Friday 26th March 2021. The date that Monster Hunter Rise, a brand-new and bespoke entry in Capcom's beast-battling series, will be arriving on Nintendo Switch. It's not the only game to land that day — Balan Wonderworld is scheduled to drop on the last Friday in March, too — but Capcom's game is the release which has really piqued our interest.
Not solely because it's a fresh monster hunting adventure coming to our favourite console, and not because the verticality and environment traversal (as communicated through that 'Rise' subtitle) seems to have taken a leaf out of Breath of the Wild's book. No, there's something else; something in the air that smells a bit fishy (in a good way) about that date, and we're not the only ones to notice. Could it be that Nintendo has some bigger plans for that Friday?
If you somehow missed the article title, we're talking about the oft-rumoured Nintendo Switch 'Pro', or 'New Nintendo Switch', or whatever you want to call the hypothetical upgraded version of Nintendo's all-conquering 'homeheld'. While almost entirely speculative at this point, we're beginning to see the stars align and indicate some exciting news in the not-to-distant future.
It's certainly been a very long time coming. Rumours of a hardware refresh have been rife since the launch of the original console back in 2017, and analysts have been predicting an upgraded Switch with improved specs for ages now. The standard model received a minor 'silent' refresh which improved battery life (and some of us 'upgraded' our launch models when that arrived around the same time as handheld-only Switch Lite), but the 'Pro' model remains elusive.
So what gives us this feeling in our bones? Well, for one thing, the Monster Hunter series has form when it comes to launching alongside new Nintendo SKUs. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate released at the same time as the New Nintendo 3DS, and it would be a very strong candidate to perform a similar role with Switch. MH4U was perfectly playable on original 3DS hardware, but the 'New' variant offered "a slicker and therefore slightly more enjoyable experience", as erstwhile editor Thomas Whitehead stated in Nintendo Life's review.
Capcom's series would arguably be an even better candidate than it was back then to launch alongside new hardware. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate performed very respectably back in 2015, but following the incredible success of Monster Hunter: World, which brought the long-running franchise to the attention of an even bigger audience in the West, the series has never been more popular worldwide. Rise could serve as a strong springboard for a 'New' Nintendo console; the perfect accompaniment to a new SKU if, say, you didn't have a first-party title in the pipeline that lined up precisely with the hardware's release. Or — hypothetically — if the game you had planned to launch your hardware refresh with were delayed for some reason. You know, global pandemic, that sort of thing.
following the incredible success of Monster Hunter: World, the series has never been more popular worldwide. Rise could serve as a strong springboard for a 'New' Nintendo console
This is all conjecture, of course; something which will no doubt ruffle the feathers of anyone stung by cavalier analyst predictions over the past couple of years. News that Monster Hunter Rise uses Capcom's RE (Resident Evil) Engine on Switch might raises hopes that it's taking advantage of juicier hardware, although there's nothing to back that up beyond hopes and dreams. Capcom is reportedly targeting 30fps, but hasn't hinted at any 'enhancements'.
However, the recent Switch Pro rumours feel far more substantial than past whispers. Bloomberg reports that Nintendo is advising developers to make their games '4K-ready'. Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has made reference to the company's 'next' console, and stated his belief that Switch is in the middle of its lifecycle. Switch Lite released in September 2019, so eighteen months later feels like the right time to give the Switch 'family' of systems another shot in the arm, especially with Sony and Microsoft launching their next gen consoles imminently.
It makes more sense in March than at any previous time: Nintendo gives its already-sparkling 2020/21 financial year a last second boost, the next year gets off to a flying start and Nintendo gamers have something new to play with. It also coincides with the end of the next-gen console honeymoon period, with PS5 and Xbox Series S/X gamers having burned through the launch period lineup and perhaps on the lookout for something new. Yes, everything would align perfectly.
There would be issues that might complicate matters. The economic situation, for one, is a massive problem for many people, individuals and companies alike. Even a company doing as well as Nintendo will encounter potential production hurdles. The global pandemic is a double-edged sword for the industry; it puts a massive strain on developers, manufacturers, distributors and — worst of all for platform holders — consumers' wallets.
The gaming audience might be stretched economically, but they've never been more captive.
On the other hand, demand for entertainment and diversion from the comfort of your own home has arguably never been higher. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the kind of quality evergreen game that would have done well whenever it released, but it coincidentally provided the perfect escapism for millions of players stuck at home, dreaming of going outside. The gaming audience might be stretched economically, but they've never been more captive.
We asked Nintendo Life readers what they'd like from a potential Switch Pro, with 4K output and a more powerful CPU being the most popular upgrades in our poll. An informal chat around the Nintendo Life office indicates that better 1080p/60fps performance would be gratefully received, as would a larger screen (or, more specifically, a smaller bezel) to help with small text issues in handheld mode.
However, tellingly, nobody is absolutely desperate for an improved Switch right now. Improvements would be welcome — and we'd snap up any new SKU quicker than a PS5 pre-order — but Switch in its current form fills its niche very well. If the general consensus among us (people who make their living working for a site with 'Nintendo' in the name) is that the current Switch is fulfilling our needs admirably, you have to wonder how Nintendo hopes to get a non-core audience excited about a new SKU.
If there's one thing that's certain, it's Nintendo's ability to surprise. Perhaps the upgraded hardware will simply be a new dock that upscales to 4K on your TV. It's easy to see Nintendo saving the really big upgrades — better overall CPU/GPU performance, a higher resolution screen, smaller bezel, and all that gubbins — for the next console proper. The current Switch is selling as fast as they're produced, and an optional dock upgrade would avoid segregating the audience in any way at all.
Then again, the industry has been following the smartphone model of incremental updates for several years now. Now more than ever, success as a platform holder means keeping the ball rolling with new software, iterative hardware updates and careful planning, something made more complicated by far in 2020. Recently, surprise announcements have dropped on a monthly (sometimes weekly) basis — big ones, with little or no warning — and these frequent smaller Directs do nothing if not keep the ball rolling, or plates spinning, or whatever metaphor you care to employ for keeping Switch in the conversation. With new consoles from Microsoft and Sony about to drop, Nintendo needs to fulfil current demand for the console, but also anticipate when that demand may begin to tail off.
It may be just a feeling in our waters, but everything seems to be converging around the end of March 2021. What's that? Super Mario 3D All-Stars is disappearing from the Switch eShop on March 31st, you say? We foresee a frenzied weekend of spending...
What do you think? Does the arrival of a new Monster Hunter herald other monster announcements on the horizon, or are we letting our imaginations get the better of us? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment in the usual place.
It would be a big deal if a Switch Pro would run it at 60FPS. That would be one major draw.
If that happened that would be incredible and make the Switch (Pro) my main device rather than a really good option for games.
@nessisonett imagine Breath of the Wild at 4k60 🤩
I don't know anything anymore.
If there is a hardware revision it be maybe a slightly more beefy Tegra chip. Probably run games at a higher frame rate and resolution, but don't expect it to be a new console. Think the Xbox One X and the PS4Pro last generation (that is weird to say as those consoles don't feel all that old).
@nessisonett Probably more 40 - 50fps on Switch Pro, if the New 3DS and MH4U are any indication.
Switch Pro releasing alongside Monster Hunter in March is virtually a certainty. The Switch Pro model being pushed back is now going to coincide perfectly with the big software push in March, including both Monster Hunter and Balan's Wonderland, both releasing on the same day.
I am fully expecting a Monster Hunter Rise Limited Edition Switch Pro.
Oh, here we go. Yet there was just something this morning saying they're "targeting 30 FPS".
Company: We're trying REALLY hard to at least hit 30 frames"
Internet: nEw SwItCh CoNfIrMeD
There's too much smoke going around for it to not be true.
I do believe an updated Switch model will come out in 2021. I don't think it will be a huge leap, but certainly big enough to run games at 1080p in handheld mode and maybe 1440p docked. 4K is not going to happen though.
Idk, these rumors have been circling for so long that I’m not sure I buy it. It’s a safe prediction to expect an upgraded model, so of course people who just throw out blind guesses will say that and hope to be right. But Nintendo has only ever done this with handhelds, and the Switch is in the awkward position where it’s also a home console. I think it’s a 50/50 chance at best.
Additionally... March seems too soon, I would’ve thought they’d announce it by now. Especially if they’re announcing games for then already. If we do get one, I don’t think it will be in March.
2 games available on the same day??? This must mean that theres a new version of the switch coming on that day too!!!
...Seriously is this how people think? This is why everyone is constantly disappointed as they get these ridiculous ideas from nothing
I agree with the article. If Nintendo wanted to release an upgraded refresh, waiting until March- 4 years after the Switch release- is a good idea. I’d jump on it in a heartbeat
@Ralizah True but Switch was already somewhat outdated when it came out and mobile tech has come a long way in those years. If they aim for a £350-£400 price point then it could be done.
I was thinking this too! I still have my MH4 silver New 3DS. I haven’t been willing to sink time into a Monster Hunter game since then, but a fancy upgraded Monster Hunter Decorated Switch could do the trick for me!
I'm fairly confident a new and more powerful Switch revision is coming next year, but I highly doubt Monster Hunter's release is indicative if it's upcoming existence
"This is all conjecture, of course;"
It's beyond conjecture. It's complete fan fiction.
At most Nintendo manages to improve the cooling system and add a bigger(denser) battery and as such able to fully unlock the current Tegra X1 SoC to run at max clock speeds.
That would be a roughly 30-35% performance improvement over the current Switch with locked Tegra X1 SoC.
@HotGoomba no need to imagine. It exists in emulation. https://youtu.be/hyz5zG_txsA
I hope not. I like the current model.
If Nintendo announce a new Nintendo switch, not just a smallll upgrade like battery, screen etc lol.
But more power better video card etc. If that happends i dont need a ps5 or xbox series x.
Then its just PC gaming and Switch, or other way arround, switch 2 or pro first PC second.
If anything I'm on the side of a upgraded dock first. It's a safe way to test the waters and start getting the ball rolling in the direction of the next full revision (for developers and consumers). Something like that seems to me more of Nintendo's style. I'm sure there's a lot more examples but what comes to mind is the 3DS circle pad pro thing. Wasn't too long after they pushed that thing then the "New Nintendo 3DS XL" wasn't far behind it with it essentially built in.
Even with pop-in, dipping framerate and variable resolution, the fact that a game as impressive as Monster Hunter Rise will be available on Switch Lite will be a huge deal, combined with Monster Hunter's increased brand power in the West after World.
Upgrading to the Switch Pro will most likely provide improvements to Monster Hunter Rise like improved resolution, improved framerate, reduced pop-in, and perhaps some dynamically improved textures like ground, trees, etc.
@nessisonett I'm actually expecting a change in pricing, something like Switch Lite $150 > OG Switch $250 > Switch Pro $350. I'm not expecting Switch Pro to sell for $400, although I'm prepared to still pay that much.
Plenty of things could and do. It's the "horizon" itself that remains unsurprisingly debated. But conspirologists and "insiders" aren't perplexed - they just keep predicting "Switch Pro" every year and harvesting clicks until one day when this "prediction" finally sticks. Indeed, it's not like the odds of Nintendo rolling out a new console are getting any lower over time.😆
A 4K Switch is simply never happening. Even the most powerful mobile GPU can't handle 4K gaming natively. A 4K Switch will be around 1000 dollar or more. With a RTX 3080 built in. Because that would be the required hardware to run Switch games at 4K.
Sure you can have DLSS 4K but that is just upscaling and it wouldn't look any better than 1080p. (Which the current Switch doesn't handle all that well).
I think there will be a "stable" 1080p60 Switch sometime. With maybe DLSS upscaling. But 4K is absolutely impossible.
And yes I 100% believe that Nintendo will make a new console someday. I could even see a Switch pro happening. A new console could come in 2024, with an updated Switch in 2021.
In that case, shouldn't Nintendo wait and release Super Mario 3D on this very date? It's scheduled for February.
@Paulo 3D World is a Wii U game, the Switch is perfectly capable to run Wii U games. Also if they release an updated Switch it would be really easy for them to update existing games.
It's does, next March is what was translated from a script of a recent Nintendo meeting, or so the rumours suggest.
@Jeronan 30% boost pushes games like botw, odyssey, mario tennis aces, Diablo, to 1080p. It also boosts Kirby, links awakening, luigis mansion 3 to 60fps. That is exactly what I am asking for. People make it out like those that want a switch pro somehow think it will be xbox series s/x like. There's plenty of us that just want our current games to run better.
That said I'd always take a sea of thieves port.
@HotGoomba Think you’d be better looking into Cemu for that than Nintendo. 4K Switch is a pipe dream imo, unless there are serious breakthroughs with upscaling tech.
Don't think we will be seeing this almighty powerful Switch or docked only Switch people keep pulling out of thin air. Of course would love to be proven wrong but it doesn't sound very Nintendo like to release a very expensive version of a Switch as there is no way they will sell the console at a loss.
Also the "verticality" stuff with the arm grabby thing (I have the best terminology!) was taken from Toukiden, not any inspiration from Botw I would think. We could use some Toukiden ports while we are at it.
This is wildly speculative?
The whole article could've been summed up as "They did it with MH on 3DS, maybe they'll do it for Switch too"
People have been predicting a Switch Pro since shortly after the original was released. I think it'll happen eventually, but I don't think we are quite there yet. If anything it'll be minor upgrades like the current compared to the original. What I'm expecting first is a dock upgrade. There was that whole patent a while back for a "supplemental computing device" that they still have to work with. I can see them doing a new package with the current Switch and an upgraded dock that provides extra resources to help games run and look even better, and also selling the upgraded dock on it's own for existing Switch owners. Once that's done I can see them bringing out a stronger Switch tablet after a year or two.
I'd like a new 'full fat' model to be a bit lighter. For a handheld the original Switch isn't great for long handheld sessions.
I don't think we are getting a pro, I do think we are getting an updated model though that is superior to the current one that could be a bit faster but nothing like some people have been thinking. I think we will see a new version that can actually push out a locked 1080p resolution that is not dynamic, and it will probably play games a bit better too.
@ShadJV I don't think I agree with March being too soon. Nintendo's closed in on reveal timings recently, and the New Nintendo 3DS only had between a month and a month and a half (depending on region) between reveal and release. The Switch Lite had a full 2 months, as did the 3DS XL. The DSi had less than a month between reveal and release, though I can't find a definitive date for it was revealed.
So if this is true, expect a reveal in January or February for the system.
I have a feeling they will reiterate BOTW as a launch game and release BOTW2 and the New Switch at the same time. I plan on buying both if the New Switch leaves the forbidden realm of rumour.
Whats it gonna be Nintendo, The New Nintendo Switch, The Switch Pro, or the Switch Series S.
@sanderev your reply is tecnhically perfect. But I'm talking about hype and expectancy. Why make people buy a Switch in February if the new model is due in March?
My guess is that if there is a new more powerful 4k switch is that it's going to be a home console non-portable, it would make a trio of consoles , the switch lite portable only, the switch portable and home console and the switch 4k only home console.
I wish I could call Nintendo and say do it already and go 4K either with a dock doing it or handheld and slap an over $400 price tag on it (the tech is there, use it); THEY WILL BUY IT! Just look at what just happened to the PS5 manhunt that occurred! In your recent meeting you even hinted at R&D looking into tech going past prior comfortable price points...the meeting where ALL podcast were saying someone was going to announce retirement probably and that was all to the meeting most likely.
An article based on pure speculation! Rumours keep gaming websites in work these days.
How about a review of the new Ori game instead of these bu115hit articles
They're not going to announce anything until after Christmas, Switch sales are great so why stall that with an announcement of Switch Pro, makes no sense to a business to do that.
I can see a Pro Dock being announced for Monster Hunter and the Breath of the Wild sequel.
Could be the reason why the port of Doom Eternal has been so quiet too, Panic Button getting it optimised for the Pro.
"...1080p/60fps performance would be gratefully received"
So now 60fps does matter 😅😉
I’m not sure I need a pro as I’m still only 2k on my tv. If it’s got more improvements on the inside then maybe, if there’s a MHR pro edition then I’m sold!
I really hope they aren’t thinking of launching BOTW2 in March as well cus this will kill MHR sales.
This article is... Reaching
Funny how I was advocating for 1080p 60fps a few months ago and a large segment of people on here thought I was being unrealistic and or it wasn't necessary. I said then that once xbox series x and ps5 come out people will think differently. The systems went up for preorder and here we are now a large segment wanting 1080p with upscalling to 4k.
30 FPS works too, ya know 😉😉
If they do that, they should announce the new hardware before Christmas, so people will save money to buy the new Nintendo console and not Xbox Series X or PS5.
I'm planning to get a PS5, but I won't be able to afford another console soon after. And Nintendo does have its priority for me.
@Lugazz Well then you're going to have to read between the lines and assume Nintendo is going to release a new model in 2021. Nintendo's shareholders would never allow them to announce publicly, "Hey everyone, please don't buy our Switch consoles for Christmas, because we're releasing a new model in less than 6 months."
@lumothesinner and yet often these things turn out to be true...
The og switch with an mclassic can do wonders on a 4k tv.
If NL is going to go all out of it's mind predicting a "Switch Pro" on the premise of 1, or even 2, games, might as well go all in and predict the more likely candidate "Switch DS" seeing as how all of those other great Monster Hunter games - MHU3, MHU4, MHG, MHS - ran on the 2 screen 3DS.
MHS2 and MHR, that's 2 games that work better on 2 screens.
Plus Nintendo just stopped 3DS production. Need a another 2 screen console to keep that clam shell design going.
I mean, if your going to predict things, predict something that makes sense. 😉
man we got alot of debbie downer fandom here trolling. I suspect these aren't Nintendo fan but Trollers instead. They keep saying Nintendo can't do it yet the Switch did it in March 2017 and when rumors/specs are floating oh-no this can't be true they should stay with old tech and that would be fine. These are the very mindset that never makes innovation. If one had been following the Nintendo innovations could've guess that some more in the way of 3DS XL becoming Switch was in the works and for those to think otherwise is why they are on the sidelines. I think a Switch 2 or Pro will be out in March 2021 to coincide with BOTW2 and MHR (if by chance) to showcase how far the Switch has come. It's this technological leap that scares NintenDoomed fandom that they think of every possible debbie downer they can grap for in hopes their fantasy will come true but sadly Tech evolution continues and debbie downer gets left in the piles of old tech to wallow in their fantasy. That's what going to happen and they they will say oh I knew that all along-yea right on....NOT!
AS to wait for Xmas release to buy the Switch 2021 that is up to you to wait or buy xbox/psx trying to use that as excuse is just pretty lame here. If you didn't already have previous xbox/psx game to play makes no logical reason here.
Still not believing any of this. 1.who would buy a switch if they already had one, instead of buying a ps5 with no disc reader for 100 dollars more than a switch, or Xbox series s for the price of a switch to have new experiences? 2. There’s no way a console as tiny as a switch would be able to run 4K. 3. Why would they release a new console in March, if this year they are trying to make everybody by the current switch to play 3D all stars? Read between the lines and don’t get your hopes so high people.
I think there will be a new Switch bundle with MonHun Rise theme.
It’s definitely possible. I’d give it a 50/50 chance of happening.
It’s strange they didn’t show a MH themed Switch, which every single MH has gotten on Nintendo handhelds dating all the way back to MH3U on 3DS, and then MH4U, MH Gen, and even MH Gen Ult on Switch.
Plus March is usually around the time they release one. That’s when the New 3DS with MH4U launched. And there was at least two separate reports of suppliers that are ramping up for a new model in the fourth quarter and a report of Nintendo telling developers to get their games 4K ready (probably via DLSS, there’s just no other way they could do it, even then I suspect that’s more of a next generation switch kinda thing).
If they do release a new Switch for Monster Hunter, I’m all over it.
Who? A gobsmacking ton of people, that’s who. Less than 1% in CAG stats showed members bought a digital console. That’s number one. Doesn’t matter how cheap it is if people don’t want it digital only. Especially with 100 GB plus games and a 825gb SSD that’s likely only 700gb free of space. Not to mention most people already have a PC, or at the VERY least a PS4 and X1, it seems any major exclusives on the horizon are coming to current Gen systems or PC (Horizon 2 on PS4, Spider-Man is just DLC for a PS4 game, Demons Souls is a PS3 game AND coming to PC), and frankly I don’t think people are that eager to pay $70 for games (€80 in EU).
So ya, with Monster Hunter Rise, even without a switch pro I’m willing to bet a ton of people are reconsidering buying new consoles that don’t really have any compelling software you won’t already be able to play. Especially at $700 after tax and a game or two which are just current gen games anyways.
I seriously doubt switch would be able to run at 4K, agreed there, but if DLSS is utilized that’s another story. Monster Hunter World on my PC jumped from 50fps to over 100fps in 4K Ultra. Death Stranding DLSS 4k looks better than native 4k but at the cost of 1080p for performance. If a Pro can ensure 1080p then DLSS 2.0 or some variation for Switch could output that at 1440p - 2160p for the cost of 1080p all day.
Even so I’m not really expecting 4K. But even a little bump could help iron out frame rates and prevent low dips on dynamic res. That’s worth far more to me than $600-700 for the privilege of buying DMC5 again for $50 but with a white box instead of blue (but of course, I have a PC which outclasses both new consoles, and it gets 99% of games PS/Xbox gets, not to mention MS exclusives and now, even many Sony exclusives). The benefit of a Switch Pro will certainly be more impactful to many gamers. Not everyone, obviously, but many.
Why do I even bother with actually saving money anymore?
@JaxonH I doubt 4k, at least in handheld. But 60 fps is something they might aim for, which will be awesome. There is definetely the technology for it, and at one point Nintendo had better hardware than anyone, so I think there might actually be a chance.
And everybody who preordered the game gets the pro for free then or what?
Oh, for sure, there’s NO possible way they’ll do that in handheld, not with DLSS, not even the next gen Switch could do that. We’re staying at 720p handheld. A pro would simply ensure we actually hit 720p in handheld. It is possible DLSS could render in 1080p handheld for the computing cost of 720p though, but that’s the absolute best case scenario.
The key is DLSS, which is the single greatest advancement of the decade besides raytracing, and even then it might be more impactful. But I have my doubts about DLSS support in a Pro, because Switch would need Nvidia’s Tensor Cores to be able to utilize it, I just don’t see that kind of redesign for a mid generation refresh. For next gen? Probably. Hopefully. But I just don’t know how they would integrate tensor cores halfway through the generation. But we’ll see.
Without DLSS, there’s just no way they’re coming close to 4k in a handheld system. Even the X1X couldn’t do 4k for every game, and that was at 30fps. And a mid gen refresh wouldn’t even come close to a base X1, so there’s just no way. It’s either DLSS or bust. But if there’s one thing I have to say about working with Nvidia it’s that they should take advantage of Nvidia’s tech. They have this amazing new machine learning technology that can help gaming systems output 4k at the computing cost of 1080p... that’s EXACTLY what a lower spec system like Switch needs. So they should use it! Capitalize on that ASAP!
@JaxonH Yes, if they do DLSS, while also just improving the hardware to make it run smoother, it will do much better. Only treadeoff I can see is games looking like crap in handheld mode, but I don't think that will be a MAJOR problem.
Eh, as someone who isn't much into PlayStation exclusives anymore and doesn't have time for another console, a Switch Pro would be way more attractive to me than a PS5. PS5 digital is only $400 but the games will be $70 on top of that.
@HobbitGamer seriously these rumors are getting out of hand x_x
Like... "new Monsters Hunters games tend to release with new Nintendo sku. Kissy look at Monsyer Hunter 4U!"
And like... i'm pretty sure that 3DS Monster Hunters Generations didn't wait for a SKU.
And pretty sure Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, following in the steps of Tri, on PSP didn't involve a new Nintendo SKU...
People need to realize that Rise ain't Monster Hunter 6 and a new "gen" but just "Portable World".
You can even see how the environments are simpler than World. And though Arzuros look nice, he's not THAT nicer than older games where few appeared to be necessarily a sign of new hardware coming up.
There’s no way they won’t refresh the flagship model form factor. It needs it and Nintendo knows it.
At least once a month, from almost as soon as the Switch launched, people have been finding new reasons to believe that a Switch Pro is just around the corner. The rumor mill just keeps on turning.
One of these days it will be true. Maybe this March. Maybe next October. Maybe in 2022. Eventually it will happen, and then we can start spinning rumors about the upcoming Nintendo Hyperbeast that will be replacing the Switch Pro, like, any day now. Calling it now, it will have 8K and will include a VR setup, because that's the other rumor that has been going around since roughly the early Nineties.
@Ludovsky Yup. And you're right, while it does look nice, it doesn't scream beautiful to me.
Pro model with BotW2, Mk9 and some other exclusives.
Why would they go with 4K? Not everyone has a 4K TV, it takes more than that for Nintendo to do it. Most people had HD TV when the Wii came out but yet it was not HD
That's exactly what I was thinking. Something that could handle the heat.@Nephestinus
No they’re giving themselves as much wiggle room as possible to release before the end of Q1 given all the delays that are hammering the industry.
Enough people keep guessing and someone is gonna be right.
Doesn't mean it was anything more than a guess though.
@Slowdive Monster Hunter Rise is just one of the hints.
Put BOTW2 along that release as well and most likely a new Switch is coming out in March 2020 aka March 2017.....Ring a bell anyone...And most likely they won't announce it til start of 2021 to ramp up the new production to get it marketed to the masses. Then it will be aka 1080p (Portable) and 4k (Docked) as people or trolls try to conflate one for the other in hopes their fantasy stops the Switch. So again Koolaid drinkers...
1. 1080p (portable)
2. 4K (docked)
So your misguided fantasy is hitting the koolaid to hard and needs to sobber up first.
@Rexenoboy Wuh... 1440p docked? You're expecting a handheld more powerful than a base PS4 for instance? That'd be pretty impressive.
I hope they actually go through with it, rather than just letting the Switch fizzle out like the Wii did. Come on, Nintendo! You know we all want to play BotW 2 and all our Switch games in the best way possible! Don't want history to repeat itself here. Wii was underpowered and non-HD. Switch is finally HD but now other consoles are 4k. It's giving me deja vu.
Don't get me wrong, I don't care about 4k. I want a portable Switch with a no-bezel 1080p screen, and smooth 1080p docked gameplay. With the power to get ports of games like FFXV and an internal HDD/SDD to actually have enough storage for things. Maybe then we could even get a FFXIV port which I'd personally like.
A 4K dock? I don't think that's how AI upscaling works. Besides, if Nintendo told developers to make their games 4K-ready, then that means they must be readying '4K assets'.
4K assets immediately mean you're running your game natively on 4K. Doesn't it sounds interesting that Nintendo is telling developers to do something instead of themselves taking care of it?
I now think we're having new hardware for either March or April. To be honest, it sounds like the hybrid hardware concept is here to stay, and Nintendo has faith on incremental updates that upgrade specs but remain commited to the single framework.
And what economic situation? I won't believe such "thing" will even affect the next consoles.
I think 4K is an awfully high expectation for the inevitable switch refresh, there's no way they'd pull that off in a mid-gen upgrade. I'd just expect bigger screen, better battery life, and some minor, yet notable, bumps in resolution and performance.
Either way, I'm just glad that Capcom is making a bespoke MH for the Switch. Whether there's a Pro coming or not, I'd say we've been long overdue for a proper new entry on Nintendo hardware. I LOVED GenU, but that was a retread of a game which itself was a retread; I'm ready to try out something new here.
A new dock would be more reasonable.
While I do not think there is any evidence in this article to suggest an updated switch, I would love one with better build quality. I don't really care about the performance so much, but obviously that would be nice. My switch has cracks from general use, mostly around the docking port. Joycons are flimsy things and pop off my console during gameplay. I would love a dockable switch lite without detachable bits, with a metal case, proper thumb sticks and 1080p. Smaller dock too.
I would say most definitely If the footage shown is any kind of true representation. It looks superior to what the current model would output. We know it's coming anyway after Nintendo began informing developers to prioritize 4k resolution.
@Moistnado how on earth do your joycons pop-off???
@Ulysses Yeah, sure. But isn't exactly this what the article is about? New hardware to go for Monster Hunter Rise better performance, etc? If the system is to launch first half of 2021, I would like for it to be announced before 2021.
Of course Nintendo is working on a new hardware. It's silly to think they are not, even if Switch sales are going strong. But when it will actually be released, we can't tell for certain.
One thing is dead certain. Nintendo WON'T release something that's just different in terms of power. There HAS to be something unique with the system.
The New 3DS couldn't be launched until the 3D effect followed your head movements instead of needing to stick to one spot with the previous model. The Switch lite was created to hone in on the portable and make the Switch pocketable.
@YANDMAN they slide out of their rails sometimes if there is too much movement. Flimsy.
I think it's possible. Technology has advanced quite a bit since the base PS4 launched in 2013, especially on mobile devices.
Everyone's speculating about the Switch upgrade and I'm just here blissfully enjoying Hades
I'll believe it when I see it. All this speculation gets annoying and doesn't come true often.
And I find the unrealistic expectations of the "switch pro" even more absurd.
@Moistnado woah! they must be really worn. I've probably only detached mine ten times since i have owned it, so mine are really tight. i can almost guarantee it will have a stronger form factor.
@YANDMAN the plastic form makes them kinda wobble and flex, so even when they don't pop out, they feel like they might. The plastic is also cracked from being placed in the dock inaccurately and there are scratches on the screen from the dock too. i would like something more premium like the Gameboy micro was.
@Rexenoboy Oh I definitely think it's possible. Possible at a decent price point? That I'm not 100% sure about.
@Lugazz Even if Nintendo releases the Switch Pro in February alongside 3D World, they will never announce it before 2021. The holiday season is too profitable for every company, and to reveal their post-holiday plans would inevitably conflict with consumer purchases made for Christmas.
The only thing you can do as a Nintendo consumer is remind yourself that the Switch is at the halfway point in its lifecycle, which is about the time when Nintendo rolls out a model refresh, combining that logic with multiple reports that Nintendo not only delayed its model refresh this year, but also other reports claiming they are rescheduling it for early next year.
Yeah, of course it would be nice if Nintendo fully informed their customers of every plan they have; it would be nice if Nintendo announced the exact year their next generation console will launch so that I can rearrange my finances perfectly. But they will never do that. Why? Because maybe I'll pull the trigger on a different Switch model, various accessories, or extra games the year before they announce the Switch 2. Because not knowing when exactly they will do everything makes more money for Nintendo. And every other business for that matter.
So as much as you like to complain about how virtuous it would be for Nintendo to accurately and perfectly inform their customers on exactly what they are doing (I have noticed you make similar complaints in various articles), Nintendo will NEVER do that, never ever.
You're just going to have to move on from that idea and make financial assumptions: is your purchasing priorities Nintendo > Playstation? Then pass on PS5 on the assumption that you might need that money for Nintendo purchases in 2021. That simple. Or: PS5 > 2021 Nintendo purchases? Then purchase the PS5 now and make your peace on passing on Nintendo purchases in 2021.
@Ulysses Whoa man, easy, easy! Well, first thank you for taking your time to write such a huge reply. Sure, no company wants to lose the sales opportunities for holiday season.
Probably I wasn't that clear, but the thing is that I, myself, nicknamed Lugazz, would be very pleased to know some months in advance about a new Nintendo hardware coming out by first quarter / half of 2021. I did not complain about anything lol
@Lugazz My bad! It's too easy to get harsh online before you realize it. Didn't mean any offense!
@Ulysses No worries man, same is valid for me. No offense taken at all!
Meanwhile, back at the Ranch, people are still posting to this article! Nintendolife.com hit her pretty close to the mark for this one; wonder if this is the longest thread? I have previously posted, but want to keep this House Party going.
This is getting stupid already, there won’t be a Switch Pro release next year, as the regular one is selling really well, so introducing a Pro one at a possibly higher price would be the equivalent of Nintendo shooting itself in the foot (or Sega pulling a 32x).
All these rumors are as far fetched as the speculations that plagued the internet last year, only to turn out that it wasn’t such a colossal upgrade at all.
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