Not one but two new Nintendo Switch hardware revisions are coming our way, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Nintendo is looking to keep the momentum going after the blistering start the Switch has had since its launch in March 2017, and two new SKUs appears to be crucial to this.
According to WSJ’s Takashi Mochizuki, there are plans for a premium, more powerful Nintendo Switch, as well as a cheaper option for “casual gamers”. Mochizuki reinforces that the premium Nintendo Switch won’t be as powerful as either the PS4 Pro or the Xbox One X, although this does indicate it may be comparably powerful to the base consoles.
His sources are parts supplies who allegedly already have access to prototypes of these consoles. According to these same sources, the cheaper Switch could cut a few corners to drive down costs, including being a handheld revision with no HD Rumble control vibration, detachable Joycons, and other features.
However, “You would be wrong to think the enhanced version is similar to what Sony did with PS4 Pro and the other is just a cheap alternative that looks very similar to some past hand-held machines, say, Sony’s PlayStation Vita," said Mochizuki. They're "different from the original and you'd be surprised."
Which, er, leaves us none the wiser. The obvious thing for Nintendo to do would be to sling together a cheaper, $150-200 version of the console, as well as providing a premium version with higher resolution support and longer battery life. Those two aspects don’t exactly go hand in hand though, and there is even the possibility Nintendo opts for a home console-only version of the Switch with faster internals.
Drastic improvements seem like they’ll be off the table though. Essentially, these are surely going to be the same consoles, albeit while incorporating a few new features and ways to play.
Mochizuki claims these new consoles could launch as early as this summer, so a reveal on or around E3 2019 seems like a safe bet.
What do you think Nintendo’s cooking up behind the scenes? Would you like to see the Big N go the high-performance route?