Nintendo: Docked and undocked play time for Switch is “about even”

Enlarge / About 50 percent of total Switch playtime comes from docked, TV-connected play, Nintendo says.

Since the Switch was first unveiled in late 2016, it's been pitched as a "best of both worlds" way to enjoy portable and TV-connected gaming in a single console unit. Nintendo now tells Ars Technica that users are taking advantage of both of those play modes in roughly equal measure.

In a recent interview with Ars, Nintendo Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing Doug Bowser (yes, really) said the play time split between docked and undocked play on the Switch is "about even—about 50 percent in the dock and 50 percent away from the dock." That latter includes both tabletop play and fully handheld play; Bowser said the company doesn't currently monitor which "undocked" mode a player is using at any given time.

While overall play time for docked and undocked play is relatively balanced, the usage rates can vary by individual game, Bowser said. Titles like Just Dance are played mostly in docked mode, while games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are more equally balanced.

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