Switch As A Portable Only Device

Discussion in 'Switch - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by Onsonj, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. Onsonj
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    Was just curious if I was the only person that uses their Switch as a portable only device. I haven't even taken the dock out of the box. Between my wife and kids I never get any tv time, so I have been typically in my recliner kicked back playing in Tablet mode.
     
  2. yardie

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    same here
    im always on the go so ive only used it on the tv once
     
  3. xile6

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    nah, i use it as its suppose to lol...

    I dock and play it like that for a while. Then the next day i wanted to play zelda but didnt want to turn on the tv and wake my wife and son. So just play it in handheld and then when they woke up i dock it and continued on the tv.

    Now bomberman I have not play it on the tv yet, only in handheld mode.

    But i have yet to take the switch outside the room lol.
     
  4. enigma85

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    nope. I got the dock hooked up and put my switch in to see what it looked like on the tv and was like cool, then immediately took it out to play it as a tablet. I'm more of a handheld guy anyways, so I will hardly ever use the TV.
     
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    How's the battery life on the device?
     
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    But it is a portable device that happens to include a TV adapter as an extra.
    But you know, like all those free extras, it makes no sense.
     
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    When I'm home, I play it on my tv but if I'm going to the toilet, I'll remove the joy cons from the tablet, set the tablet where is it safe to place it and play it so on the way xD
     
  8. thorasgar

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    Any of you portable only users want to unload that useless dock they included in the box PM me I will give you $25 for it without the charger, $50 with the charger.
     
  9. Onsonj
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    I get about 3 hours playing Zelda, don't have any of the other games to compare. A lot lower than the 3DS obviously but I only typically get an hour at a time at the most to play.
     
  10. Nemix77

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    I bought the Switch primarily as a portable console and it's been doing great as that (can play literally anywhere)...very comfortable with no hand or fingers cramps in reasonable gaming sessions (2 - 3 hours maximum), I get more shoulder fatigue than anything.

    But I've been using it a lot on my monitor lately with the Joy Con grip and that's without a Pro Controller or bigger gaming monitor both of which I intend to get now that I find myself really enjoying console mode on the Switch (still won't take away anything from the portability of handheld mode).

    It truly is a "Hybrid" console just as long as you're not expecting the latest cutting edge in graphics technology and I guess not playing on a too big TV which a lot of Wii owners did (27" 1080p gaming monitor is maximum for me before I start seeing low texture details up close).
     
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    i'm the opposite dock only :P
     
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    I think they should sell a "without dock" version for 250 or 230
    and then remove the joycon holder so you just get the switch and joycon for 200
     
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    They will, it's just a matter of time when 3DS hardware and software sales starts dying out.
     
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    the whole ds line is like the phoenix, when people say it's dead it just rises from the ashes! 3DS FOR LIFE!
     
  15. TeamScriptKiddies

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    When the time comes that I can actually afford a switch (lol), as a busy college student, I will likely be using it on the go a lot, although I'll always prefer sitting down in front of the tv to play, been a console gamer since age 3. I have nothing against handheld gaming, just not my preference, but seeing as I'm always on the go, I'll welcome that aspect of the switch with open arms. I barely have time to play my Wii U and other plethora of retro consoles as it is now, the switch would allow for a lot more time to play. As long as it doesn't get in the way of my studying/homework that is haha. I have ADD/ADHD (term is interchangeable these days, some people have hyperactivity, some do not, but its the same condition) so if it starts cutting too much into my studies, I'll have to put the whole thing away until summer etc lol.