The Nintendo Switch is a year-old, and since first coming on the scene back in 2017, the home/handheld console hybrid has gone on to achieve great things. However, when compared to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Pro, the Switch isn’t that impressive, so will there ever be a follow-up?
Whenever the Japanese company releases a new home console, it doesn’t usually launch a new one until multiple years down the line, but the same can’t be said for its handheld machines.
If we look back at history, Nintendo released hardware refresh for the popular Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and 3DS handheld gaming devices within the second year of them being on the market.
Is This Possible with the Switch?
OK, so as stated, the Switch is a hybrid gaming machine, but its internals is primarily based on mobile technology. In fact, the base system itself is a handheld console, and for it to work on a TV, users must attach it to a secondary device.
Therefore, it’s safe to say the Switch is mobile gaming device first, while the home aspect plays second fiddle.
With this in mind, then, it’s safe to say Nintendo will release a version 2.0 of the Switch in 2019. The company has yet to talk about such plans, but a recent report from the Wall Street Journal gives us hope a Switch version 2.0 is definitely on the cards.
The publication claims Nintendo, at this time, is focusing more on improving the console’s online service along with releasing more compatible accessories. However, the chances of a new version of the product in 2019 are quite high.
What Should We Expect from an Upgraded Nintendo Switch?
Since the Switch is more of a mobile gaming system, the company should not negate the fact that it competes with high-end smartphones and other mobile devices.
Now, smartphone manufacturers upgrade their range of products on a yearly basis, which means, they’ll eventually surpass Nintendo’s system in performance.
To stay ahead of the pack, Switch version 2.0 must contain improved GPU, a newer version of the Nvidia Tegra chipset, and more RAM. The size of the display is fine as it is, but you know what’s not fine? The thumb-sticks.
Most importantly, Nintendo must look into how it can deliver better battery life for version 2.0 of the Switch. A new Tegra CPU is a good start, but at the same time, there needs to be a bigger battery at the helm to keep gamers entertained while on the train.
Don’t Worry, a New Switch Won’t Replace the Current
You might be wondering if a new version of the Nintendo Switch will see the current console go the way of the dinosaurs. We’re here to say that won’t be the case at all. The company will simply cut the price of the old machine, and potentially sell the new one at $299.
Additionally, all games for the “now” device should work just fine on the newer version. Furthermore, all new games should be playable on both systems but expect the new device to have an increase in video game performance.