According to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is planning not one, but two hardware updates to the massively successful Switch.
Rumors of a hardware refresh for the console have been making the rounds for about a year now, but the WSJ report adds a bit more meat to the story as they cite loose lipped hardware manufacturers and developers. Those rapscallions.
If the WSJ report is accurate, both versions of the new switch are slated for release in 2019, with a planned announcement to occur around E3 in June with a release right around the holidays. (COUGH – expect hardware shortages – COUGH)
One version, of the revamped Switch takes a page from Sony’s and Microsoft’s playbooks, and “will have enhanced features targeted at avid videogamers, although it won’t be as powerful as Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 Pro or Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One X.” The second version will be “a cheaper option for casual gamers that Nintendo sees as a successor to its aging hand-held 3DS device.”
If these rumors are accurate, then I will be pleasantly pleased. I have been tinkering with the idea of getting my daughter a Switch for Christmas. When initial rumors first began circulating that a revamped Switch that was cheaper and more portable was in the works, I figured that would be the perfect replacement for my little one’s DS. Now, I can get myself a totally new and upgraded Switch, and give her my old one. Everyone wins!
[Source: Wall Street Journal]