Nintendo plans to launch an upgraded version of the popular gaming platform (Switch) next year, making the company give up the competition this year in favor of Sony and Microsoft devices, according to reports from newspaper (Economic Daily News) in Taiwan And agency Bloomberg.
The new model of the gaming platform is supposed to be released in early 2021, according to the Taiwanese newspaper, which quoted sources in the supply chain, and this may be the first serious performance upgrade for the Switch since its launch in March 2017.
Bloomberg says Nintendo has studied the possibility of including more computing power and high-resolution 4K graphics, while Economic Daily News mentions the improved visuals.
Nintendo released two new Switch models last year, but they used a more energy-efficient version of the original hardware to enable smaller shape and longer battery life without noticeable improvements in performance.
The Switch is based on Nvidia’s Tegra X1 system, which was first announced more than five years ago.
Mobile processor technology has advanced a lot since then, so there is certainly room for the Switch to increase drastically, but the device will likely require a special new design from Nvidia.
While the Tegra X1 system succeeded in accessing the (Pixel C) tablet from Google in addition to Nvidia’s (Shield) devices, the company no longer manufactures general-purpose systems for external manufacturers.
According to Bloomberg, the new model will be launched with a stronger set of games, and Nintendo has not announced any major games for this holiday season.
The company faces stiff competition to attract gamers’ attention this fall with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X scheduled to arrive in time for the shopping season.
However, Nintendo has major games in the pipeline after it was announced years ago, such as (Metroid Prime 4) and the sequel (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild), so it might make sense to promote them with new, more powerful hardware.
Sales of the Switch continued in 2020, with Animal Crossing: New Horizons selling millions of devices.
Nintendo has sold more than 61 million Switch consoles as of the end of July, which puts them within walking distance of the original Nintendo Entertainment System.