[UPDATE] Rumor: "upgraded" Nintendo Switch to launch early next year

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Such rumors have made the news every so often: Nintendo plans a new Switch model. Back in 2019, The Wall Street Journal reported that Nintendo was working on two Switch models: one with enhanced features targeted at avid gamers and the other towards more casual gamers. Later that year, we saw the launch of the Switch Lite but we have yet to see the "enhanced" version. Earlier this year Nintendo said that it has no plans for a new Switch model in 2020. So maybe they have plans for one in 2021? That might be the case according to a new report from Taiwanese newspaper, United Daily News.

According to translations from Resetera and Google translation of the news source, the new Switch model will begin production in Q4 2020, with an expected launch for Q1 2021. The biggest changes to the upgraded model will include improved 'interactivity' and display quality. United Daily News cites its source as numerous hardware manufacturers that work on parts for current Switch models. But as always, take these news with a pinch of salt.

Would you like to see an upgraded Switch model akin to the DSi? Or would you rather have Nintendo's new console compete directly to the PS5 and Xbox Series X?

[UPDATE]

A new report from Bloomberg also claims that Nintendo plans "an upgraded model of its Switch console next year" that will release along with "a lineup of new games".

The report notes that while specifications haven't been finalized, Nintendo is looking to include "more computing power and 4K high-definition graphics" in this upgraded model.

Bloomberg claims its sources are people briefed on Nintendo's strategy but asked not to be identified as it’s private, but its news seems to corroborate that made by United Daily News earlier.

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Such rumors have made the news every so often: Nintendo plans a new Switch model. Back in 2019, The Wall Street Journal reported that Nintendo was working on two Switch models: one with enhanced features targeted at avid gamers and the other towards more casual gamers. Later that year, we saw the launch of the Switch Lite but we have yet to see the "enhanced" version. Earlier this year Nintendo said that it has no plans for a new Switch model in 2020. So maybe they have plans for one in 2021? That might be the case according to a new report from Taiwanese newspaper, United Daily News.

According to translations from Resetera and Google translation of the news source, the new Switch model will begin production in Q4 2020, with an expected launch for Q1 2021. The biggest changes to the upgraded model will include improved 'interactivity' and display quality. United Daily News cites its source as numerous hardware manufacturers that work on parts for current Switch models. But as always, take these news with a pinch of salt.

Would you like to see an upgraded Switch model akin to the DSi? Or would you rather have Nintendo's new console compete directly to the PS5 and Xbox Series X?

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tbh though it would likely be a 1000 dollar console if they tried to make a switch that actually competed with or at least came really close to either of the two
 
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Switch with 4K res, no battery, no handheld mode, running by plug wall.
If it's not that, then I'm not interested.
unlike being portable mode only with the switch light being docked only would without a doubt make some games unplayable or render portions largely unavailable that make use of the touchscreen with no easy way to work around say issue
 

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every single year, some fucking outlet is trying to sabotage switch holiday sales with this rumor ffs
This kind of rumor happens to any products from any major tech company.

The RTX 3080 got a new rumor/leak every 2 weeks since the beginning of the year


Anyway here's the specs I am expecting, and nothing less:
4k120fps, RTX, 64GB of DDR5 RAM, 1TB SSD
 
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No handheld mode haha your kidding me right. This thing main force is being a handheld aswell as console.

No handheld would offer quite a bit of significant advantages and would add to the family of switches, without making consumers feel that they got cheated by buying the current switch.
- This would allow the switch CPU to run at native speed if the concern about battery/form factor is dropped.
- Better wifi/built in ethernet support
- Internal memory using swappable SSD/M.2 factor: Now that would really be pushing it but gosh is this needed in some games.

Regardless of whether they drop handheld or not:
- Better resolution: Could be enhanced through AI to reach 4k, like the nvidia shield pro currently does. Not sure how feasible that is for gaming though.
 
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No handheld would offer quite a bit of significant advantages and would add to the family of switches, without making consumers feel that they got cheated by buying the current switch.
- This would allow the switch CPU to run at native speed if the concern about battery/form factor is dropped.
- Better wifi/built in ethernet support
- Internal memory using swappable SSD/M.2 factor: Now that would really be pushing it but gosh is this needed in some games.

Regardless of whether they drop handheld or not:
- Better resolution: Could be enhanced through AI to reach 4k, like the nvidia shield pro currently does. Not sure how feasible that is for gaming though.
Shield Pro doesn't use AI to upscale. It has just software render solution based on made before base with machine learning. It's not good for games, because it's straining CPU/GPU.
For DLSS we need to wait for Volta SoC which will not happen on Switch lineup.
 
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