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WSJ: Nintendo to Launch Two New Switch Models. Premium "Enhanced" Model and Cheaper Portable Model.

What are you most excited for?

  • The more powerful model

    Votes: 3,380 68.0%
  • The more handheld model

    Votes: 419 8.4%
  • Both!

    Votes: 587 11.8%
  • Neither.

    Votes: 583 11.7%

  • Total voters
    4,969
Oct 26, 2017
1,969
#1
Nintendo Co. plans to launch two new versions of its Switch gaming console as early as this summer, people familiar with the matter said, as the company seeks to sustain sales momentum for the product going into a crucial third year.

One version will have enhanced features targeted at avid videogamers, although it won't be as powerful as Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 4 Pro or Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox One X, according to parts suppliers and software developers for Nintendo who have early access to a prototype of the machine.

The other version is a cheaper option for casual gamers that Nintendo sees as a successor to its aging hand-held 3DS device, the suppliers and developers say.
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My latest on new Nintendo Switch coming as early as this summer. There would be two models, and people who've seen them said designs of new devices are "different from the original and you'd be surprised."
 
Nov 17, 2017
13,954
Utah
#5
One version will have enhanced features targeted at avid videogamers, although it won’t be as powerful as Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 Pro or Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One X, according to parts suppliers and software developers for Nintendo who have access to a prototype of the machine.

The other version is a cheaper option for casual gamers that Nintendo sees as a successor to its aging hand-held 3DS device, the suppliers and developers say.
So one enhanced version and one cheaper version ala 3DS in a way.
 
Oct 27, 2017
813
#13
In for the pro and curious to see how they decide to implement the lite model. The speculation thread sure presented a bunch of possibilities.
 
Oct 25, 2017
7,659
#14
"different from the original and you'd be surprised"
"The other version is a cheaper option for casual gamers that Nintendo sees as a successor to its aging hand-held 3DS device "

I'm thinking one of them is a clamshell.
 
Oct 25, 2017
7,086
Singapore
#20
I don't believe any of these models are going to have enhanced internal hardware that will make any difference in game performance. Instead they will be simply more ways to play. Nintendo is big on making the Switch about possibilities and how different people engage with gaming in terms of lifestyle. One of these will be a smaller portable only model that comes without a dock, for those who want to play Switch games but are more handheld inclined. The other will probably be an improved and more streamlined version of the existing one - possibly with better battery life and screen. There will be a dock expansion for those who get the portable unit and want to use it as a console later.

Not insider, but I feel this is common sense for where the Switch can go.
 

JCW

Member
Oct 26, 2017
249
#26
Yeah. Current model is underpowered. A home console-focused model and a portable model would be ideal.
I'll meet you halfway and say that I want a more powerful handheld mode because I use the Switch 99.9% in handheld mode.

Docked mode can be more powerful too, sure.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,383
São Paulo
#27
That's interesting and puts to rest all the arguments here in era lol.
"You get a Switch and you get a Switch and YOU get a Switch!"
Nintendo making era United again.
 
Oct 25, 2017
230
#28
I hope there won't be exclusives for the Pro Switch, but it seems like there will be certain games the Lite Switch won't be able to play. It'll be interesting to see.
 
Oct 25, 2017
779
#31
I can't envisage them launching at the same time. I'm expecting the cheaper model this year for AC and Pokémon, and the beefier model next year.
 
Oct 27, 2017
8,430
#32
Switch Pro, as in a more powerful one wont be out before 2020.
The new Switch for this year will be a DS Lite, as in streamlined version with some enhancements so that they can keep the price at 300 bucks.

The smaller/cheaper one is obv. there to replace the 3DS.

Either way the current Switch will be replaced.
 
Jul 24, 2018
5,791
#40
Switch Pro, as in a more powerful one wont be out before 2020.
The new Switch for this year will be a DS Lite, as in streamlined version with some enhancements so that they can keep the price at 300 bucks.

The smaller/cheaper one is obv. there to replace the 3DS.

Either way the current Switch will be replaced.
This report says the pro and cheaper one are both out this summer.
 
Oct 25, 2017
719
#42
Switch Pro, as in a more powerful one wont be out before 2020.
The new Switch for this year will be a DS Lite, as in streamlined version with some enhancements so that they can keep the price at 300 bucks.

The smaller/cheaper one is obv. there to replace the 3DS.

Either way the current Switch will be replaced.
Where are you getting your timelines from? Don’t spread your own conjecture as misinformation. The insider article states that they suspect the announcement to happen at E3 and releases a few months later. None of this 2020 nonesense you’re peddling and obfuscating this thread with.
 
Oct 27, 2017
416
#43
I wonder when they’re going to officially announce this. I could probably see them showing them as early as next month which is pretty exciting.