There are two things about the Switch that creative companies outside of Nintendo have been trying to change: the design of the system’s dock and adding in Bluetooth audio functionality. Individual efforts have been made in these areas, but never has there been a project that’s tried to tackle both simultaneously—until now.
A company called YesOJO has taken to Kickstarter to fund a Switch dock that includes a 10W stereo Bluetooth speaker array built into its shell. The goal for this project was $29,976, but $31,280 has already been raised (as of the time of writing) generated from 269 backers (as of the time of writing). There are still nine more days left in the campaign, so the YesOJO team is no doubt smiling from ear-to-ear by now.
Of course, such a design allows the console to not only be charged and connected to a larger display but to also seamlessly continue outputting an audio signal regardless of whether or not the display it’s connected to has any speakers of its own. In cases where speakers aren’t available (such as when using a computer monitor) a device like this would be most beneficial (this is an issue that I personally face).
YesOJO claims their speaker can last up to six hours, which is about double the duration of the Switch’s typical battery life. That’s not bad at all. On the other hand, it will take 3.5 hours to charge the speaker itself. The outside speaker grills can even be swapped out with different color combinations; all of them matching existing Joy-Con colors (minus the gray and dark red options). YesOJO has also gone through the trouble of adding in a cooling fan, which might actually be useful in this situation given that the Switch would be sandwiched between a large device that’s generating heat of its own.
According to the pledge rewards, early shipments are set to begin as soon as later this month, though the number is limited to 4900 units. As for a regular purchase, the speaker should be available later this year for the price of $150.
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.