Today, many video game media websites reported on an article written by The Wall Street Journal stating that “two new versions of its Switch gaming console as early as this Summer.” Though I couldn’t access the full report because of wsj.com’s subscription service, I’m going to be referencing the points noted by gamespot.com in this piece.
According to gamespot.com’s article, wsj.com states that there’ll be an improved model and “a pared-down version” that’ll sell for a lesser price compared to the current Nintendo Switch models. The former will have “‘enhanced’ features” and will be targeted toward “‘avid gamers[,]‘” yet it won’t match the specs of the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro, according to wsj.com’s article.
The other system mentioned in wsj.com’s article will serve as a cheap alternative to the current Nintendo Switch hardware sold online and via local retailers. Yet these cheap models will be targeted toward a casual audience, essentially what wsj.com’s claiming “Nintendo sees as a successor to its aging hand-held 3DS device…”
E3 2019’s allegedly the place where Nintendo will reveal both models and their plans to “launch them ‘a few months later,'” in time for the holiday season,” according to wsj.com and gamespot.com. Gamespot.com notes that one of WSJ’s sources stated, “you would be wrong to think the enhanced version is similar to what Sony did with PS4 Pro and the other is just a cheap alternative that looks very similar to some past hand-held machines, say, Sony’s PlayStation Vita.” This entails that we’re probably in for a unimaginable change with respect to these new Nintendo Switch models.
Apparently, the report also claims that the cheaper Nintendo Switch model will not have controller vibration as a means to “cut costs,” according to gamespot.com. The pricing for each system wasn’t discussed in the article either as it seems wsj.com wasn’t able to attain information or chose not to include that info from their sources.
Gamespot.com also cites wsj.com stating that Nintendo’s partnering with Sharp, potentially the “Japanese multinational corporation that designs and manufactures electronic products,” to have them assist Nintendo with the new Switch models’ displays. Gamespot.com also cites wsj.com noting that this company originally “bid to make the displays for the original Switch consoles but lost out.”
Lastly, gamespot.com reports that wsj.com was where the Nintendo Switch revision rumors sparked as word about a “a new Switch revision in 2019” was a hot topic online for awhile. I stand with gamespot.com concerning these new models allowing Nintendo Switch consumers–old and new–to play Nintendo’s past, current, and future line-up of games.
Since the highly-acclaimed gaming media event, E3, is only two months away, I’m certain we’ll get more rumors, hints, and news concerning these alleged Nintendo Switch consoles before that event begins. For now, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for any follow-ups regarding these rumors before the time comes.
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