We’ve been hearing rumors for a while now that Nintendo has been working on a new, more powerful Nintendo Switch console, but I don’t think anyone would have guessed that we could potentially be able to get our hands on it by the end of 2021.
According to a recent report from Bloomberg, this Nintendo Switch Pro (as everyone is calling it) will feature a larger OLED screen and have the capabilities to pump out 4K resolution graphics while it’s in docked mode.
In regards to the Switch Pro’s handheld mode, Samsung Display Co. will apparently start mass production of the 7-inch, 720p-resolution OLED panels as early as June 2021. The current Nintendo Switch model features a 6.2-inch, 720p-resolution screen but with this new screen, the “OLED panel will consume less battery, offer higher contrast and possibly faster response time when compared to the Switch’s current liquid-crystal display,” said Yoshio Tamura, co-founder of display consultancy DSCC.
Nintendo has mentioned numerous times that the Nintendo Switch is only halfway through its lifecycle. This new model could be a way for Nintendo to keep up with Sony and Microsoft, who have both recently released their Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles to overwhelmingly high demand. The next-gen battle has begun, and Bloomberg analysts Matthew Kanterman and Nathan Naidu state that “The release of a more premium version of Nintendo’s Switch console with an OLED display and support for 4K graphics for the holiday 2021 selling season could drive the company’s sales above consensus for the fiscal year ending March 2022 and extend the life cycle of the Switch platform for many more years.”
When I say keep up, I only mean with graphic capabilities. The Nintendo Switch is already outselling the competition and has an excellent library of games. They really don’t have anything to worry about, but it’s great to see them have the drive to stay relevant in the ever-growing video game market. I currently own one of the Switch Lite models myself, and I love it. The idea though of being able to play with fresh-looking graphics on my TV definitely gives me the incentive to upgrade to the Pro model. The only problem is whether or not Nintendo will really be able to make it worth purchasing this new Switch when the current one can play games just fine on your TV. The price will have to be just right for essentially just better graphics.
I just bought my wife that special edition Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch this past Christmas. Do you think she’d mind if I sold it and bought this new one?
Yeah, that’s probably a bad idea.