A new report by the Wall Street Journal (note that a subscription to the Wall Street Journal is required to read the full article) is indicating that there is going to be a new Switch late in 2019. It states that momentum is slowing in Switch sales and in order to keep it going strong Nintendo is looking into a hardware revision to keep the platform appealing to consumers.
It is said that most of the current features on the Switch will be included and it will be able to play all existing software (seems to be implying that older hardware will not be capable of playing the newer software when this new hardware revision is released….but maybe that is just me).
One of the rumored features is that it will have an LED screen more attune to the likes of smartphones which would “make it brighter, thinner and more energy-efficient”.
Honestly, I’m not really sure what the impact of a new hardware revision would be. It could very well have a negative impact, dividing the install base being that you will have the die-hards (like myself) that would certainly pick this up but then you will have those that wouldn’t bother dropping $300 or more on another Switch system. The only way I can see this being viable is if any games released for it are compatible with the first generation Switch. This is all theoretical since we haven’t had an official announcement and we don’t even know if the hardware specs are even getting an upgrade (other than the screen obviously) should this hardware revision be an actual thing.
Not really sure how to take this one quite honestly. What do you guys think? Would you buy a Switch hardware revision? Let us know in the comments and be sure to come join in the fun in the Community forums!
SourceCode, aka Lucas Hughes, is the creator/owner of Nintendo Playroom. He spends his days primarily as a husband/father/programmer/gamer. He loves all things Nintendo and is very passionate about the Nintendo community.