Many of you out there may have finally pulled the trigger on picking up a NIntendo Switch for the holiday season last year. Maybe you decided to score a sweet deal on the older model, or maybe you splurged and got the new battery model like I did. Well, the rumor mill is churning once again and there may be another new NIntendo Switch enterining production in the next few months.
Digitimes reports that the Japanese hardware and software developer will be releasing a new Nintendo Switch sometime in mid-2020 with manufacturing set to begin before the end of the first quarter. That's the basics, but there are several deeper questions that require consideration.
What Might We See from a New Nintendo Switch?
There are essentially three possibilities for this rumored new Nintendo Switch:
- Some kind of upgraded standard model, similar to the HAC-001(-01) that extended battery life by a couple of hours.
- A "Switch 2.0" that is akin to a next-gen console with its own brand-new ecosystem.
- A hybrid Switch that can play both "old" Switch games and "new" Switch games with backward compatibility.
One analyst believes that they have the answer. According to their predictions, this new Switch will have bigger cartridges, support 4K gaming, and cost $399 as noted by GamesRadar. Presumably, Nintendo would preserve backward compatibility with a multi-function cartridge slot or some kind of adapter.
It does bear mentioning that previous predictions of a "Nintendo Switch Pro" or something similar didn't exactly work out as planned. In a sense, the exact opposite happened with the debut of the Nintendo Switch Lite. The mainline console did get an upgraded version, but the major highlight of that shiny new Switch was the fact that it had a longer battery life — a far cry from 4K gaming.
Whether we get a new Nintendo Switch, yet another upgrade, or something else entirely is something we probably won't hear about for a few months at most. That is, unless, Nintendo decides to blow the doors off this year's CES with a surprise announcement.
Do you think there will be some kind of new Nintendo Switch or are these rumors a bunch of malarkey? What would you want to see from an upgraded console? Let us know in the comments below!