Rumour: Digital Foundry claims mid-gen Switch devices have an update planned
Rumors of a more powerful Switch — often dubbed the Switch Pro by fans — have been circulating for years. The common belief was that Nintendo would come out with a new piece of hardware that wasn’t quite a successor, but would be a step up from what we have now. This theoretical hardware should allow for things like technical improvements when it comes to aspects like frame rate, resolution, and maybe even better visuals.
John Linnemann of Digital Foundry shed light on the situation in the port Latest podcast. After speaking with some of the developers, he believes Nintendo was at one point playing around with updating the Switch’s hardware. However, “that no longer appears to be happening” and the company appears to be pursuing a true successor instead.
Lineman’s full words:
“So I think at some point internally from what I can understand from talking to different developers, is that there was some sort of mid-gen Switch update planned at some point and it seems like that’s not happening anymore. After that it will be the actual next generation hardware. I don’t think it will be 2023.”
Lineman would go on to say that in his view, Nintendo is likely nervous about transitioning over what will happen after the Switch given previous generations. After the GameCube didn’t do well, we saw the Wii that sold over 100 million units. However, with the Wii U that came next, it was one of Nintendo’s best-selling systems. Now the company is back on top again with the Switch which is one of the best selling gaming consoles ever. There was a simple pattern with one system that works well, and then the next one takes a step back.