NINTENDO could be launching a new Nintendo Switch console in 2019 if new reports are to be believed… here’s everything we know so far.
Nintendo could be set to release a new version of the Nintendo Switch in the late half of 2019, if a new report is to be believed.
Nintendo is no stranger to releasing various versions of the same console: look at the Nintendo 3DS for example. It launched with an XL version, a New version, a 2DS version and more besides.
This iterative version of a console may be the future for the company – and it may even mean we see a new version of the Nintendo Switch launch sooner rather than later.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the next version of the Switch may feature an improved LCD screen with the aim of making the next Switch ‘brighter, thinner and more energy efficient’.
“Nintendo is still debating what new hardware and software features to include in the upgrade and weighing the cost of the features, people with knowledge of the discussions said,” notes the article.
Other than targeting the last half of 2019, we don’t know too much else about the planning console at the time of writing… but things that we know Nintendo has said before could shed some more light on the subject.
This comes after Nintendo hinted that we may see more revisions of the Switch hardware.
In April, Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi was at the BAFTA Games Awards 2018 to represent Nintendo and their titles.
Whilst at the event, Takahashi conducted an interview with the BBC.
The usually tight-lipped company let something interesting slip there – directly related to the future of Nintendo hardware.
“Nintendo constantly works on hardware, so we have been doing research and development,” Takahashi explained. “So you may see the new system sometime in the future.”
It looks like Nintendo is already hard at work on new Switch updates – but what form could they take?
There are a series of options.
First of all, we could see the developer/publisher follow the route of the 3DS and release an XL version of the console – something we’ve seen them do with the 3DS before.
Secondly, we could see them go the other route and potentially release a Nintendo Switch Mini: a more dedicated handheld unit than the hybrid Switch in its vanilla form.
We could also just see a revised version of the Switch go on offer – one that doesn’t have some of the issues the current console is known to have (there’s a hackable exploit related to the console’s GPU that could be removed, for example).
We’ve already had hints that Nintendo could be working on a new Switch version.
Embedded in the code of the 5.0 system update, there are references to a new Switch revision (codename Mariko), which suggests a console with 8GB RAM may come to market soon.
If the system doesn’t see a formal release soon, it might even see a better devkit, which hints at a more powerful system coming in the future, at least.
Nintendo likely wants to release an upgraded version of the console because current models have a vulnerability that allows them to be hacked – no matter what firmware the company releases for the machines.
This comes after last year, where Nintendo joked about potential new versions of the Switch coming to market:
“It is Nintendo Switch, so maybe we’ll switch it up!” joked Nintendo Director Shinya Takahashi, when asked about iterative console hardware.
“Certainly, we’ve designed Nintendo Switch in a way that it can be used by consumers in the way that best suits them. I think we may see that people who have bought a Nintendo home console in the past traditionally, they may treat Switch like a home console and buy it and use it for a long period of time.
“Whereas people who have been traditionally Nintendo handheld gamers, they may buy Nintendo Switch and then for example, if a new version were to come out later, then maybe they would decide to upgrade to that.”