Rumors about a “Nintendo Switch Pro“Have they been constant for the last, two, three years now?
In 2017, Nintendo Switch launched with inferior hardware to its competitors, PS4 and Xbox One, but with the advantage of being portable. But in 2020, with PS5 and Xbox Series X on the market, Switch had become very outdated…
Many took it for granted that Nintendo would release a “mid-gen” revision of the Switch, sort of Switch Pro, something that also fits with its precedents (New 3DS, which came out four years later, was more powerful than the original). But that never happened.
And according Digital Foundryit’s because they canceled it at some point in its development.
The next thing from Nintendo will not be Switch Pro, but Switch 2
On Digital Foundry’s John Linneman podcast (via Nintendo Everything), Linneman said that, as he was able to gather from various developers, Nintendo did have plans to release a more powerful revision of the Switch in the middle of its lifecycle, but it seems that already It is not the case.
“I think at a certain point, from what I’ve been able to gather from talking to various developers, is that yes some sort of mid-gen upgrade was planned for Switchbut it seems that it is not going to come out anymore.”
“Therefore, it is quite evident that whatever they do now, it will be a next generation hardware. And I don’t think it will be in 2023“.
Switch will be seven years old in March 2023. And although its sales are still strong, they are declining, and it can hardly be considered that it is still “in the middle of its life cycle”. It would make more sense to launch a generational successor than a simple revision.
During 2020, 2021 and 2022 there were many rumors about Nintendo working on new hardware capable of reaching 4K and 60 fps or DLSS, from sources as reliable as NVIDIA itself.
This week, some statements by miyamoto from 2013, talking about what 4K could mean for a game like Pikmin 4… which is confirmed for next year. could be theswitch 2“, that no longer Switch Pro, closer than we think?