Well, it turns out there might be, with a variety of leaks and rumours emerging hinting towards a new model. Nothing official has been confirmed thus far, but that hasn’t stopped oodles of information from emerging online about two potential Switch consoles coming in 2019 8211; one of which is more powerful, while the other is supposedly suited for younger gamers.
Ahead of E3 2019, Nintendo confirmed it wouldn’t be talking about new hardware during the show, opting instead to focus on upcoming games such as Pokemon Sword and Shield and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, both of which are coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch.
However, a report by the Wall Street Journal released during the world’s biggest gaming show shone a light on what to expect from upcoming Switch hardware. Specifically, it stated that Nintendo is moving console production out of China due to tariff threats from the United States.
Now, we obviously don’t expect Nintendo Switch to compete with the PS5 and Xbox 2, two behemoths that sit ominously on the horizon. Despite this, WSJ claims that the new models will boast enhanced specs. For context, here are the Nintendo Switch specs as we know them today:
- CPU: Four ARM Cortex A57 cores
- GPU: 256 CUDA cores
- Architecture: Nvidia second-generation Maxwell
- Memory: 4GB
- Memory Bandwidth: 25.6GB/s
- VRAM: Shared
- Storage: 32GB
- USB: USB 2.0/3.0
- Video Output: 1080p60
- Display: 6.2-inch IPS LCD, 1280215;720 pixels, 10-point multi-touch support
According to the report, one model will feature a similar form factor to the existing console, but will have more powerful internal components that will, in theory, increase performance and resolution across a range of titles. Here’s hoping it features a fancy OLED screen, too.
The second goes in the other direction, rumoured to have a different perspective and identical (or even lower specs) than the vanilla model in order to lower the price. We can see this being the more accessible and potential entry point for younger players, while the other aimed towards the more mainstream consumer.
WSJ claims that both of the models are now in production, and are set to be released before 2019 comes to a close. If true, this would make them prime candidates for Christmas shopping, as many will undoubtedly be looking for a new console to throw under the tree.
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