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Digital Foundry: New Nintendo Switch: 6 Hardware Upgrades We Must See

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coi9hdNYyBE

1. 4K output support (upscaling the games to 4K and outputting a 4K signal to the TV to avoid double-upscaling)
2. WiFi module improvements
3. better dock build quality to stop scratching the screen and improve functionality
4. larger internal storage
5. better kickstand
6. bigger screen size (reduce the size of the bezel)

 You'll need to watch the video to hear the explanations for each point
I basically agree with everything said in the video. One the most important things they need to address is to make that wifi module work better, it struggle to keep a good connection for me. The screen size is fine for me, but I could see why people would want a XL switch. I also kind of wish he made a request on the chipset improvements, but I they've done a video on that before. So what do you think about his ideas and what do you wish to see out of the rumored new Switch SOC releasing this year?


     

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What is possibility of them announcing it soon and maybe in the next direct? Considering they just announced release dates for games without a direct could mean the next direct could have a heavy focus on hardware?






I agree in particular about fixing the dock to reduce risk of scratching the screen. Not that it's urgent, because we can take repercussions ourselves with screen protectors and foam, but like he said, it's a surprising oversight for something that's used so often, and "shouldn't be down to us".
So I'm glad he brought that up.

 Better Wi-fi is another obvious thing they should upgrade, and the idea of building in an ethernet port into the dock sounds good.

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I certainly think we don't need anything near the 4K output he's asking for but the rest is fine.



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4k? Okay sure good luck with that.



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It doesn't sound like they're going to change to a new chipset design since recent Switch units already ships with 'Mariko' to fix the security flaw in the original chipset design ...



konnichiwa said:
What is possibility of them announcing it soon and maybe in the next direct? Considering they just announced release dates for games without a direct could mean the next direct could have a heavy focus on hardware?

Highly doubt it in my opinion. That could hurt the Switch sales, Especially with them needing to hit a 20 million goal by the end of March. I think they will announce it around E3, actually maybe even later, with a release in October.

Mar1217 said:
I certainly think we don't need anything near the 4K output he's asking for but the rest is fine.

I don't particularly care about the 4k thing, but he does have a point that having up-scaling to 4k done on the switch rather than your TV would be a smart move by Nintendo. especially with 4K TVs becoming ever more present in today's market.

Wyrdness said:
4k? Okay sure good luck with that.

What wrong with his 4K idea. The switch wouldn't be running games in 4k, just up-scaling them. This would make it so TVs less precise up-scaling would no longer be a problem.



     

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I could see points 2 - 6 being the basis of a redesign. Part of me thinks we'll see small changes to a model which will become the new default Switch rather than a Switch Pro or Lite - I think Nintendo will want to avoid brand confusion after their last hardware cycle. A model which makes small improvements and leaves room for a lower standard price would be the best move for them, I think, especially in Japan, where a price cut combined with the monster 2019 line up (Animal Crossing, Dragon Quest, Pokemon, Yokai Watch) should see Switch sales accelerate even more. They could push a more aggressive price cut on the existing model to clear inventory and drive up the install base, and then focus on selling software and subscriptions especially to maximise revenue and profit.

A Pro model makes more sense in late 2020 or even in 2021, to encourage the first wave of Switch adopters to upgrade. The 'new' model could get another price cut to sell to the kind of audience Nintendo have usually targeted with their handhelds.



cycycychris said:
konnichiwa said:
What is possibility of them announcing it soon and maybe in the next direct? Considering they just announced release dates for games without a direct could mean the next direct could have a heavy focus on hardware?

Highly doubt it in my opinion. That could hurt the Switch sales, Especially with them needing to hit a 20 million goal by the end of March. I think they will announce it around E3, actually maybe even later, with a release in October.

Mar1217 said:
I certainly think we don't need anything near the 4K output he's asking for but the rest is fine.

I don't particularly care about the 4k thing, but he does have a point that having up-scaling to 4k done on the switch rather than your TV would be a smart move by Nintendo. especially with 4K TVs becoming ever more present in today's market.

Wyrdness said:
4k? Okay sure good luck with that.

What wrong with his 4K idea. The switch wouldn't be running games in 4k, just up-scaling them. This would make it so TVs less precise up-scaling would no longer be a problem.

Pretty sure it still requires additional performance even for upscaling as the PS4 and X1 have shown which would mean an SKU with significant change in specs, only way that happens is if they go a GB to GBC route with the NS where the new SKU is essentially its own platform.



Nintendo could take a Switch revision in so many different ways... It should be interesting.

Personally I would like a Switch TV as I have absolutely zero interest in any part of it that makes it portable.
So get rid of the: Display, Battery, Dock, Joycons, drop in a HDD and Ethernet port and call it a day.



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