In letter : A Washington-based startup recently secured funding for a bulky Nintendo Switch accessory that increases handheld screen size by 188%. Orion from UpSwitch is basically a portable monitor / docking station for the Switch with an 11.6-inch screen. It connects to standard IPS and OLED switch models via HDMI and has slots on the sides to lock your Joy-Con controllers in place.
Orion Also includes built-in stereo speakers that promise to enhance your audio experience, a built-in kickstand, headphone jack, and USB-C port so you can charge while you play. Using a set of Velcro straps, you can also attach a battery to the back of the device for extra power on the go.
In a discussion thread for the accessory, UpSwitch notes that Orion weighs 1.6 pounds without a battery. We are also told that the screen is IPS and defaults to 720p “but is able to accurately simulate 1080p resolution”.
Although advertised as a Switch accessory, Orion can be used as a portable monitor for any device with an HDMI connection.
Longtime Nintendo fans may remember a similar accessory for the original Game Boy. The Handy Boy was an all-in-one accessory with a screen magnifier, powered speakers, and a joystick / button.
Orion has already met his fundraising target on Indiegogo. At $ 249, that’s $ 50 more than a standalone Nintendo Switch Lite or $ 50 cheaper than a basic Switch. Instead of a Switch Pro, is this the next best alternative?