A hot rumor right now is that Nintendo is working on two new Nintendo Switch revisions for later this year; one designed to be more portable, the other more powerful. But a new report suggests that the more powerful revision may have been delayed due to technical issues.
Japanese business journal Nikkei has a new report on Nintendo's plans for the Nintendo Switch with new details on future models. USG independently translated the report, which claims that a "next-generation" model of the Switch, different from a planned "inexpensive version," has been postponed. The reason appears to specifically be with getting the Nintendo Switch operating system running on this new hardware and an issue with power consumption.
It's not clear based on the wording of the article whether this postponed model is the rumored Switch "Pro" or a complete hardware sequel, like a Nintendo Switch 2. What is reported, however, is that there is indeed more powerful Switch hardware in development, and Nintendo has encountered technical difficulties with it.
Furthermore, the report has details about an "inexpensive version" of the Nintendo Switch, which backs up earlier reportsfrom the Wall Street Journal that Nintendo is working on a slimmer, more portable, and possibly cheaper version of the Nintendo Switch.
Nikkei refers to this as a "small bargain version of its main game console 'Nintendo Switch,'" and says it's releasing this fall. While it's reportedly designed for portable outdoor use, the report also suggests that it will be dockable and playable on the TV. This goes against earlier rumors that suggested the smaller Switch would do away with the TV component of the current Nintendo Switch model.
It's been two years since the Nintendo Switch was released in March 2017, and Nintendo has had great success with the console. But with a new generation of PlayStation and Xbox consoles on the horizon, it seems Nintendo is also aiming to refresh its hardware line. The latest reports seem to indicate that Nintendo's plans go further than simply a Switch "Lite" and Switch "Pro," however. Thanks, Nikkei.
The news was first revealed by Nintendo Japan’s Twitter account which points back to a listing on Nintendo’s Japanese homepage. While details regarding what Nintendo specifically changed for this new Switch model are somewhat sparse, if Nintendo’s recent FCC filing is any indication, this new version could include an updated version of Nvidia’s Tegra X1 chip, new flash memory modules, and a revamped circuit board.
Either way, it seems these new components have had a positive influence on the Switch’s battery life. On Nintendo’s Japanese website, the company claims that the refreshed Switch can now last between 4.5 to 9 hours on a single charge, up from 2.5 to 6.5 hours for the original Switch.