The Nintendo Switch has proved a near-unstoppable force in the gaming industry for the past five years, but it may have finally met its match: climate change.
Nintendo is now warning Switch owners not to use the console in temperatures that exceed 35°C (95°F), as high ambient temperatures could cause the console to overheat – at which point it will automatically go to sleep to prevent damage to components.
Of course, the UK and Europe is undergoing a similar hot stretch, and even grey old England is tipped to hit 36°C (97°F) next Tuesday – enough to break Nintendo’s recommended range. Readers elsewhere may be used to ambient temperatures even higher, so Nintendo’s warning should serve as a reminder of best practice wherever you live.
Curiously, we can’t find any warnings about the Switch overheating on either the US or UK support sites, suggesting that this hasn’t been a widespread problem outside of Japan – yet.
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