A report from The Wall Street Journal is claiming that Nintendo is planning to release an upgraded version of the Switch in the latter half of next year.
LootPots sources have confirmed the plans, which have been in the works for at least the past few months, are genuine. Interestingly, one of our sources claims that an upgrade to Nvidia’s Pascal microarchitecture was also on the table at one point.
According to the WSJ report, the new version of the console is being brought to market quickly to ensure sales momentum is maintained and to ensure that the switch doesn’t lose its competitive edge.
Nintendo is said to still be debating internally what hardware or software changes will be included in the refresh according to The Wall Street Journal’s sources that are said to have knowledge of the discussions.
WSJ’s sources specifically mentioned that one option on the table is improving the Nintendo Switch’s display. While an OLED panel isn’t expected to be adopted, Nintendo is apparently considering using a newer, brighter LCD panel that will also enable the handheld to be thinner and more power efficient.
As of June 2018, the Switch sold close to 20 million units and Nintendo maintain their goal of shipping a further 20 million by the end of this financial year in March 2019.
It’s worth noting of course that nothing has been confirmed by Nintendo at this time and a spokesman for the company declined to comment.