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The Switch Lite arrived in 2019. What comes following?


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The Nintendo Switch has been a runaway success, specifically after a 2020 that will had us all close in at home actively playing Animal Crossing. The question right now is… what comes following? Signs point out a new, 7-inch OLED model along with possible 4K gaming whenever docked coming later this particular year. It can also possess a brand-new Nvidia processor chip that’s capable of 4K Nintendo gaming for the particular first time.

Does that will mean a Switch two is coming later this season? It sure seems such as it. Maybe it’ll become called the Switch two. Or a Switch Pro. New Nintendo Switch. Super Nintendo Switch. Super Nintendo Switch XL. Call it whatever you desire, but it’s time for brand spanking new Nintendo hardware to arise. It’s looking increasingly probably that that long-rumored “Switch Pro” can happen in 2021.

The Nintendo Switch debuted four years back; the less expensive Switch Lite arrived 2 yrs ago. Meanwhile, the Xbox Series X plus PlayStation 5 have currently arrived: Sony and Microsoft are in next-gen gaming console land. A recent Nintendo rundown of upcoming Switch games had no information on new Switch equipment and felt light upon big-name new games. 




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Nintendo, as always, is definitely coy on details. A Polygon interview with Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser last December suggested the Switch had been midway in its gaming console cycle, which “existing type factors” will be honored. But the reports of brand new hardware are mounting. The Bloomberg report from September said Nintendo may currently be looking to programmers to upgrade their video games to 4K for a good eventual hardware refresh. More recent reports go in to even more detail upon the Nvidia hardware that will could be inside.

The Nintendo Switch has already sold a lot more systems than the Nintendo 3DS and could eventually capture up to the Wii. A new Switch may be more costly but can live alongside existing Switch models. Of course, in the event that a new Switch comes, expect some major video games to debut alongside this.

When asked about upcoming plans, Nintendo declined in order to comment.

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Nintendo’s 3DS selection continued to evolve as well as the Switch might do the particular same.


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Very probably: Larger OLED display, enhanced TV gaming when docked

A March Bloomberg report states the updated Switch arriving this season will have the 7-inch 720p Samsung OLED. The existing Switch plus Switch Lite have 720p shows, but they’re 6.2- and 5.5-inch FLAT SCREEN panels. Reports of the larger Switch display go back to last year, at least, but reviews then pointed to various display manufacturers.

That’s not really a huge screen-size raise, but maybe it can have a case redesign in order to be smaller. Then once again, if a new Switch changes the size associated with its body, it can be a problem whenever connecting with older Switch accessories.

4K game quality on a TV — mentioned in more fine detail in a second Bloomberg report emphasizing a brand new Nvidia chip — feels past due, but would also indicate a new wave associated with games that are 4K-optimized. If so, how might those games play upon a 720p screen upon the go, and exactly how would those games really feel on older Switches?

Previous Nintendo 3DS updates offer a good idea of how the particular Switch could incrementally evolve

Even although the original Nintendo Switch showed up in 2017, there possess been some evolutions ever since then. The more affordable, handheld-only Switch Lite arrived last drop, and it has been the Switch that is the easiest in order to find in stock on the web. The dockable original Switch got a significant electric battery life boost around that period, too.

While Nintendo’s TV-connected games consoles usually haven’t gotten a lot of updates after launch, Nintendo handhelds tend to obtain evolutions every couple associated with years. The Nintendo 3DS (early 2011) was accompanied by the particular larger-screened 3DS XL (mid-2012), the Nintendo 2DS (2013), New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL (late 2014-early 2015), and New Nintendo 2DS XL (2017).

On that will timeline, getting another Switch update would happen… this season. Will that happen? Well, 2017 was a lengthy time ago, and the particular Switch Lite in 2019 had been basically a cosmetic update (and feature reduction).

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The Switch Lite (top) and initial Switch (bottom). There’s space for improvement.


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Small updates could still provide a great deal of upside

I can dream all day associated with how a brand-new Switch 2 could push do it yourself gaming into uncharted area, but the Switch is within major success mode at this point and it seems incredibly unlikely that Nintendo might shake that up. Tweaking the hardware formula, nevertheless, which includes extra perks within a shiny new design seems like an extremely probably move.

The Switch is really a program that gets plenty of put on and tear: Joy-Cons break, backs crack, they get marks and get tossed about by accident. Moving in order to a new version each few years is not an insane idea for a severe player.

We’re also in the point where console slots of games are striking maybe a bit associated with a wall with present Switch hardware. The PS5 plus Xbox Series X run bands around the Switch when it comes to performance. Big deal, you may think: Except, well, the Switch really should at minimum allow for 4K video games at this point. Or some improved graphics plus performance for games that will get ported over. It would help for cross-platform games, which seem in order to be happening at an improving pace.




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My wish list

An XL version with a bigger OLED screen (and 1080p)

I admit, I squint on the Switch screen a great deal, especially the smaller Switch Lite. The 3DS went bigger-screen, and yes it could be a good easy move to create an XL Switch that will reduces the large bezels and expands the display screen across the body. Maybe seven inches, or 7.5. Make the screen better and brighter, permit it to show the particular better 1080p resolution a person can get on the particular docked Switch games.

The display could also change to OLED. That might certainly help with screen clarity and quality. The existing Switch displays are usually OK, but not excellent.

An improved processor

The old Nvidia Tegra processor on the particular Switch are designed for games simply fine, but that air flow fan on top displays it has to chug a bit more than I’m comfy with. Besides not needing a venting fan (maybe), an improved Switch processor chip could also aim in order to boost handheld performance upward to the actual docked Switch can do. Four yrs later, of course I’d expect a new processor chip.

4K when docked

If discover a new processor on-ship, it should help press 4K games to some TV when docked. That might help games look prettier, but it would furthermore allow better looking split-screen multiplayer. I do the lot of that upon the Switch right at this point, and I’d love in order to see games use a lot more of my TV actual estate.

Easier docking

If the onboard processor are designed for graphics better, maybe that will also means that the particular weird, bulky Switch boat dock can be shrunk straight down, too. I’d prefer a good official Nintendo unit that is really compact and simpler to pack and travel along with. There are third-party choices already, but I’m wishing the entire official package deal gets more elegant.

Bluetooth audio

I still conserve a set of wired 3.5mm headphones somewhere near our bedside table to connect to the Switch. It’s silly. Everything else works along with Bluetooth headsets, but not really the Switch. Nintendo’s controllers are wireless. Come upon, introduce Bluetooth audio.

Fix the kickstand

The dockable Switch can also become an excellent little prop-up game machine for two gamers. I love that concept. The kickstand within the Switch doesn’t make that concept work very well, although. I need to stability it ideal, or the particular Switch tips over (not a great idea along with kids). Maybe a modified, smaller Switch dock can double as that prop-up stand.

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Switch Lite colors are usually nice. There should become more.


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Include plenty of colors (like the particular Switch Lite)

Just saying vibrant Switches are thrilling the particular original Switch is just obtainable in black.

Sturdier Joy-Cons (with D-pads and analog triggers)

Because the Joy-Con slots in to Labo plus Ring Fit Adventure and other accessories, I’m not really sure it makes feeling to alter the general type of the controllers. But there really must be a good upgrade. My son, whoms gotten into Fortnite upon the Xbox, comments within the Switch controls not sensation good enough. Nintendo provides its Pro controller, yet even that lacks analog triggers.

A new edition of Joy-Cons are past due. I’d love to find a less creaky revising that doesn’t feel therefore worn down over period. I’d like improved stoƟ with more accurate haptics, and what would be nice is a genuine analog set of bring about buttons for games that will could take advantage associated with them.

And D-pads. The Switch Lite changed the left-side control keys to introduce an actual, classic Nintendo-style D-pad that will helps make games such as NES Classics or Tetris 99 feel more organic. Joy-Con controllers within the initial Switch don’t have D-pads, but it would become great if one do.


Would it arrive simply by the holidays, or faster?

Four and a fifty percent years seems like the perfect time for an improved Switch to emerge. It doesn’t need to become an entire new system, yet it might be wholly enhanced. With the particular success Nintendo’s already seen from the Switch, it makes plenty of sense. It might actually justify a higher cost (as reports have suggested).

But if previous Nintendo hardware upgrades are a good indicator, the changes may not be big sufficient to inspire buying the new one. Existing Switch proprietors could be just good with what they currently have, unless you really feel like waiting it away, or treating you to ultimately a good upgrade when the period comes. Much like PlayStation and Xbox mid-lifespan gaming console upgrades (the PS4 Pro, or the Xbox One X), they’re good but not really necessary.

For the accurate expert opinion, however, We turned to my 8-year-old. He says, “Take 2 little controllers, pull all of them apart and pull upward a little screen. It’s the Switch you can match in your pocket.” I don’t know in case a Switch Micro is happening at any time soon, but that’s exactly what he wants. It’s not really a terrible idea. 




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