isn’t entirely made available to games. It’s worth remembering that Nintendo Switch plays heavily on portability when switching to the handheld mode, which is why we shouldn’t expect the specs to be as souped up as the company’s competitors.

Rumours that have swirled around Nintendo Switch this past week include that the Console can be charged with a USB-C cable, has a 6.2″ 720p multi-touch screen, and supports 128GB Micro SDXC cards, as well as that the Dock won’t support external hard drives.

Nintendo Switch will release worldwide in March 2017.

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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  1. The portability has nothing to do with the power level. Stop making excuses without even knowing if the need is there to do so. For all we know this thing could be more powerful than the PS4. I don’t expect it to be, just saying. Also, the PS4 and XB1 both have at least 5-6 GB of RAM available for developers. With recent updates developers have claimed Sony allows for even more RAM to be available.

    Also, it depends on what type of RAM the NS is using. The Tegra chips use LPDDR4 RAM which is designed for low-power consumption. 4GB of that should be okay even if the OS takes up 1GB. It’s very fast and efficient. If it’s DDR3 RAM, 4GB is totally unacceptable.

    PERIOD. For a 9th gen console it should at LEAST be 8GB if it’s DDR3 RAM. My guess is that it will be LPDDR4, but we’ll see.

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