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When will an improved switch-hardware be released?

End of 2019, I think so too. 16 25.40%
 
2020! 22 34.92%
 
2021. 11 17.46%
 
Maybe.. (other year or theory) 7 11.11%
 
nintendo will only develo... 4 6.35%
 
see results 3 4.76%
 
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dx11332sega said:
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dx11332sega said:
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zorg1000 said:
dx11332sega said:
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Probably a year after the PS5 releases. I always thought they would treat it like the DS and 3DS, but now I dont think they will.



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Nintendo knows that the 3DS will fade as Nintendo Switch grows, and they need to fill that lower price entry point to expand the platform significantly.

People hoping for some powered up SKU that has a bunch of games the original Nintendo Switch cannot run have not paid attention to Nintendo’s history with said revisions. Anytime Nintendo has made such SKUs (i.e. DSi and New 3DS) they have allowed developers to make games for them that do not run on the original models, and the amount of total software that actually forgoes the existing user base has been very very very few titles. It just does not make sense for the financial side of things for developers to cater a portion of the install base rather than the whole install base.

Will Nintendo make Nintendo Switch models with newer and better SOCs? Probably so, but the performance benefit will be marginal to non existent at best, as the focus will be to reduce cost of the total cost of materials (i.e. a 7nm SOC would allow them to put a smaller battery, reduce the entire chassis size, and remove the active cooling).

Nintendo is not focused on upgrading resolution of their consoles. They are still selling a 240p handheld console in 2018 at reduced costs with a very healthy profit margin on hardware and will continue that focus in the future.

In 2023, the Nintendo Switch will still have a 720p screen and Nintendo will be happy with the low cost and high profit margin and will have multiple SKUs.

Nintendo's focus is it leverage its software library to sell its hardware, and to reduce costs of hardware while addressing a wider audience. Focusing on CPU and GPU power and splitting their user base is not where they will expand and Nintendo knows this.



RolStoppable said:
zorg1000 said:

They can do both.

2DS/New 3DS

PS4 Slim/Pro

XB1 S/X

That's an incorrect comparison.

PS4 Pro and Xbox One X are high-end models with new price points while the New 3DS models assumed the price points of the models they replaced. New 3DS is more comparable to PS4 Slim and Xbox One S, because they all replaced models that were phased out shortly afterwards.

New 3DS and 2DS has improved internal hardware. Price points be damned, they were successive releases that improved upon the base hardware.


Lonely_Dolphin said:
I think there wont be a smaller version cause Joy-Con consistency, nor will there be a stronger version cause porting consistency/splitting userbase. The revision will just have better battery life, better wifi, more storage, and a bigger screen size so no bezels.

A successor doesn't need to retain Joy-Con functionality.
Just like the 2DS didn't retain the clam-shell design or a 3D display.

trent44 said:
Will Nintendo make Nintendo Switch models with newer and better SOCs? Probably so, but the performance benefit will be marginal to non existent at best, as the focus will be to reduce cost of the total cost of materials (i.e. a 7nm SOC would allow them to put a smaller battery, reduce the entire chassis size, and remove the active cooling).

A 7nm chip would be totally reliant on nVidia... And I doubt they have made any movement in that direction with Tegra.

trent44 said:
Nintendo is not focused on upgrading resolution of their consoles. They are still selling a 240p handheld console in 2018 at reduced costs with a very healthy profit margin on hardware and will continue that focus in the future.

The 3DS isn't 240P. (As in 16:9, progressive.)

trent44 said:

In 2023, the Nintendo Switch will still have a 720p screen and Nintendo will be happy with the low cost and high profit margin and will have multiple SKUs.

The Switch deviates from older platforms in a multitude of ways... The fact that games are capable of exceeding 720P is one of them... So it makes sense if Nintendo opts for a Pascal based Tegra they could include a higher resolution display and take advantage of that fact.

trent44 said:

Nintendo's focus is it leverage its software library to sell its hardware, and to reduce costs of hardware while addressing a wider audience. Focusing on CPU and GPU power and splitting their user base is not where they will expand and Nintendo knows this.

Nintendo can focus on both power and the low-priced segments, they did with the 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS, 2DS XL.



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I could see a few things happening, but what might do Switch the most good is a revision that maximizes each form. A more portable tablet to maximize the advantage of the handheld form, and a more powerful dock to maximize the home console mode. Sell them separately so that people who use one form more than the other can get the upgrade they want. Or perhaps an upgrade that would increase it's form factors even further, like with AR and VR capabilities, so rather than buying a separate headset, you buy a console that can be a home console, a portable console, an AR viewer, or a VR headset. Maybe save that for Switch 2...



We'll probably get a switch pro or "new" switch around the same time the next Xbox and PlayStation launch but as for a true next generation leap 2022 at the earliest



RolStoppable said:
If Nintendo is smart, never. There's no benefit that could come from a Switch with more processing power that couldn't be achieved by more logical revisions that improve things such as portability and battery life.

I mostly agree.  A smaller form factor and better battery life are the obvious improvements, and ones that don't really fragment the install base.  However, I think they could also make whatever improvements are necessary to allow portable and docked modes that have same performance.  (I believe that's a part battery life, part heat production issue.  I figure that should be solvable without much expense in the near future)