According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo will release two new models of its Switch console this year, one of which will offer more power compared to the original.
Sources close to the publication said the souped-up model will be “targeted at avid videogamers,” and while it probably won’t have the power of, say, a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X, it’ll still pack a harder punch for those who want it.
Along with the enhanced version, a cheaper option is also expected to launch targeted towards the casual gamer. This will likely be marketed as a successor to the Nintendo 3DS and will come without features like controller vibration to keep costs low.
Rather than the same design with different internals, the story suggests each new model will have a new design, though not much more is known about how they’ll look or perform.
Unnamed suppliers and software developers allegedly told the WSJ that some game developers already have access to prototypes of the new consoles. The sources also say the new hardware will likely have a summer (our winter) release, so it’ll probably be announced at E3 in June and launched a few months after.
It’ll be interesting to see what Nintendo’s play ends up being, particularly in such a weird time for the industry. With Microsoft gearing up for a huge E3 in the absence of Sony, along with Google entering the space with its Stadia streaming platform, exactly what constitutes next-gen gaming is looking pretty cloudy right now, at least compared to how it’s always been.
Either way, if you’ve been considering buying a Switch, you might wanna hold off for a few months.