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Bloomberg: Nintendo to release cheaper Switch model by end June, 'modest' upgrade by end of year

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"Growth in the current period will get a boost from the launch of a new, cheaper version of the Switch, according to two people familiar with the matter who requested anonymity to discuss private plans. The new device will likely be launched by the end of June, according to one of the people. The existing Switch will receive a modest upgrade this year, though a more powerful version is not in the works, the people said."


E3 can't come soon enough. If it's just another New 3DS situation with a slightly better screen I think I'll sit the 'upgraded' model out.



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That would explain why Mario Maker doesn’t have a release date yet. I would expect to here about this before the end of the week tbh



Will it be a Switch Mini, or just a regular re-design? I'm not expecting an upgrade at all.



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That doesn't even sound like a New 3DS situation - the New 3DS used its improved processing power for a handful of exclusive games - but rather like an adjustment similar to the transition from the original DS to the DS Lite where the original model got phased out. Things that could get improved are slightly better battery life/screen, more durable/comfortable Joy-Cons or a Home button on the console itself, but Switch games themselves aren't going to be any different.



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The 'modest upgrade' could simply be a slightly revised Nvidia processor - doesn't the current model have a flaw that can only be fixed with a hardware revision? There were a bunch of reports last year that the current Switch model could be made to run homebrew applications and pirated games thanks to a flaw in Nvidia's processor which couldn't be patched.

My suspicion is Nintendo are launching this Mini model to lower the price point (which makes sense ahead of Animal Crossing and Pokemon, and which makes sense in Japan in particular) and that the later model is simply a new base model for the Switch which has been redesigned to omit the exploit in the Tegra processor. I can't see Nintendo wanting to manufacture tens of millions more Switch units with a flaw that leaves the door open to software piracy.



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Shouldn't we know with the financial statement (sales projection) due tomorrow ?



jenpol said:
Shouldn't we know with the financial statement (sales projection) due tomorrow ?

I don't think that a new sales projection will provide a definitive answer. Likewise, Nintendo won't give an unambiguous answer during the following Q&A session with investors in response to a question regarding new hardware models.

Given Switch's good momentum in calendar quarter 1 of 2019 and the knowledge that their software lineup is more robust in calendar quarter 2 and 3 2019 than it was in the comparable period in 2018, Nintendo's forecast for fiscal year 2019 will be higher than what they finished with in fiscal year 2018 in any case.



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Asriel said:
The 'modest upgrade' could simply be a slightly revised Nvidia processor - doesn't the current model have a flaw that can only be fixed with a hardware revision? There were a bunch of reports last year that the current Switch model could be made to run homebrew applications and pirated games thanks to a flaw in Nvidia's processor which couldn't be patched.

My suspicion is Nintendo are launching this Mini model to lower the price point (which makes sense ahead of Animal Crossing and Pokemon, and which makes sense in Japan in particular) and that the later model is simply a new base model for the Switch which has been redesigned to omit the exploit in the Tegra processor. I can't see Nintendo wanting to manufacture tens of millions more Switch units with a flaw that leaves the door open to software piracy.

Seems probable...maybe a screen upgrade of sorts but it would be strange to upgrade the screen to 1080p without some hardware upgrade as well.



Darwinianevolution said:
Will it be a Switch Mini, or just a regular re-design? I'm not expecting an upgrade at all.

The rumors point to slightly smaller screen, and a non-detactable joy-cons, makeing the total thing abit smaller, than the current Switch.
If its sold without the dock, it should be alot cheaper overall.

RolStoppable said:
That doesn't even sound like a New 3DS situation - the New 3DS used its improved processing power for a handful of exclusive games - but rather like an adjustment similar to the transition from the original DS to the DS Lite where the original model got phased out. Things that could get improved are slightly better battery life/screen, more durable/comfortable Joy-Cons or a Home button on the console itself, but Switch games themselves aren't going to be any different.

Id say more like a 2DS to go along with the 3DS. For the Mini.
Its a cheaper & more rustic design, more kid friendly switch version.

The last rumors of a new better Switch, I read where saying it might be a Switch 2.
Which seems very differnt than what Bloomberg is reporting, which sounds more like a New 3DS type upgrade to the Switch.



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JRPGfan said:
RolStoppable said:
That doesn't even sound like a New 3DS situation - the New 3DS used its improved processing power for a handful of exclusive games - but rather like an adjustment similar to the transition from the original DS to the DS Lite where the original model got phased out. Things that could get improved are slightly better battery life/screen, more durable/comfortable Joy-Cons or a Home button on the console itself, but Switch games themselves aren't going to be any different.

Id say more like a 2DS to go along with the 3DS. For the Mini.
Its a cheaper & more rustic design, more kid friendly switch version.

The last rumors of a new better Switch, I read where saying it might be a Switch 2.
Which seems very differnt than what Bloomberg is reporting, which sounds more like a New 3DS type upgrade to the Switch.

I wasn't talking about the cheaper version, but the "modest upgrade" which doesn't sound anywhere close to as substantial as the New 3DS upgrade; that one had better 3D, more buttons, more processing power for operating system and games. For Switch, it sounds like there will be only a few miniscule changes, plus Asriel's theory is sound that the Tegra chip will be modified to lock out piracy.

I'd like to see your source for Switch 2. You already mentioned the same thing in another thread and I forgot to ask you about the laughable idea of a Switch 2 that is supposed to launch anytime soon. It's likely a misinterpretation of the original rumor that specified that Nintendo doesn't plan an upgrade like the PS4 Pro. One interpretation of that is what is echoed by Bloomberg, that it won't be a more powerful version. The other interpretation is that it's much more powerful than the difference between PS4 and PS4 Pro, but yeah... that's a ridiculous expectation to have, because Switch 2 isn't going to happen anytime soon.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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