Nintendo has decided we must wait until next year to learn more about the Switch hybrid games console. The good news is, we don’t have to wait very long into next year before everything about the Switch becomes crystal clear. Nintendo is going to hold a Nintendo Switch Presentation on January 13 in Tokyo, meaning January 12 in the US due to the time difference.It’s a presentation I’m sure many will drop everything to watch. Nintendo intends to confirm all the important details about its next hardware launch. We’ll learn what the spec of the machine is, how much Nintendo expects us to pay for it, and what the line-up of launch games are. Before the presentation is over I’m sure many gamers out there will have already decided on whether a pre-order is warranted.Learn more about Nintendo’s new home gaming system at the Nintendo Switch Presentation, streamed LIVE on Jan. 12 https://t.co/0c7gOJasA2 pic.twitter.com/5aR7MBH2C5— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 27, 2016We can only speculate as to what Nintendo has managed to achieve in a tablet/home console and at what price to the consumer. But we can make some informed guesses at least…We have two price points with which to work. The first is the Wii U, the predecessor to the Switch, which launched in Deluxe form at $350. We also have the Nvidia Shield, the platform on which the Switch is thought to be based on, which launched at $299. Nintendo could choose either of these price points, but even though it doesn’t directly compete with the PS4, Sony’s console costs $299 (500GB model). So if you pushed me to guess I’d say the Switch will be $299.The Switch really needs a strong line-up of launch games. Breath of the Wild really helps, but isn’t enough on its own. If Nintendo can compliment it with that new Mario game we saw running in the introductory trailer then I can see every Switch sale also meaning 2 game sales. And if Nintendo also have a new Mario Kart title available on launch day, then they’ve got the perfect launch line-up. Everything else, first or third party, is just a bonus.I’m not going to take a serious attempt at guessing the spec. Nintendo will certainly want to keep the manufacturing costs to a minimum, so I suspect we’ll see micro SD cards playing a part for storage. The OS is likely based on Android but you won’t know that from using it, and whatever Tegra processor is used will be underclocked significantly away from the dock. As for RAM? You’d hope for 8GB, but I’d be surprised if there was more than 4GB in the tablet.Roll on January so we can finally get the full picture!
Ahh, the great outdoors: the sunrise over the mountains, the sounds of a babbling brook, that claustrophobic feeling when you’re cocooned in a hammock with no escape plan.Troika Outdoors wants to rescue campers from the cramped confines of traditional hanging beds.The Indiana-based startup is crowdfunding its three-point Troika Outdoors Hammock—still far from its all-or-nothing Kickstarter goal of $15,000.Troika“Whether it’s a night out under the stars, a day out by the water, a weekend camping trip, or just some backyard leisure with a good book and good company, the Troika Outdoors Hammock is the perfect piece of any moment,” the project page said.Weighing less than four pounds (with straps), the high-tension sleeper mounts to any three fixed objects within a 30-foot distance. Industrious campers can even stack hammocks on top of each other to create a rainfly or sunshade.“This simple and unique feature creates a ‘roof’ for protection, while still avoiding the claustrophobic sensation of a two-point hammock,” according to Troika.Built-in support rings at each corner make it easy to hang hiking gear and other kit off the ground using any clip, ring, or carabiner. The hammock comes in 13 colors (shades of blue, green, and red; white, orange, yellow, gray, black; even camouflage) and is machine washable.Early-bird buyers can still snag a hammock, three support straps, and mesh travel pack for $84—30 percent off the $119.99 retail value. Troika also offers bundles of two to 12 cots for up to $878.Not everyone is wild about the wild. But if you want to show your support for the company and its mission, a $25 pledge comes with a pair of custom Troika Outdoors wayfarer sunglasses or a T-shirt (and handwritten thank-you card).TroikaAs of press time, 81 backers contributed more than $5,780; the project will only be funded if it reaches its target by April 1.“We are delighted to announce that for EVERY Troika Outdoors Hammock sold, we will have a tree planted in your honor,” the company announced. “We want you to know that we care about our home and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to do our part on a global scale.”