Nintendo are known for keeping things pretty close to their chests, but a leak on the long-awaited Nintendo Switch 2 has finally trickled down into the ears of the public, and it’s fair to say that everyone’s gaming spidey-senses are tingling. One of the things that we love so much about Nintendo’s latest console is its portability – docking your game and seamlessly carrying on where you left off is one of the main things that sets this machine apart. But with Playstation and XBOX ramping up marketing for their next-gen consoles, Nintendo can’t rely on clever tricks forever. Rumour has it that they’re working on a ‘Pro’ version of the Switch, and that this one won’t be able to leave the house with you.
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A source close to a former Nintendo employee has suggested that the Nintendo Switch 2 will solely be a ‘home console’. That’s pretty sad as I think that Nintendo have got the market covered with Hybrid consoles and should roll with their niche. Still, the rumours also state that a new Nintendo Switch 2 ‘Pro’ model would bring 4K resolution and work with all previous controllers, accessories and games. That would definitely draw people in who want to see BOTW in crisp 4K up on the big screen, and with the Nintendo Switch Lite on the market filling the gap left by the end of the GameBoy series, perhaps gamers might not feel too badly about the change. The console is designed to compliment existing Switch arsenals and not replace them entirely, though I guess the cost of the product will determine how many people will go for it.
When Will The Nintendo Switch 2 be released?
It wouldn’t be unreasonable to say that we’re looking at a Spring 2021 release for the Nintendo Switch 2. Nintendo have always been a little bit elusive when it comes to launch dates, but I think that we might see a new machine dropping at the same time as BOTW 2. It would make sense, as Legend Of Zelda is undoubtedly the console’s biggest draw.
How Much Would It Cost?
Again, this is all conjecture, but looking at the cost of the other two Switch machines on the market, we can probably expect a $100 increase to the cost price. The Switch Lite sits at around $200 with the original Switch costing around $300. It’s fair to say that you could expect to pay $400 for the new home-console-only variant. I’m not sure that I would pay that for upgraded graphics, especially seen as though I play handheld a lot of the time and the games can be played on all three systems. Only time will tell, and if they start to bring games out solely for the Nintendo Switch 2, then you can be sure I’ll have one on my desk before you can say ‘Bokoblin’. Maybe an N64 Expansion Pack style add-on might have been a better idea, a new upscale-dock perhaps?
What Specs Will The Nintendo Switch 2 Have?
You can be sure that it’s going to have Ultra HD and 4K resolution as standard, which means that Nintendo’s new console will be able to go head to head with Microsoft and Sony and maybe even take the lead. We’ll see more realistic games too – Ganon is going to look so badass! Bigger memory is a must, Wireless LAN, Bluetooth 5.1, and USB-C charging. The original port only had one USB and one HDMI out, so we’d like to see at least two of these on the new dock; two USB ports for charging two Pro Controllers at once, and two HDMI outs for dual-screen action. It’s possible that we might also see a dual-screen controller if this Nintendo Switch DS is anything to go by.
Seeing BOTW, Mario Odyssey, Skyrim, and all of your favourite games in crisp 4K would be unbelievable. But for many gamers, I think it will all depend on the cost as to whether they make the jump to purchase one. The last thing that we want is another Wii-U scenario, and Nintendo will need to bring out Nintendo Switch 2 only games to make this machine a necessity. We’ll be picking up more info as the months go by, so make sure you stay tuned for more facts as and when we get them.