Orion appears like if Kirby swallowed your Swap

One of my biggest complaints when using the Nintendo Switch in handheld mode is that its screen is too small. And unlike previous Nintendo handhelds like Game Boy and Game Boy AdvanceNo company has yet had the guts to launch a combo of a straight book light and a magnifying glass window for the Switch.

If you ask me how excited I am, with a Switch with a large 11.6-inch screen, I will count down the days until I can own what sounds like a glorious thing. . (Not quite what I think of the Switch Pro, but I guess Nintendo knows best.) Well, the future is here – and it’s clearly been here longer than I realised. A company called Up-Switch manufactures Oriona glorified Switch dock-responsive display that can be sandwiched between two Joy-Con controllers.

This $299.99 accessory is like if Kirby inhales your Switch, and the by-product brings a larger screen. The back of the Orion opens up, revealing a slot that opens to fit the console, which connects via the Switch’s USB-C port. It has a kickstand at the back, along with built-in speakers. The Orion has an HDMI port, which Up-Switch says can be used for game consoles or other streaming devices.

Up-Switch Orion

Orion requires a Switch to become a larger Switch.

I’ll give this gadget some credit for letting you slap the Joy-Con controller on the side, but it includes a detachable control handle, which seems all but necessary to make it comfortably holds the Orion’s full 1.5 pounds. Note, however, that that weight doesn’t include the Switch’s 10.5 ounces, nor does it include the weight of the portable power bank, which you’ll need to strap on your back if you want to move around with the somewhat cluttered setup. this strange. Friend maybe Eliminate power redundancy and plug in with the USB-C power adapter that Nintendo includes with every Switch, but it defeats the purpose of using the Switch in handheld mode if you’re no longer mobile.

Orion had some media success in late 2021 when it launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. I especially like Nintendo Lifewide coverage among them, including video reviewsthis has no flaw in revealing some flaws that you can only tell by trying it yourself – like the Orion’s screen has a 768p resolution and it pales in comparison to the Switch OLED and screen of the original Switch. Also, confusingly, its dual speakers are placed on the back of the Orion, aimed at the person holding it.

Their recommendation, if you really, really want to relive some version of this dream which is clearly not meant to come true, is to invest in a 1080p portable monitor. As for me, I guess I’ll just keep dreaming about what might happen in the rumored Switch Pro.

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