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Rumored Switch Pro Possibly Delayed According to New Report, Switch Lite Reportedly Dockable

Nintendo is reportedly having technical difficulties with one of its new Switch models.

By Matt KimNews Editor

04/17/2019

A hot rumor right now is that Nintendo is working on two new Nintendo Switch revisions for later this year; one designed to be more portable, the other more powerful. But a new report suggests that the more powerful revision may have been delayed due to technical issues.

Japanese business journal Nikkei has a new report on Nintendo's plans for the Nintendo Switch with new details on future models. USG independently translated the report, which claims that a "next-generation" model of the Switch, different from a planned "inexpensive version," has been postponed. The reason appears to specifically be with getting the Nintendo Switch operating system running on this new hardware and an issue with power consumption.

It's not clear based on the wording of the article whether this postponed model is the rumored Switch "Pro" or a complete hardware sequel, like a Nintendo Switch 2. What is reported, however, is that there is indeed more powerful Switch hardware in development, and Nintendo has encountered technical difficulties with it.

Furthermore, the report has details about an "inexpensive version" of the Nintendo Switch, which backs up earlier reports from the Wall Street Journal that Nintendo is working on a slimmer, more portable, and possibly cheaper version of the Nintendo Switch.

Nikkei refers to this as a "small bargain version of its main game console 'Nintendo Switch,'" and says it's releasing this fall. While it's reportedly designed for portable outdoor use, the report also suggests that it will be dockable and playable on the TV. This goes against earlier rumors that suggested the smaller Switch would do away with the TV component of the current Nintendo Switch model.

It's been two years since the Nintendo Switch was released in March 2017, and Nintendo has had great success with the console. But with a new generation of PlayStation and Xbox consoles on the horizon, it seems Nintendo is also aiming to refresh its hardware line. The latest reports seem to indicate that Nintendo's plans go further than simply a Switch "Lite" and Switch "Pro," however.

Thanks, Nikkei.

https://www.usgamer.net/articles/nintendo-switch-pro-delay-lite-dock-report



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I think that is a good idea. It will give 2019 and 2020 some sort of boost thanks to the new Hardware. Releasing the Switch Lite this year make sense because there are many "handheld" franchises are releasing this year like Yokai Watch 2, Fire emblem, Animal Crossing and Pokemon.



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Then, they're intending to go along the Switch concept even with a smaller form factor ... good. (If the report is to be believed)

I'll stay on my toes though, it wouldn't make sense for a more powerful Switch to have difficulties running the basic OS it has right now, power consumption might be the true issue.

Anywoo, this is just a report going off rumors and supposed hearings so Nintendo plans might change along the way or be completly differently to what's been said there.



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I'll wait for the Switch+.



Oh well, guess I'm keeping my day 1 model then.



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Wrong thread



Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Now it makes sense.If the Switch mini is dockable, then I can see Nintendo making it happen.What I was opposed to was this model being completely handheld only.But If Nintendo managed to make it smaller(or whatever the lite version entails) and still dockable, and probably comming with a dock itself on whatever bundle it comes with, then I can see it happening.



My (locked) thread about how difficulty should be a decision for the developers, not the gamers.

https://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=241866&page=1

If the Pro model is having heat and compatibility issues that sounds more like a "Switch 2" than just a minor upgrade.



Soundwave said:
If the Pro model is having heat and compatibility issues that sounds more like a "Switch 2" than just a minor upgrade.

It seems that Nikkei referred to it as a next-generation Switch in their article, but USgamer changed that to Switch Pro in their article. 

It's possible that Nintendo is looking to adopt a more smartphone like model moving forward. Every 3 years or so release new high-end hardware, alongside a budget version of the previous Switch model. Aiming to have software forwards compatibility for as long as possible for older models, and backwards compatibility with software designed for all previous models. If that is true, the Switch 2 and Switch Lite were both planned for this year, but Switch 2 has been pushed back to 2020 due to the OS and cooling issues. 



Mar1217 said:

Then, they're intending to go along the Switch concept even with a smaller form factor ... good. (If the report is to be believed)

I'll stay on my toes though, it wouldn't make sense for a more powerful Switch to have difficulties running the basic OS it has right now, power consumption might be the true issue.

Anywoo, this is just a report going off rumors and supposed hearings so Nintendo plans might change along the way or be completly differently to what's been said there.

Don't forget that Nintendo are pretty insane when it comes to insuring a device has 100% compatibility with the previous games, they literally playtested every single Gameboy and Gameboy Colour cartridge in the GBA to insure 100% of them worked on the new systems.... throw the spanner into the works that the Switch now has 2k titles on it and a lot of them are huge in comparison to the 512kb GB games of old.

On topic though, this is pretty cool to hear, wouldn't be nice to shell out on a pro version of a system only to find it had issues coming out the gate, you buy a premium system you want to feel like you're getting a bug free premium experience.



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