There will be no Switch Pro. We may see a model with a 1080p screen and a slightly higher clock speed, but it will not even be advertised as a mid gen refresh.
What I predict is a full blow Switch 2 in 2022 (5 year cycle) that is fully BC with the current models, as that is the only thing that makes sense to me at this point. Given the jump to next gen for Nintendo's competition, anything less than a full generational leap will be viewed as "not enough" by the media and picked apart for "only being 1080p" and only serve to either draw out the life of Switch 1 or be viewed as screwing over people who bought a "Pro" for releasing a new device soon after.
There is another possibility however...one that is possible...but also caused someone to accuse me of drinking on a wendsday...
The Switch Lite might be a way for Nintendo to phase out the hybrid nature of the device with next gen consoles, and make it a full on 3DS successor with a head start in install base. Then early next year (or the game awards), reveal that the rumored Switch Pro is actually a new dedicated home console set to release in 2020 or 2021, making it completely different from the Switch altogether, but possibly have BC with performance upgrades to Switch games alongside the games that will be just for that console. This would allow Nintendo to have an existing library similar to how Sony and MS will have with their own BC.
Just a thought...
I pondered this but figured there's no way they could attempt it. It would literally be a form of bait and switch. That would be trolling on another level.
To abandon the hybrid nature of Switch would cause too much of an uproar and backlash. Best to keep a handheld, hybrid, and home model available. That way they also cover a much wider spread of consumers.
Either that or have a Pro model Switch that's thicker and heavier that's worth $100 more in terms of performance, yet retains the hybrid features. Third party games would run better on this model and be more acceptable, making the premium cost worth it. This model would basically land between the Switch hybrid and what a Switch home console would be, in terms of performance, and would mean no dedicated Switch home console, even though the point of it would be to sit in the dock the majority of the time.Last edited by EricHiggin - on 10 July 2019
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