The Nintendo Switch may not be anywhere near as powerful as a PS4 of Xbox One, but it does pack a lot of performance into a tiny, portable package. Nintendo does a good job of managing heat and throttling the system when necessary, but a new fan aims to help keep your Switch cool this summer.
As Game Watch reports (via Kotaku), Japanese peripherals manufacturer Game Tech is set to launch a new “Gamers Mobile Cooler” on May 21 with Switch owners in mind. It consists of a 72mm-wide fan unit that sticks to the back of a Switch using six small suction cups. The fan requires power, which is supplied via a USB cable plugged into a mobile battery. As a battery isn’t included with the fan, it needs to be purchased separately.
The idea here seems to be to cool the rear casing of the Switch using heat conduction sheets (two are included) in a bid to keep the temperature down inside. It’s unclear how well that’s going to work, but Game Tech believes it can cut temperatures by as much as 13 degrees Celsius.
A fan pulling hot air directly out of the vent on the top of the Switch would be more desirable, but that’s not possible using this design. The fan is also quite bulky and the requirement of a cable and battery make for a much less portable setup. However, if you live somewhere with very hot and humid summers, every little bit of cooling helps.
The Gamers Mobile Cooler has a suggested, but “open” retail price of $37. It’s no doubt going to be lowered once retailers get their hands on stock. Bundles with a mobile battery pack included are inevitable.