According to Bloomberg, Nintendo could announce an improved version of the Nintendo Switch before the digital expo E3 2021 in two weeks.
Bloomberg reports that Nintendo aims to release the new hardware in September or October, citing various sources, adding that the system will “likely be priced higher” than the current console, which sells for $299.99.
The Nintendo Switch has already outsold the Nintendo 3DS and could eventually overtake the Wii. Although a new Switch would be more expensive, it could coexist with existing Switch models.
Of course, if a new Switch is released, significant games will be released alongside it.
Nintendo is still planning a 2021 launch, according to the Economic Daily News, and has been visiting companies in Taiwan to procure displays for the upcoming console. And new allegations from Dr. Serkan Toto of Kantan Games, a Japanese consultancy group, echo the others, suggesting that a 4K Switch system will be released this year.
The Nintendo Switch 2 would be Nintendo’s chance to improve on an already fantastic device, and it’s quite likely that new hardware is in the works.
The main question is whether it will be a completely new console or merely an update to the 2017 model.
The next console is expected to have 4K graphics, a 7-inch Samsung OLED display, and an improved Nvidia processor.
A new 4K Nintendo Switch upgrade may not appear necessary for individuals who already own a current version of the machine.
Nintendo is likely to release games around the time of the console’s release to persuade people to upgrade. The release date for Pokémon Legends: Arceus is known to be inside the console’s release window.
Even though the Nintendo Switch was first released in 2017, it has undergone several changes since then.
Last fall, the Switch Lite, a more cheap, handheld-only Switch, was released, and it’s been the Switch that’s been the easiest to find in stock online.
Around the same time, the dockable original Switch received a considerable battery life bump.
The updated model is expected to begin delivering as early as July, with a fall release date anticipated.
In short, the shortage of parts and computer chips related to console manufacture is a major roadblock that must be overcome even today. Both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X are having problems.
The debut of the Nintendo Switch so soon after these other consoles have a competitive feel to it. Nintendo, on the other hand, does not compete directly with either corporation.
Phil Spencer’s statements on Microsoft’s competitiveness, ironically, point to more complex console warfare in 2021 and beyond.
Even if a Switch 2 or Switch Pro is on the way, your existing Switch game library is likely to operate.
Nintendo has a history of sustaining its handhelds through successive revisions, with the Nintendo DS/Nintendo 3DS family having supported the same game catalog for almost a decade.
Given the Switch’s popularity, we anticipate Nintendo using a similar approach with its current platform.
If you haven’t yet boarded the Switch train, now is as good a moment as any to do so, as it is unlikely to be replaced very soon.