Feb 15th, 2017 publishUpdated   Apr 19th, 2017, 12:31 pm

A post has gone live on Reddit that seems to showcase some in-development screenshots of the Nintendo Switch UI, along with some information that was pulled in development manuals. The curious thing about these manuals is that they still refer to the console as the NX, so this is information that was out before the final name was chosen.

Alongside these images of what appear to be the development of the UI, some technical details about the Nintendo Switch were also leaked.

  • HD Rumble’s technical name is a Linear resonant actuator
  • When in handheld mode, the Switch will have an unlock screen like a smartphone to prevent accidental waking.
  • The Switch features a Quick Menu. Press and hold the HOME Button for at least one second to display the Quick Settings screen on top of all other screens, including the HOME Menu and any applications. Unlike the 3DS, the active software will not be suspended when this menu is invoked
  • The Switch’s keyboard will feature predictive text such as those on iOS and Android
  • System Settings will allow the user to edit the following settings:
    • Flight Mode Toggle
    • Enable/Disable Bluetooth
    • Manage Wi-fi
    • Manage NFC
    • Manage screen brightness
    • Screen lock
    • User Settings
    • Create/Edit Mii
    • Theme management
    • Controller management
    • System Update
  • Miis will have more options for hair, eyebrows, eyes, facial hair, glasses, mouths, and skin.
  • Miis will not store the creator’s name, their favorites, and their birthday anymore. Anyone can edit Mii characters
  • Developers can create and sell Season Passes for their games
  • This document confirms an X1 like SoC using Maxwell on the final retail version
  • There are NO plans to provide an Internet Browser at this stage but developers are able to access a web applet to display specific websites within their game/app
  • A maximum of 8 users can be registered on a system
  • Friend requests and game invites CAN be sent from the console.
    • “Friend Presence is a feature that uses the Internet to convey information in real time about the online status of friends and the applications they are playing. Among possibilities, we see this being used in the application to check whether friends are in the joinable state, and to use the Friend List system feature screen to show what applications friends are playing.”
  • A Nintendo Account can be linked to multiple Switches BUT save data is not automatically synchronised
  • There are TWO dev kit devices: SDEV and EDEV
    • SDEV – Has built-in ports; no built-in battery
    • EDEV – Resembles the retail product exactly but is black color
  • Game cards come in 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB variations.

What do you think of this leak? The shots are fully of dummy text, but the UI matches too closely to what we’ve seen in Switch presentations in the past to be a fake. The additional documents released alongside the UI shots seem to suggest that this is real information taken from an earlier verison of the Nintendo Switch, back when the released dev kits may have been given out under the name Nintendo NX.

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