Report: Nintendo Releasing "Upgraded" Switch Model In 2021

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Back in March 2019, there was a rumour that Nintendo would be releasing two new models of the Switch, one a premium upgraded version, the other a cheaper successor to the 3DS. We certainly got the latter with the Switch Lite, and Bloomberg is now reporting that the former is still on track, due in 2021.

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The report says this will be an “upgraded model of its Switch console”, and while it doesn’t go into specifics (particularly when it comes to specs, size or price) it adds, “The Kyoto-based company has looked into including more computing power and 4K high-definition graphics.”

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It’s the second time this week an industry outlet has reported this news, following a similar story in Taiwan’s Economic Daily News.

On the one hand, this would be...weird? Chasing the high end of the market isn’t very Nintendo, and I don’t think anyone is clamouring to play Switch games in 4K, at least not enough to need a whole new console for it.

Then again, creating different models of hardware with different abilities is also very Nintendo, something the company has not just already done on the Switch, but also on everything from the DS (the DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL) to the Wii (ditching GameCube support and hardware ports) to the 3DS (the 3DS XL, New 3DS, New 3DS XL, and 2DS).

And with both the PS5 and Xbox Series X due soon, maybe they feel a 4K upgrade and performance boost is just what the Switch needs to stay on top for a few more years.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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TheCabbage
TheCabbage

I would love if this is just their “next-gen” console. That is, a backwards compatible upgraded Switch that can also play games exclusive to their upgraded model. Then games previously impossible to port to the Switch due to lackluster hardware are now within reach.

It has long been my take that the Switch would be the best platform for *most* games. So I'm down for anything that brings that closer to reality.