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Someone got a Switch two weeks early so let's watch its startup sequence and critique the OS UI

Switch isn't supposed to be in consumer hands yet, but there: what's a hardware launch without a few egregious leaks?

Switch launches March 3 but for whatever reason NeoGAF user hiphoptherobot got their Switch retail pre-order a few weeks early.

Elsewhere in the thread the lucky new Switch owner says multiple times he won't be selling the early Switch unit, tempting as the offers have been, because he doesn't want to risk legal trouble from Nintendo.

Unfortunately the retailer in question apparently managed to stick to game release dates despite failing to lock down the Switch hardware, so all the lucky owner can do is look through menus. This gives us a good look at the user interface of the operating system though, which is nice.

Switch has 32GB of internal memory, but looking at the video above it seems it has about 25.9 GB left after the initial firmware. You'll be able to expand Switch's capacity up to 2TB of storage via memory cards - not that 2TB cards exist yet, unfortunately. Let's all hope you'll be able to hot swap cards without resetting the console, as the Vita requires.

So what do you think of the Switch UI? PS4 and especially Xbox One have refined their UIs since launch, and we can expect Nintendo to iterate on this design as the console ages, too. Start giving your feedback now and kickstart the firmware cycle.

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Brenna Hillier

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Based in Australia and having come from a lengthy career in the Aussie games media, Brenna worked as VG247's remote Deputy Editor for several years, covering news and events from the other side of the planet to the rest of the team. After leaving VG247, Brenna retired from games media and crossed over to development, working as a writer on several video games.
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