Rumours of a more powerful Switch SKU have been doing the rounds for what feels like forever, with industry insiders stating pretty emphatically that a "Switch Pro" (or whatever you want to call it) is on the way next year. Given Nintendo's penchant for refreshing its hardware on a regular basis, this is hardly a shocking development – nor is the fact that the company's executives refuse to be drawn on such gossip.
In an interview with Polygon, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser was asked once again about the possibility of a new Switch console in 2021, and he gave exactly the kind of reply you'd expect:
Let me just break it down. First, we’re always looking at technology. And as we know, technology is constantly evolving and changing. And we’re always looking at what is coming to determine: How can it enhance and improve the gameplay experience? And whether that’s on a current platform, or whether that’s on a future platform, we’re always looking at that.
However, we also see right now — and we just talked about it — that the momentum on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite in the fourth year is strong. And we believe we’re changing the trajectory of another typical console life cycle. And we will continue, for the foreseeable future, to really lean into both of those platforms and the content that comes with it, because it’s the symbiotic relationship that makes the real difference. And it’s why Nintendo Switch is so differentiated.
First, the hardware form factor, obviously, is something — that you have a gaming system that you can play at home as a console, and you can take on the go and play in handheld mode virtually anywhere — is unique and remains unique within the industry. But then the way we build games onto the platform, and the way partners build games onto the platform, is really what matters and the experience that you have when you play. So that’s what we’ll continue to lean into as we go into really what will be the fifth year of Nintendo Switch. And as Mr. [Shuntaro] Furukawa [president of Nintendo] mentioned in his corporate management policy briefing, we believe we’re just at the midpoint of this life cycle on this platform.
Having digested the rather lengthy reply, Polygon queried if the expanded lifespan of the Switch is giving Nintendo the chance to do things little differently this time around, and Bowser agreed:
It allows us to to manage the life cycle differently, I would say. I think that’s the easiest way to put it. Right now, with the momentum that we have, our focus will be on the existing form factors.
So there's no Switch Pro coming, then? Well, Nintendo's refusal to confirm upcoming projects has meant precious little in the past and the company will only talk about new hardware on its own terms, and when it's ready to do so. At the moment, momentum is indeed behind the Switch and Switch Lite, so officially confirming that a new model is on the horizon just before the busiest shopping period of the year wouldn't make good business sense. However, until more solid evidence is forthcoming, it's easy to see why so many are sceptical that a Switch Pro is on the way.
Someone's gonna be like "'Existing form factors', huh? Switch Pro exist somewhere. Switch Pro confirmed!" 😅
It's the same script every time isn't it? Must of read variations on that reply a dozen times down the years.
Me? I'm not particularly hungry for a new gen Switch just yet. I was gladdened to hear they feel it's half way through the cycle. Plenty of great games to come, not too mention the giant back log I'm accumulating.
They're always working on new consoles, and they're always developing multiple new games all the time.
That isn't news, we just have to wait and see what actually materialises.
when you gotta reach the character minimum on an essay
The thing with Nintendo is that they'll literally say this until the day before they announce a Switch Pro. Statements like this mean nothing. And I don't know that the president of the US branch would even have clearance to reveal the existence of anything like this, even if he wanted to. He's basically subservient in most regards to the leadership in Japan, as far as I understand it.
I would be all in for a switch pro that made it easier for third party games. I want the option to buy some of the big third party games that won’t take another developer months long to make it playable on the switch after it’s been out for a while.
Can't wait for the article about Doug's comments on ACNH content updates. Spoiler alert: there will be more after March of 2021.
Switch Pro to have new form factor confirmed ! 😰
Even if we just believe his words, that would still only exclude new form factors, not a new revision using the same form factors. So another non-answer or no "Switch TV-only"/"Switch VR" at best.
It’s clear switch pro are coming. The PR answer is no different than third pillar comment Nintendo
tend to throw out.
For the new people around this website/Nintendo news related websites. This same marketing nonsense has also been said about the New 3DS XL. Also about the Switch lite.
Holy crap, did Doug Bowser say anything of substance in that interview at all? He just refused to answer and deflected questions!
History has retrospectively put such statements under a magnifying lens in hindsight, if previous system revisions and non-confirmations are anything to go by. I do agree that the Switch and Switch Lite have insane momentum right now, so I doubt now is quite the time for a new Switch revision.
How does one man manage to speak so much but say so little?
I just want more varied color variants for Switch Lite. All the ones available now are way too pastelly.
A Switch Pro where all the games made for it would have to be made to run on the older hardware really has no need to exist. What else could you get? Higher resolution or better framerates? That power couldn't be used to make larger games or new experiences. Let the Switch have its good one or two more years of life and then release the next one just as that momentum starts to die down. The technology to offer a major leap forward in graphical prowess in a portable form factor will have matured and gone down in price.
Also they should comission NVidia to make their next chip too. Full backwards compatibility of older games with instant boost to performance for your existing library is one of the best features of the new gen and NVidia is also miles ahead of AMD (PS5, Series X/S) in terms of ray tracing and AI upscaling. You could release another hybrid portable/home system in 2 years from now, based either on the current Ampere 8nm tech NVidia is already selling or their rumoured TSMC 7nm next effort, that would be more power efficient and still manage to crunch out a visual experience which, with the help of DLSS, could look similar enough to what the new gen of consoles offers that people could consider it a viable place to get all of their future games.
Work on the Switch 2 Nintendo, not the Switch Pro. Waste no resources on stopgap upgrades.
As much as they annoy me sometimes, good for Nintendo. I don’t want new stuff announced in some rando interview.
Typical interview riff-raff, nothing to see here. Not like he was going to announce some big console in an interview anyway.
I think Nintendo make new hardware concepts all the time, they probably have a console on par with the PS5/Xbox whatever, but it's just a concepts, a prototype that will never really see the light of day.
I would imagine that the very early idea for the Switch probably came all the way back in the 90s when they had the little cartridges for the SNES that could play GameBoy games on your TV.
I also imagine that if they went ahead an announced a Pro right now, it would dip their current console sale momentum so at the very least, we won't be getting that news this side of Christmas.
I should just read the main Polygon article, at least that way I know what the 10 articles Nintendolife will post for the week after will be. Couple of paragraphs? New article. Much the same as when Nintendo does their quarterly reports.
I am in the minority that do NOT want a Switch pro. I am satisfied with my Switch. All I want are MORE and MORE games.
They'll just tweak the existing model, perhaps up the ARM processor output to allow for more stable frame rates and a higher rez lock. Maintain the battery limits and up the efficiency of Switch. I believe they will be ready to unveil a "new" console in 2 years, when they are prepared to go all in on VR. This will be a separate product from Switch, but may utilise "some" of the licenses purchased on eshop.
@RudyC3 NVIDIA and Nintendo have cemented their working relationship for quite a few years to come. NVIDIA is quite happy with the money they’re getting for the Tegra, so they’re going to want to keep this relationship alive. If Nintendo is pleased, then they won’t go anywhere. They stuck it out with IBM and AMD (graphics) for over a decade before they went to NVIDIA.
I think they’ll be wanting to complete the ecosystem in 2021. Three Nintendo Switch products will round it out: handheld, hybrid and TV-only. The hybrid will get updated internals to closely resemble the TV-only model, but it won’t be anything huge. Either way, I’m sure I’ll be buying new Nintendo hardware next year of some kind.
@nessisonett Dodging questions about titles that are yet to be fully unveiled as well as an update to the existing form factor? Yeah, business as usual there.
I can’t wait until this Switch pro obsession dies. Just wait until the successor comes out. Nintendo is not going to release some model that is so disparate from the current models that it splinters the consumer base. System not powerful enough for you? Get a series x or a ps5 and wait on the successor.
For that matter even if they did... they wouldn’t tell anybody until they were ready. Asking Nintendo about this mess is a wasted question.
TL; DR "Why would we be releasing another model right now when the current ones are printing money by themselves?"
Even Lite has never provided much beyond an appreciable sidecar to the main model's sales, contrary to all the "everybody who's anybody uses Switch strictly handheld" talks in the fandom (the same fandom, mind you, that went on to upload videos of Frankensteining their Lites to a TV), and Bowser's words suggest Nintendo really doesn't expect a significant profit boost from the people who fancy BotW in portable 4K, let alone those who want a "Pro" for some kind of exclusive ports incompatible with the rest of Switch family. Let's get back to this sometime in 2023, shall we?
Did they expect him to give anything but a non-answer? No matter if he says yes or no to a Switch Pro, it can affect the sales numbers and the stocks negatively... people will either rage over a lack of a pro version or wait with buying a Switch untill the pro comes out (not a smart move in the christmas season)
Remember that Nintendo denied the DS Lite literally two days before they announced it.
Nintendo will never embraced new tech unless that tech is cheap enough for consumer to afford and for them to take advantage of. Reason why Nintendo didn't simply jump to PS4 and Xbox One level of specs from the get-go with the launch of the Switch was cause they want to make the console cheap and affordable as possible while still powerful enough to be relevant in the long run. I believe they had a more powerful Switch in the planning soon, they just don't want the leakers to find that out.
@Guest88 pro aint happening man cause were only a few years away from switch 2.
In their own words a Pro or NeXtGen system is coming.
And we’re always looking at what is coming to determine: How can it enhance and improve the gameplay experience? And whether that’s on a current platform, or whether that’s on a future platform, we’re always looking at that.
And the NintenDoomed fandom it out in Trolls. Wow, they have nothing else better to say when Switch is making a killing in sales and games.
yet next week we gonna have another article about this
They are just saying people are idiots for calling it "pro"
Why is this news? Everyone knows Nintendo is working in some way in the succesor/upgrade. Also, because of the season we currwntly are, i would find irrational that an executive of any firm says something like " Yes, we are working in a new hardware scheduled for 1Q of 2021" in a random interview.
Ok let me get this straight, all I'm hoping from Nintendo is a new console. That's all!
I'll put it simple. Nintendo will not tell you what they're about to do, but there is clearly a growing need for a Switch Pro, and they know it. There's no way the current Switch will last another five years as is. It's just not realistic. Nintendo will wait for all the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X hype to die down and we will hear an announcement likely by late 2021. So I predict Switch Pro by Spring 2022.
Either this is Nintendo subverting expectations and hiding a "Nintendo Switch Pro," or Nintendo's actually telling the truth and they're looking more into innovation as opposed to more powerful hardware.
Whatever the case may be, I have my doubts that a Switch Pro would be of any use aside from better(?) ports. I'm remaining skeptical because even if it was powerful enough to handle ports of PS5/XS games, storage seems to be the main concern. Unless they decided it was okay to jack up the prices due to some expensive SSD or 64gb Game Cards, the Switch Pro seems far off unless it was simply a revision to fix... whatever issues the regular Switch console itself has, hardware wise and excluding controllers.
@Gwynbleidd The current one rarely even touches 1080p 30 and XSX games are usually around 1600p in 4k mode.
I think a better target would be more consistent and smooth 1080p.
Also, it's bulky for a handheld as is and you want it bigger?
Half way through at 5 years would be a 10 year lifecycle. Average is what 5-7 years. Hard to believe we not going to get something new in that time.
It just isn't needed.
The constant push for tiny iteration of upgrades is unhealthy on all but business. Stop desiring it!
You're all getting excited for lighting... LIGHTING!?... It's insane.
Why do journalists even bother asking questions that they know can't be answered?
You would have better luck asking Doug Bowser to publicly reveal his social security number.
What are your thoughts? Are we going to see a handheld again or a home console with better power?
If Nintendo doesn't enter the market with a second edition switch, fully backwards compatible and just a better version that slowly gets its own games, I don't know what they thinking.
Switch is a hit, and the ecosystem potential is staring us right in the face.
@erv it worked terrible for the new 3ds and any only new 3ds games sold like crap. I think that makes them apprehensive
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