Will nintendo release Switch without the dock?

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The dock is sold for $89 and the switch will be $199 if nintendo decides to release the device only. Will that kill 3DS?
 
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T'hain Esh Kelch

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The dock costs them 2$ to make, so its certainly not going to reduce the console price by 100$ if they sell it without. In fact, it would also remove the whole point of the consoles name.

Not going to happen.
 

Fernandez21

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I could see them make a mini version of the switch that's a pure portable in the future with no dock.
 

gkarris

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The dock is sold for $100 and the switch will be $199 if nintendo decides to release the device only. Will that kill 3DS?
They could very well be for people like me - I don't really use the dock.

They could just sell it with a charge cable as any USB charger will work (you need to use the higher amp ones for faster charging).

Will not kill the 3DS - that's a totally different and well-established platform...
 

laudern

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Geeee, I'm waiting for the reverse. I want just the dock that can just play games and be no way portable.
 

hawkeye_a

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Will not kill the 3DS - that's a totally different and well-established platform...
I think I saw a headline last week which said they ceased production of the 'new' 3DS. I suppose the 'new' 2DS takes its place.
 

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laudern

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Never heard that rumor, but creating a console only Switch system would go against their new console philosophy...
You are totally correct and there is no such rumour. Just a wish of mine. And having a Switch without the dock would also go against the philosophy. But hey, stranger things have happened.
 

hawkeye_a

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They are ending the production of the new 3DS and going forward only with "XL" models...

http://www.digitalspy.com/tech/news/a833182/nintendo-ending-production-new-3ds/

The smaller new 3DS was only available here in the US at special occasions and holidays as a special bundle (with a game pre-installed).
I had my heart set on the smaller 'new 3DS' in white, and was so disappointed that they didnt bring that to N.America. Ended up with a 3DSXL, which I havent used in a very long time. Nice system, except I do not like the screen-door-screens.
 

thadoggfather

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The dock costs them 2$ to make, so its certainly not going to reduce the console price by 100$ if they sell it without. In fact, it would also remove the whole point of the consoles name.

Not going to happen.
Agreed

Where I might buy the idea thats going around that Joycons cost Nintendo a lot to make, and at least starting off even sold for a loss potentially (before scale kicks in),

But the dock, nah. Nearly all of that $90 for people buying a second one, is going straight into Nintendo’s pocket marked as exponential profit.
 

gkarris

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Great video on the future of Nintendo and nVidia.

They speculate that a mere upgrade to the dock (since the main unit has USB-C) and the dock can support 4K or higher framerates/textures (like the PS4 Pro)...

So separating the unit from the dock not only lowers the price, buyers can decide which dock to buy...