We’re now getting reports from multiple different sources which claim that we may be getting a new Nintendo Switch model in 2021. The latest of these reports comes from Bloomberg’s Takashi Mochizuki. He claims that this new Nintendo Switch model might feature support for 4K resolution.
Nintendo May Be Planning To Release Upgraded Switch In Early 2021
It may also come with some brand-new first-party games. These games may be the reason behind Nintendo slowing down the release of new games for this year, the report says. Bloomberg’s report comes soon after Taiwanese outlet Ec0nomic Daily News also claimed something similar.
They stated that Nintendo was planning to launch a new Switch model in Q1 2021. We’ve heard murmurs of a more powerful Nintendo Switch model for months now. As VGC notes, DigiTimes, another Taiwanese outlet, said that this Nintendo would start manufacturing a new model in Q1 2020, with a launch soon after.
Rumours Of A More Powerful Switch Have Persisted For Months
If we turn the clock back even further, Mochizuki himself claimed something similar back in 2019. At the time, he wrote for The Wall Street Journal. None of this is official information, but it’s hard to ignore these rumours. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
I do think Nintendo is planning some sort of upgraded version of their hybrid system. They may not end up releasing it in early 2021 as these reports are stating. However, that wouldn’t be a bad time frame to give the Nintendo Switch a boost in performance.
Nintendo Might Be Waiting For The PS5 And Xbox Series X To Launch
Sony and Microsoft are planning to release the PS5 and Xbox Series X in late 2020, after all. So, if these reports hold true, Nintendo may be waiting till those systems are out before they release a more powerful system.
They may not be in a hurry to do so, though. The Switch is still selling extremely well. In a three-month span ending in June 2020, the Switch sold 5.5 million units, noted VGC. That’s more than a 160% increase in sales from the same period in 2019. In total, the Switch has managed to sell 61 million units since its launch in March 2017. Clearly, interest in the system has not died down yet.