The Orion looks like if Kirby swallowed your Switch

One of my largest complaints about utilizing a Nintendo Switch in handheld mode is that its display is simply too small. And not like earlier Nintendo handhelds like the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance, no firm has been courageous sufficient to launch a straight-up e-book mild and magnifying glass window combo for the Switch.

If you requested me how I’d be, then, in a Switch that had a large 11.6-inch show, I’d rely the times down till I might personal what sounds like a wonderful factor. (Not fairly what I had in thoughts for a Switch Pro, however I assume Nintendo is aware of finest.) Well, that future is right here — and it has apparently been right here for longer than I spotted. An organization referred to as Up-Switch makes the Orion, a glorified Switch dock-meets-screen that may be sandwiched between two Joy-Con controllers.

This $299.99 accent is like if Kirby inhaled your Switch, and the byproduct delivered a much bigger display. The Orion’s again pops open, revealing a slot that opens to suit the console, connecting through the Switch’s USB-C port. It has a kickstand on its rear, together with built-in audio system. The Orion has an HDMI port, which Up-Switch says can be utilized for different gaming consoles or streaming units.

The Orion requires a Switch to change into a much bigger Switch.

I’d have given this gadget some credit score for letting you slap the Joy-Con controllers on the aspect, nevertheless it contains detachable controller grips, which appear all however essential to make it snug to carry up the Orion’s full 1.5-pound weight. Note, nonetheless, that weight would not embody the Switch’s 10.5 ounces, nor does it embody the burden of the moveable energy financial institution that you’re going to have to have strapped to your again if you wish to go cell with this considerably freakish setup. You can ditch the ability financial institution and plug in with the USB-C energy adapter that Nintendo contains with each Switch, nevertheless it defeats the aim of utilizing the Switch in handheld mode if you are not cell.

The Orion made the rounds with a couple of media retailers in late 2021 when it launched a crowdfunding marketing campaign on Indiegogo. I notably loved Nintendo Life‘s intensive protection of it, together with the video evaluation, which pulls no punches in exposing some flaws you’d in any other case solely know by making an attempt it out your self — like that the Orion’s show is 768p decision and that it pales compared to the Switch OLED and the unique Switch’s show. Also, puzzlingly, its twin audio system are positioned on the again of the Orion, aimed away at the one who’s holding it.

Their advice, if you actually, actually wish to stay out some model of this dream that is clearly not meant to be a actuality, is to spend money on a 1080p moveable monitor. As for me, I assume I’ll simply maintain dreaming of what is likely to be to come back within the oft-rumored Switch Pro.

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