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Let's take a closer look at the Grip.
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To play the Switch on your TV, you have to use a dock. We're guessing that's what's in here.
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Yep. It's the dock. The tablet slides right into this thing, which has an HDMI output and a USB port. You can just leave this in your entertainment center and bring the tablet along with you whenever you'd like, and then easily recombine the two when you get home. It also works as a charger for the tablet, although you can plug that directly into a power outlet, too.
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Here's a closer look at the Joy-Con controllers. They're certainly small and light.
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The tablet is the heart of the Switch. It's not just a secondary screen, like the Wii U's Gamepad, but literally the console itself. Here's where all the technology needed to run the new Zelda and next Mario rests.
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And here's what it looks like from behind.
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When the Joy-Cons are snapped onto the tablet, you have a fully functional portable console ready to take with you anywhere you go. It might look like it would awkward, but we've played the new Zelda in this configuration for hours, and it's felt pretty comfortable and natural the entire time. If you're used to playing the 3DS or the Vita, and also have experience with an iPad or other tablet, the Switch probably won't feel awkward at all.
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Here's what the Switch looks like when it's docked and attached to a TV.
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The back of the dock snaps open, letting you plug the HDMI cable and AC adapter into place. There's a USB port inside this compartment, along with two more on the exterior of the dock.
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The Joy-Cons slide easily into the Grip, snapping into place to form a more traditional videogame controller.
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And that's what you'll be bringing into your home whenever you pick up a Switch, whether it's next week or at some point in the future.
Paste will have more on the Switch and its launch games next week.