While both the PS5 and Xbox Series are very hard to find at this moment of time, there could be a new player entering the game, in the form of a new version of the Nintendo Switch, coming later this year.
At least that’s according to industry analysts speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, who predict an upgraded Nintendo Switch is coming in 2021. While the Nintendo Switch 2 – a full sequel to Nintendo’s hybrid console looks to be a way off, a Pro version could bring a boost in power and resolution.
Rumors of this have been around for some time. But given reports that Nintendo has been asking game developers to support 4K TVs in docked mode, we may expect to hear something more concrete in the near future. Analysis’ Piers Harding-Rolls further added credence to this rumor by noting: “Last year I was unconvinced there would be a new flagship model Switch in 2020, but it makes more commercial sense to release an updated version in 2021.”
In a recent interview with Polygon, Doug Bowser, the president of Nintendo of America, said that the Nintendo Switch is “at the midpoint of this life cycle” and that the company is in no immediate rush to replace it. However, that does slightly fuel the fire, as a Switch Pro wouldn’t necessarily be a replacement for the current Switch, but more a higher-end version for people who want more out of the console.
If the Switch Pro rumors are true, then it’s highly likely that we can expect the newer console to feature some quality of life changes beyond just a specs boost, including updated hardware and improved battery life.