The Nintendo Switch celebrated its second birthday earlier this month and it continues to be just what Nintendo needed after the disaster that was the Wii U. But if the rumors are to be believed, the Switch is set to receive a hardware refresh this summer.
As The Verge reports, a new report in The Wall Street Journal reveals that Nintendo is planning not one, but two new versions of the Switch hybrid console aimed at the two ends of the market. The first is a cheaper variant, where as the second is thought to include “enhanced features targeted at avid video gamers.”
There’s no details on how Nintendo intends to make the Switch cheaper. The existing model sells for $299 and includes the Switch console, a dock, Joy-Con controllers, Joy-Con Grip, Joy-Con Straps, a HDMI cable, and an AC Adapter. Nintendo may consider removing the Joy-Con Grip from the box, but that’s not going to be much of a saving.
It’s the console that would need to change in order to lower the price considerably. Does that mean we should expect to see a Switch with a smaller display? There’s not much else you could change other than through manufacturing refinement, and the already too small 32GB of storage certainly couldn’t be reduced further.
As for the more expensive variant, apparently it is more than just an increase in performance. Could it be Nintendo is going to increase the display size, the on-board storage, and offer us a higher performance Switch? Doing so would also mean shipping a much larger battery.
With the new Switch models expected to launch this summer, it seems likely we’ll hear all about them at E3 in June. Although, Nintendo may want them available for E3, which would push the announcement forward to sometime in May.
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