Nintendo Switch Owner Reports Console Warping After About 40 Hours In Dock Mode
A Nintendo Switch is reportedly starting to get warped after 40 to 50 hours of playing in dock mode.
According to the owner, it becomes "very hot," speculating that it's likely because of how the console is outputting games to the TV. In this case, the title in question is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Nintendo Switch Dock Mode Flaw?
Posted by Redditor _NSR, the Switch can be seen slightly bent on the side where the vent is located, and it's likely because of too much heat.
"It does get very hot, considering how small the system is and it is outputting breath of the wild for long periods of time on a big screen, it may be too much for it to handle," the user says.
Setting the Switch into dock mode does make it use more processing power, pushing clock speeds to higher levels, which is evidenced by Eurogamer's analysis back in December 2016, months before the console came out.
Incidentally, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in dock mode also taps the Switch's components more than when it's used in handheld mode, pushing out 1080p at 60 fps and 720p at 60 fps respectively.
To put two and two together, that means the user's speculation is not without merit here, of course.
It's also worth mentioning that _NSR does assure everybody that the warping hasn't had any effect on how the Switch is played, but still, it's unsettling to see such an issue turn up.
Nintendo Switch Battery To Blame?
A Redditor suggested that the Switch might have a swollen battery problem, but fortunately, iFixit's teardown shows that the power cell is on the other side of the device, away from the vent. With the recent scare of gadgets suddenly exploding (read: Samsung Galaxy Note 7), this essentially puts the console out of the list of devices that are easily prone to catching fire without warning.
The user continues to point out the cause of the warping could be because of the copper tube.
Other Nintendo Switch Owners Say Otherwise
In the dedicated thread, other Redditors are sharing their experience with the Switch in dock mode, saying that they haven't had a similar problem while clocking in more time than _NSR.
"I've played 150 [hours] of [Breath of the Wild] in exclusively docked mode. My room is also quite warm due to a boiler heating system in my house. My [Switch] has had no problems in any way. You definitely have a faulty system. Send it in for repair with [Nintendo]. They'll send you a new [Switch] and transfer all your data to it," a user says.
To put it differently, the owner may have just gotten the short end of the stick from the supplies of the Switch, getting ahold of a faulty device.
With all said and done, have you noticed something similar to your Switch? If so, feel free to hit us up in the comments section below and let us know.