New Switch on the way?

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http://nintendotoday.com/rumor-future-switch-hardware-refresh-might-have-8-gb-of-ram/

Rumor: future Switch hardware refresh might have 8 GB of RAM


According to reports, Nintendo is considering a hardware refresh for the Switch console. The first indication came from a reference to a new SoC (System on a Chip) that was revealed during the recent firmware update.

A Twitter user analyzed that data and concluded that this is likely a new hardware update Nintendo is working on and that the biggest change will be a RAM upgrade from the current 4 GB to 8 GB.

“5.0.0 included hw bringup for a new SoC called Mariko. nvidia calls it t214 (it’s a fork of tegra X1), it has a custom nintendo bootrom, new key material, new pmic (and new pcb!). however it will probably look identical from outside.”

Nintendo previously hasn’t ruled out hardware upgrades to the Switch to extend its life span.
 

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I thought I saw a story last week or so that said it wouldn't happen this year. I may pick one up if/when they release the Super Switch.
 

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Forget a revision, if they find a way to add online/cloud storage for saves or allow you to save game saves to a memory card, I'm good.
 

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Maybe in 2020 when the other consoles release. They'll have to keep up in power somehow. Meaning it will be almost as powerful as the Pro and X. Almosttt.
 

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If they come out with a real hardware boost (something akin to the Pro/X upgrades), I'd be interested. It's been a little disappointing, seeing how even the docked versions of games struggle to hit 1080p. It doesn't sound like it will be a significant upgrade, though; just an increase in RAM.
 

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I'm really thinking about getting a switch for a few 1st party games but I'm having a hard time with paying $300 for a console I'll never use in portable mode that can't even hit 1080p with the Zelda game. I still may pick one up but if they were to announce a more powerful version it'd make the decision much easier.
 

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System came out just over a year ago. Maybe in fall 2020 when the other players might be releasing PS5 and Scarlett.
 

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"TOKYO— Nintendo Co. NTDOY -2.42% is shifting some production of its Switch videogame console to Southeast Asia from China to limit the impact of possible U.S. tariffs on Chinese-made electronics, said people who work on Nintendo’s supply chain"

https://www.wsj.com/articles/nintendo-moves-some-switch-production-out-of-china-adapting-to-tariff-threat-11560328484?shareToken=stf0fc9817798e40e08b725d3e0fb12bf9

The Wall Street Journal reported in March that Nintendo planned to update the Switch this year with two new models. One is set to look similar to the current model with beefed-up components, while the other is expected to be a less-expensive model with a new look.

People involved in the supply chain said production in Southeast Asia has started for the Switch, including the current type and the two new models, suggesting Nintendo is getting ready to introduce them soon. They didn’t give specific volume figures but said Nintendo wanted to have enough units to sell in the U.S., the largest market for videogame consoles, when the new products go on the market.
 

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I'll buy the new one and give the OG Switch away to my nephews. They got it all cracked and s*** anyway from dropping it all the time. The casing, not the screen.
 

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switch mini rumors

“latest rumor from NS Baidu Tieba in China
source : https://tieba.baidu.com/p/6104552937?lp=5028&mo_device=1&is_jingpost=0

- a little bit longer than PSV
- multiple colors
- no change in CPU
- GPU locked at 384MHz (current is 307 and 768 ?)
- no dock
mode (of course)
- available to plug in the dock for charging
- likely to have same battery life“

(Stolen from mancityx)
Hmm, could they finally kill off the DS with this? Would suck if the controllers are fixed, cos how would you play BoTW’s dungeons but I guess you could turn that off when docked, already.
 

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Hmm, could they finally kill off the DS with this? Would suck if the controllers are fixed, cos how would you play BoTW’s dungeons but I guess you could turn that off when docked, already.
That is the people they are aiming for.
I wasn't for this model BUT if it's small enough I might bite as the Switch is way 2 big to be taken on the go.
 

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I was hoping for the other rumour to be true,the Switch Pro or whatever,before finally getting a Switch but looks like its not happening...Astral Chain,amongst others might make me finally get one...
 

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"In Thursday’s AGM, Furukawa was also asked about the multitude of media reports regarding the potential release of redesigned Nintendo Switch hardware.
The president acknowledged the reports and said that in general, the company always has new hardware in development.
“We acknowledge that there have been reports [about this]. Answering to rumours and speculations would end up stealing surprises from our customers and also be unprofitable to all of our shareholders, so we have no answer to that.
“As a general theory, we are always performing development of new hardware.”

https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/nintendo-considering-extending-switch-online-library-beyond-nes/