In March, the Nintendo Switch will have been on the market for two whole years. With advancements in technology being as fast as they are, and with demand for bigger and better gaming experiences growing at a similar rate, seeing console revisions midway through a system's life has become almost guaranteed in recent years.
Of course, it's impossible to know for sure whether or not Nintendo is planning to release a revised edition of the Switch in the near future; we certainly expect to see something in the next year or two, but that would be pure speculation on our part. We're not alone in these predictions, though, as gaming analysts appear to be thinking the same thing, albeit with much bolder claims.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Dr. Serkan Toto, CEO of Kantan Games, and Michael Pachter, analyst at Wedbush Securities, have shared what they think Nintendo will do in 2019. Toto expects to see 'Pro' and 'Lite' models of the system (or at least a price cut), while Pachter expects to see a revision which does away with the switching nature of the console altogether.
Dr. Serkan Toto: Switch Pro and Lite - "While the 2019 Switch Pro has been already reported to be in development by the Wall Street Journal, I also think Nintendo will offer a "Switch Lite" (or just keep the current version at a lower price) to cover the lower end of the spectrum and offset sinking 3DS sales."
Michael Pachter: Nintendo will launch a fully handheld version of the Switch at $199. "I expect the device to have the same screen, but with Joy Cons built into the body and no docking station. Since it can't "switch" from handheld to console, it's hard to guess what they will call it, but let's assume Game Boy (kidding)."
Dr. Serkan Toto also believes that the Switch will benefit from "at least one new game from the mega-franchises owned by EA, Activision or Take-Two" as part of his expectation that the console will see "a lot more games" from third-party developers this year. You can read the full thoughts of both analysts here if you're interested.
Do you agree with any of these predictions? Do you think Nintendo will release a new Switch in 2019, similar to how the 3DS has seen multiple revisions over the years? Let us know in the comments below.