Rumor: two Switch hardware revisions entering production

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Costello, Jun 16, 2019.



    According to the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is currently moving its production sites away from China, to an undisclosed location in South East Asia. The reason behind this move is the trade war between China and the US, with tariffs now applying to all Chinese-made electronic products. The WSJ is also revealing that two new models have entered production: a new, more powerful system that will resemble the current one; and a second "lite" model that will be sold at a cheaper price and look somewhat different.
    This has not been confirmed by Nintendo yet and nobody yet knows when these two new models will hit the market. But if this comes true, will The Witcher 3 run at a higher resolution than 540p on the new, more powerful model? Time will tell. Which of these models are you more likely to purchase?

    :arrow: Source: WSJ
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  1. TLOZmaster

    TLOZmaster GBAtemp Fan

    Feb 21, 2015
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    Idk, this whole thing seems semi-off to me. You'd think if they were gonna release a new revision anytime soon it would've been announced at E3. Maybe it'll be out around Christmas?
  2. x65943

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    Wow moving production is pretty significant. Seems like Trump's trade war is actually affecting more than I thought.
  3. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    or maybe black Friday?
    this doesn’t seem so far fetched to me, hardware revisions are a common thing for Nintendo
    the Switch has been on the market for a while now
    and it’s the WSJ after all...
    wishful thinking
  4. osaka35

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    Ps5 and Xbox Scarlett will be out next year, most likely. Always a good idea to have a revision around the same time to stay "current".

    I'll take a more powerful one, yes. A lite that's more like a traditional portable? Maybe, maybe. Could be good stuff.
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  5. Lumian

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    Jun 16, 2019
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    It's more than possible the hardware revisions were done, in part, to throw a monkey wrench in all the hacking going on right now too.
  6. Xzi

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    I'm ready to trade up to a Switch Pro. I wonder exactly how much more power they can get out of it if they're sticking with the same form factor, though. More RAM would probably be helpful.
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  7. sup3rgh0st

    sup3rgh0st Top Tier Ghost

    Apr 22, 2010
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    What makes this rumor any more credible than the numerous others? We've been having the "new Switch revisions" leaked for months now.
  8. leafeon34

    leafeon34 意地悪な男の人

    Sep 30, 2014
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    There have been rumors going on for a while from the Wall Street Journal and a Japanese business analytics firm whose name I don't remember. I'm assuming this one made front page news because the Wall Street Journal is a creditable source and this time they report the new models have entered the production stage.
    Post June 2018 Switches on FW 8.0 or higher are currently believed to be unhackable. Hacking probably has nothing to do with it.
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  9. Johnton

    Johnton GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 10, 2018
    And why not?
    They released 6 or 7 revisions of the 3DS.
    This excites me a little to be honnest.
    I want to see the design of those things.
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  10. Xplic1T

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    If only we can get a bigger screen and aluminum case ...
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  11. Chary

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    WSJ has been really backing this claim hard. At this point, I believe it. It’s baffling to keep it from being announced at E3, but Nintendo has always been a very weird company.
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  12. Pipistrele

    Pipistrele GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 21, 2019
    It's, like, 5th or 6th rumor on the matter at this point?
  13. Xzi

    Xzi A terrible fate fills you with determination

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    It kinda makes sense. To some extent, hardware announcements at E3 get swept under the rug in favor of all the focus on games. This way they can dedicate a Nintendo Direct, of whatever length they want, solely to showing off the new revisions and their capabilities. And they can drop the announcement late summer/early fall, right before holiday shopping season begins.
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    Rumours rumours everywhere here's one of the best rumours enjoy
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  15. pedro702

    pedro702 GBAtemp Guru

    Mar 3, 2014
    this seems wierd imo becuase if its entering production they would be released in like 3 months so why not reveal them at e3? doesnt make much sence to me.
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  16. pLaYeR^^

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    Both patched :glare:
  17. Ericthegreat

    Ericthegreat Not New Member

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    For me if it runs cfw, I'd get one, otherwise, no.
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  18. wiindsurf

    wiindsurf Newbie

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    OLED plz!
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  19. MostlyUnharmful

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    Feb 8, 2018
    Cf. "The Osborne Effect" circa 1983
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