Hybrid is a word that is being thrown around a lot lately – mostly for cars to promote their eco-friendly nature, but it appears that the trend is catching on and being spread across a multitude of other tech advancements. The brand new Nintendo Switch was announced just a few weeks ago and it is being described as the world’s first hybrid console. But what does that mean?
The Switch is expected to hit the shelves on March 3rd, although it is already available for pre-order with a price tag of £279.99. This is seemingly steep for a handheld device, especially comparing it to Nintendo’s past devices such as the 3DS and the 3DS XL released in 2011, but the Switch is much, much more than that.
With the Switch, gamers will be able to carry it around where they please and use it as a simple hand held device – slotting in the cartridge and diving into their preferred game, but it’s also fully convertible to a console. The innovation is in the two controller wings, which are fully detachable and can be hooked together to create a single controller. The screen can then be balanced on a surface, or fitted into a dock that connects to a television screen, simulating your classic console experience. That’s no lie.
A lot of the hype around the Switch will be made by these accessories, and Nintendo are taking full advantage of that. Buying a secondary set of controllers will cost about £70, and a secondary dock will be around the same price, enabling the switch to be readily attachable to more than one TV screen. All in all, the £279.99 is actually only a base price, which will easily shoot up by a couple hundred pounds.
Although the Switch will truly be a hybrid gaming experience, allowing players to be fully immersed whenever and wherever they may be, right now it seems that only the die-hard Nintendo fans will be running after it on the release date. Whether it will set a new standard for home gaming, or meet the same unfortunate fate the Wii U did is for the future to tell.
If you’re feeling a little more miserable today than you usually would on a Monday, there’s an explanation for it. The third Monday of every year has claimed a title for itself, after Cardiff University’s Dr. Cliff Arnall worked out an equation based on weather, motivation levels, failure to follow through with new year’s resolutions, and other factors that tend bring people down. The result was blue Monday, and you’re living through it today.
Although scientists have pushed the idea of Blue Monday aside as pseudoscience, people continue to talk about it. We can all agree that January definitely isn't one of the happier months of the year, so here are our top five easy tips to make your day a little better.
1. Have a Cheeky Cheat Treat.
If you're trying to cut down on the calories, more power to you! However - today you're excused, so use it and make yourself feel a little better by reaching for that chocolate bar you told yourself you wouldn't touch... and another, and another...
2. Compliment Someone
This one's a bonus because it works both ways. You should be doing it everyday - but if you find yourself thinking "his haircut looks nice", or "she looks great in that shirt", don't be scared to say it out loud. You'll put a smile on someone's face, and you'll walk away feeling good about yourself too. Try it!
3. Smile if You Make Eye Contact
Do you ever catch yourself gazing directly at someone without noticing? Don't lie, I see you staring. Why not try to smile at them. Smiling releases endorphins, and they're responsible for feelings of euphoria, which in turn boosts your happiness. Turn that frown upside down, just don't be awkward about it.
4. Book a Spontaneous Holiday
It may not be in everyone's reach, but your paid holidays have just been renewed for the year, so don't be scared to use them, it'll give you something to look forward to! We're all a bit short on cash in January, but a flight to Italy can be as cheap as £9.99 - and you know you've spent more than that on a night out.
5. Listen to the Right Music
Lastly, it may seem like a good idea to listen to sad songs when you're feeling a little under the weather, but don't do it because it will only worsen your mood. Instead, listen to songs that are more upbeat. You'll see they help, and if you feel like getting up and dancing, go for it!