The moment of Switch Pro seems to be close, this time really. For years the arrival of a more powerful revision of Nintendo’s hybrid console has been given for sure, but for now the only alternative model is represented by Switch Lite, all focused on portability and which instead of being a superior proposal compared to the original one. instead, it is an economic option.
In recent months, however, the flow of rumors has become really intense, and important publications such as Bloomberg they have unbalanced themselves several times and in a very precise way not only on the imminent arrival of a new Switch, but also on the characteristics it should have. Today another important and reliable newspaper, the Japanese Nikkei, in a report that traces the moves of the Kyoto giant has openly taken sides on this front.
In particular, Nikkei refers to several sources within the industry who allegedly reported Nintendo’s intention to increase Switch production by 2021, with the goal of placing 30 million units on the market, and to bring the total number of consoles sold to 110 million. It is also underlined how a similar increase, now 4 full years after the product launch, is anomalous and therefore in all probability attributable to the arrival of a new, more powerful model:
Nintendo has asked for an increase in production to various managers of the production chain. […] The company is also expected to introduce a more advanced model, with better graphics quality, which would therefore be the first add-on since the launch of Nintendo Switch Lite dated September 2019.
Takashi Mochizuki, journalist of the Wall Street Journal, took up the report on Twitter Nikkei pointing out how the information reported coincides perfectly with that which he had released himself in March. Note that in both cases a generic reference is made to a version with “improved graphics”, but that in this sense the indiscretions reported Bloomberg they had already shown themselves to be much more specific.
Nikkei just published a report which follows mine in March. Nikkei says Nintendo plans to:
-produce about 30 mln units of Switch this FY
-plans upgraded model with better graphicshttps://t.co/wHjKvXEcjR
— Takashi Mochizuki (@6d6f636869) May 2, 2021
Nintendo Switch Pro (or New Nintendo Switch, or whatever the official name will be) should indeed be equipped with a oversized OLED display (7 inch), a new NVIDIA chip (and it is no coincidence that it seems that the production of the Tegra X1 currently used is about to stop) with DLSS support, and also an increased internal memory compared to the current shortage of 32 GB.
E3, which will be held from 12 to 15 June, is almost upon us: we know that by tradition this is the hottest period for videogame announcements, and therefore Nintendo could choose this occasion to drop some important “bombs”, after a long period of lean. And something tells us that the fate of the highly anticipated sequel to Breath of The Wild is closely linked to the launch of Switch Pro, a bit like it happened in 2017 with BOTW and the original model.
We’ll see. But if you are looking for a space to cultivate hype and share hypotheses on this and other burning topics, you don’t have to go far: sign up to the HDBlog Twitch channel, and already tonight from 21:40 we will have the opportunity to talk about it (between a werewolf and a vampire, while we will play the Resident Evil Village demo).