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The best thing about Switch so far: I was playing Zelda within a minute

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Switch does what Xbox One, PS4 and PC can’t — let you play a new game immediately.

After booting it up and blasting through the setup screen within a minute, I was already playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Not a “ready to start” mode or watching a promotional video, actually playing the game. There is no installation time, and no downloading a hefty day one patch.

Of course, we knew all of this weeks ago, but I’d forgotten how nice it is to insert a game and start playing the entire thing straight away. Aside from retailer offers and resale value, Xbox One and PS4 don’t offer much incentive to pick a physical copy of a game over the digital version. Instantaneous play is certainly a positive for buying Switch game cards instead of from the eShop.

Switch does have a day one update you should download on March 3, but even that won’t halt your progress. It can download in the background, while you get stuck into Zelda.

Ben is an Australian games writer and pioneer in the use of the term "current-gen" to actually refer to the current-generation of consoles. He joined the Stevivor team in 2016 and has been to E3 five times, but can't really remember any of them. Gamertag / PSN ID: Gryllis.