27 March, 2019
Expanding on a rumour they first published previous year, The Wall Street Journal now reports that Nintendo is planning on releasing two new models of the Switch, and both may be out in 2019. Such offerings aren't without precedent for Nintendo; the 2DS is an intentional "downgrade" of the 3DS, delivering a cheaper and more friendly option aimed at the younger segment of Nintendo's audience. One of the devices is indeed geared towards more casual gamers and takes cues from the history of Nintendo's 3DS devices, the new report said, and the second device will be more powerful than a normal Switch and will be geared more towards dedicated players.
According to the new report, Nintendo's more powerful Switch won't rival the PS4 or Xbox, but that's not too surprising. The other would be a "cheaper option" meant to replace the aging Nintendo DS, whose sales have finally started to collapse. The sources also claimed the cheaper version, like the 2DS, will be more "kid-proof". And, perhaps not so coincidentally, Nintendo's share price has spiked since markets opened on Monday, following the report's release.
While a series of unnamed sources mean that the story can not be confirmed, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see Nintendo announce new Switch hardware.
The new models may be launched at the E3 2019 video game expo in Los Angeles in June, with a wider release possible months later, the Journal said, citing one person familiar with the plans.
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Those that have reportedly seen the devices state that they are both "different from the original and you'd be surprised".
But now Eurogamer - another reputable and largely trustworthy source - has corroborated the WSJ, basically confirming beat for beat what the initial rumors suggested.
Nintendo Switch was the best selling console a year ago but it is coming towards the middle of it's lifespan. The Switch is now powered by Nvidia's four-year-old Tegra X1 processor, so there is definitely room for improvement there.