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TechnologyNintendo plans two new Switch models for this year: WSJ

17:30  25 march  2019
17:30  25 march  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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Nintendo plans to launch two new versions of its Switch gaming console as early as this summer, as the company seeks to sustain sales momentum for the product going into a crucial third year . The new gaming consoles will be released as early as this summer.

Realistically a new more powerful model of the Switch would have faster load times and maybe a small bump in visuals for certain first party titles rather than open the market up They aren't wrong though. It might not be released this year but we know about the "Mariko" models by data mining the firmware.

Nintendo plans two new Switch models for this year: WSJ© Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge

Nintendo is working on two new versions of the Switch that could be released as soon as this summer, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. One of the models is said to be a cheaper variant, while the other device reportedly has “enhanced features targeted at avid video gamers.”

The WSJ says the cheaper model will omit the vibration feature, suggesting that it won’t have detachable Joy-Con controllers at all; it’s said to be seen as a successor to the 3DS. Nikkei reported earlier this year that Nintendo was planning to release a smaller Switch with a focus on portability.

Nintendo Working on Smaller, Cheaper Switch For 2019 (Report)

Nintendo Working on Smaller, Cheaper Switch For 2019 (Report) Nintendo plans to release a downsized version of the Nintendo Switch later this year which will cost less and have less features, according to a Nikkei report. This is the second time rumor of a new version of the Switch hitting this year. In October, the Wall Street Journal reported on rumors that the company was working on another version of the hybrid console. This time around Nikkey reports that Nintendo has spoken with multiple suppliers and game developers about its plans to release a smaller version of the Switch as early as this year, according to the report, translated by Gematsu.

The new models are likely to be unveiled at the E3 videogame Expo in Los Angeles in June and possibly released a few months later, one person familiar with Nintendo ’s plans said. I can really understand the idea to pump out a less expensive switch specifically for this that is under 0.

Prices for the new Switch models couldn’t be learned. Nintendo has said it plans to launch two new games from the Pokémon franchise in late 2019. “Some people say sales of Nintendo ’s devices usually weaken in the third year , while others say games to be released this year are stronger than

The report doesn’t have any firm details on the higher-end model, but one source implied there was more to the revision than a simple performance boost. Even so, there’s clear room for improvement in that regard; the Switch uses Nvidia’s four-year-old Tegra X1 processor, and if Nvidia were to get back into mobile chip development for Nintendo it could make major gains in power and efficiency.

The WSJ says the new Switch hardware is likely to be announced at E3 in June.

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