A report from The Wall Street Journal has suggested that two new versions of the Nintendo Switch could be launching as soon as this year. Now, Japanese publication Nikkei reveals that their sources have informed them that that one of these consoles will indeed be geared more towards portable play.
Bloomberg also reports that we could see the cheaper, more portable version of the Nintendo Switch as soon as the end of June. Additional publications have also confirmed that their sources suggest that is the most likely release window at this time.
Nintendo is likely gearing up to reveal two new takes on the Switch at E3 in June, according to WSJ. One of these new versions of the Switch would reportedly be a high-end edition with “enhanced features” that is “targeted at avid video gamers.” The other new version of the Switch, meanwhile, is expected to be a cheaper edition that is aimed at a more casual market.
It certainly sounds like the more casual Switch will be the one that is designed with portable play in mind. However, it sounds like you’ll still be able to hook this Switch up to a TV if you wish to do so. That raises some questions regarding what the difference between that Switch and the current model really is. Interestingly, The Wall Street Journal claims that the cheaper variation of the Switch won’t have the vibration feature, which could mean that the Joy-Con controllers do not detach from the console at all. That would make playing on the device on television much more difficult, but it’s possible that it will utilize a cable instead of a dock and suffer from some slightly reduced performance.
As for what extras the high-end version of the Nintendo Switch would entail, we don’t have many details at the moment. However, it sounds like the development of this version of the console may have been delayed. Actually, it sounds like the development of the console may be stuck in the design stage. As with all the other information included in this report, though, that information is not official at this time.
These reports come not long after Shuntaro Furukawa, the president of Nintendo stated that the company is “not considering a successor or a price cut [for the Nintendo Switch] at this time.” Semantically speaking, releasing two new versions of the current Switch – one mega version and one cheap edition – doesn’t completely contradict that statement. Right?
If Nintendo does announce this around E3, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.