Snakebyte's Nintendo Switch accessories beef-up battery-life, boost backseat battles
As a hybrid portable/home console, the Nintendo Switch is perfect fodder for accessories – especially since it has a couple of minor niggles that extra hardware could address. Snakebyte has now announced a new line of add-ons that can help increase battery life, charge the Joy-Con controllers or make it easier to kill time on a road trip.
For what it does, the Switch's battery life isn't too bad – we found it lasts a good three or four hours, but squeezing more playtime out of it on-the-go can only be a good thing. Snakebyte's Power Pack adds a 7,000 mAh battery to the console's internal 4,310 mAh, which could really help if you've got a long-haul flight coming up. As a bonus, the add-on solves another of the Switch's design flaws (namely, the fact that it can't charge while in tabletop mode) by moving the charge port to the side and adding a sturdier kickstand.
Snakebyte has also announced the Starter Kit Pro, which bundles together a few knickknacks to protect the Switch and make it easier to carry everything around. The set comes with a carry bag that can hold up to 12 game cartridges, a tempered glass screen protector, cleaning cloth, ear buds, rubber caps for the control sticks and silicon grips for the Joy-Cons.
In the original reveal trailer, Nintendo showed a couple of people having an intense – if somewhat impractical – Mario Kart session in the back of a car, balancing the Switch precariously on the center console. Snakebyte's new Seat Mount might make that a little easier in future: it attaches to the back of the headrest of the seat in front, holding the screen steady at eye level for a group of backseat battlers.
And finally, the Four Charge can, as its name suggests, charge four Joy-Cons at once. Currently, the base console charges two at a time while they're connected to the Switch itself, but multiplayer-heavy households might find that's not enough. Snakebyte says the device has a tower design and a quick recharge cycle.
The company hasn't given any details on pricing just yet, but the accessories will be on show at E3 this week, and are expected to go on sale in (Northern Hemisphere) Summer 2017.